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Lake States Administrators

Consortium Staff

Elizabeth Toman
Visiting Assistant Professor

Cohesive Wildland Fire Management
Strategy for the Northeast US

Regional Action Plan Released

The Wildland Fire Executive Committee today announced the release of Regional Action Plans for wildland fire management in the Northeast, Southeast and West. The plans respond to requirements of the Federal Land Assistance, Management, and Enhancement (FLAME) Act of 2009. Regional Action Plans, recently accepted by the WFEC, are the latest of a three-phase effort focusing on the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy:  Restoring and Maintaining Resilient Landscapes, Creating Fire Adapted Communities, and Responding to Wildfire. 
  • Phase I developed a national strategy document and a report to Congress.
  • In Phase II, regional assessments addressed the national goals and the challenges found at regional and local levels. Regional Strategy Committees examined how wildland fire, or its absence, threatens wildlife habitats, watershed quality, and local economies.
  • Phase III took this qualitative information and created regional risk analysis reports that in turn have helped develop management actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of wildland fire management programs and activities on the ground. Each of the three geographic regions produced an RAP which will help create a National Action Plan due in the fall of 2013.

The Regional Action Plan is available online.
More information about the Cohesive Strategy and the entire process is available at
If you have any questions, please contact:

Maureen Brooks
Community Fire Planner, Fire Prevention
US Forest Service
Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
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