Is Your Community at Risk from 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. by Ben Yellin, MCP

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Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

Tailored to land use planners, Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado provides detailed information about assessing a community’s risk level to hazards and describes how to implement numerous land use planning tools and strategies in a manner that reduces risk. While the guide’s examples and data sources are largely Colorado-specific, the description of tools and sample land use code language provide a good starting point for any municipality or county in the West or across the country. by Logan Sand, Recovery and Resilience Planner, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

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A Western Planner in FEMA’s court - Learning about the community rating system

A Western Planner in FEMA’s court - Learning about the community rating system

A planner adds floodplain management to his job duties in rural New Mexico. by Brad Stebleton

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New Community Assistance Program Helps Communities Plan for Wildfire

New Community Assistance Program Helps Communities Plan for Wildfire

The new Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program assists communities in planning for the challenges associated with the wildland-urban interface. by Molly Mowery

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Ranching with Fire and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: Livelihoods, resiliency, and adaptive capacity of rural Idaho

Ranching with Fire and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: Livelihoods, resiliency, and adaptive capacity of rural Idaho

The active participation of RFPAs helps increase the overall planning capacity in rural regions as demonstrated by Idaho’s first RFPA, located in Mountain Home. by Kyle McCormick, MRCP and Dr. Thomas Wuerzer

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Minot, North Dakota: Small city, checkered past, bright future

Minot, North Dakota: Small city, checkered past, bright future

The outlook for Minot is looking brighter with planning, investment, and numerous changes in the city’s governmental structure paving the way. by Steven J. Borjeson

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Public and private agencies working together to fight the mountain pine beetle

Public and private agencies working together to fight the mountain pine beetle

A growing mountain pine beetle infestation led to a first-of-its-kind cooperative agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and Lawrence County that allowed the county to treat forest areas. by Dave Heck

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