Developing Risk Management Strategies Dan Ohlson, M.Sc., MCIP, P.Eng.
Three Simple Steps • Brainstorm potential actions • Categorize & screen out the losers • Develop strategies around logical themes
Maximize timber value Enhance recreation Minimize cost Implement commercial thinning Protect viewscapes Define “let burn” areas Brainstorm Actions to Address Specific Plan Objectives What actions do you think should be considered in the planning area to………
Moisture stress causing reduced productivity Increased pests Lost softwood markets Shift to drought-tolerant species Sanitation cuts, prescribed burning Diversify timber supply Brainstorm Actions to Address Specific Vulnerabilities What actions do you think should be considered in the planning area to address………
Archeological assessment Fuels inventory Public education Conduct ecosystem inventory study Media briefings Fire history study Apply scenario tools Seek funding Reduce fuels Species conversion Partner with government/industry Pre-thinning Fall prescribe burn, high intensity Spring prescribe burn, low intensity Design monitoring plan Manage course woody debris Build fire breaks Increase suppression capability Do nothing Brainstorm Potential Actions IDENTIFY “NO REGRETS” OPTIONS Alternative harvest systems
Resource Inventories / Analyses Silviculture Techniques Prescribed Burn Comm. & Ed. Fire history Vegetation Fuels Model fire behaviour Thinning Adjust Rotations Underplanting Species Mix No burns Fall burn Spring burn Brief media Open houses Brochures Door-door Screen and Categorize
1 Start with a Status Quo 2 Develop Strategies Around Budget Levels, e.g., “do a little” or “do a lot” 3 Develop Strategies Around Different Themes, e.g., “As-If-Wilderness” “Frozen Landscape” “Managed Retreat” Develop Alternative Strategies
Traditional Thinning Adjust Rotations Underplanting Species Mix Base program Brief media Open houses Brochures Door-door No burns Fall burn Spring burn Status Quo Community Fire Protection Develop Strategies Silviculture Techniques Prescribed Burn Comm. & Ed.