There have been ongoing efforts throughout the United States to reduce the effects of catastrophic wildfire, reduce wildfire losses, and gain a long-term fire resiliency. In order to address these growing wildland fire challenges, a collaborative effort called the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy was established. The three main goals of the strategy include restoring and maintaining fire resilient landscapes, creating fire adapted communities, and responding to wildfire. The three-phased strategy is lead by federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, to assist with future management and planning for wildland fire issues.
A national science advisory team was created and proposed using comparative risk assessments (see the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools, or CRAFT) to evaluate alternatives developed by three Regional Strategy Committees from the Northeast, Southeast, and Western regions of the United States. UNC Asheville’s NEMAC has provided support to the science team through meeting facilitation and developing products including maps, planning materials, and interactive online tools.