Sign up for Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire: Planner Training (pre-conference)

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the 2017 SDPA/WP Conference in Spearfish, SD we will be offering a pre-conference session presented by Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire for $50. Read the flyer.

This one-day training taking an in-depth look at how wildfires are affecting western communities and which planning and regulatory tools can reduce the increasing impacts from wildfires. Planning tools for wildfire mitigation will cover a range of scales, including buildings, lots, subdivisions and communities. Case studies will draw from several western communities, and show how to leverage the effectiveness of different tools—such as the Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, and Community Wildfire Protection Plan—to reduce wildfire risk.

Register today!

Photo provided by Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire.

Photo provided by Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire.

Is Your Community at Risk from Wildfire?

This year, over six million acres have burned across the country, impacting communities and forcing evacuations. While firefighters are doing a fantastic job, they cannot be 100 percent effective at fire suppression. Utilizing land use planning to prepare our communities for the dangers of wildfire can drastically mitigate the impact of wildfires to local infrastructure, watersheds, housing and economies. Read the article about CPAW's efforts


Established in 2015 by Headwaters Economics and Wildfire Planning International, Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) works with communities to reduce wildfire risks through improved land use planning. CPAW is a grant-funded program providing communities with professional assistance from foresters, planners, economists and wildfire risk modelers to integrate wildfire mitigation into the development planning process. Visit

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