The Challenge of Long-term Implementation Sustaining CWPP’s
Implementation Challenges • New and emerging players; • Shifting priorities of elected officials and managers; • Reevaluation of risk criteria to improve the prioritization process; • Maintaining fuel reduction project momentum;
Improving Productivity • Applying objectives at a regional scale; • Moving to a neighborhood level; • Developing biomass uses; • Establishing a system to record fuel treatments; • How to effectively monitor projects?
Varied Community Interests • Suppression and public safety • Fuel reduction and fire risk • Forest health • Prevention education/Defensible space • High priority community values • Biomass utilization
The Need for Collective Action • Community/multi-party based; • Collaboration that build community relationships and abilities; • On a scale that supports the goal of “communities living with wildfire;” • Supported by continual, shared learning
Key Contributors to Productive Implementation? • Wildfire definitionsbased onmultiple interests (or frames); • Scales that createregional strategies and local action; • Sharing knowledge through extended community education; • Community and agency leaderswho bridge (or intermediaries) networks, organizations, and scales.
The critical roles of community concerns/interests • what a CWPP will emphasize, • who gets involved, • and the extent to which it is “owned” by the community and agencies; These outcomes affect long term implementation and productivity
Multiple Concernsbroaden community participation • A risk to lives, property and communities; • Addressing forest health-related ecological conditions; • Landscape changes due to urban development; • Biomass utilization • Others?
Scales for Strategy and Action • Regional or state scale networks focus on strategic landscape-level planning, coordinating treatment response, creating prevention education, and sharing lessons learned. • while community, neighborhood, and county-scale networksstress on the ground mitigation and prevention actions. • Combining these approaches can produce a balanced and sustainable range of community protection projects.
Communities that learn together strengthen implementation • Participants may begin by map values-at-risk, and organizing a variety of resources; • Establish shared understandings of the wildfire problem, • Heightened their knowledge of potential actions and available resources, • Create an expanded network of individuals and organizations.
Intermediary or Bridging Individuals or Organizations • Have key contacts within communities and organizations, ; • Play strong leadership and bridging roles among multiple entities. • Mobilize internaland external resources. • Possess the time and skills to organize the knowledge/skills of participants to achieve shared goals.
Suggestions to maintain effective implementation • Embed into larger county level CWPPs to achieve a landscape level projects; • Link to a county-level hazard mitigation plan to utilize resources effectively; • Tie the CWPP to Community FireWise Plans to incorporate neighborhood prevention, education, and mitigation initiatives; • Integrate with federal or state wildfire resource management and fuel reduction plans to maximize WUI protection; • Build bio-mass usesto establish a forest- restoration, economic focus.
Maintain Enduring Collective Relationships • Establish implementation and monitoring committees; • Set and update short-term, achievable goals; • Hire or appoint a CWPP Coordinator; • Sustain communityeducation through effective working relationships, dedicated resources, and multi-scale particpation.
Key Lessons • Maximize achievements by involving multiple community interests, integrating diverse social scales, identifying bridge-building entities, and supporting shared learning; • Keep participant’s informed and engaged by strengthening continual accountability through monitoring
Collaboration and Productive Implementation • Collaboration builds multiple abilities and skills needed for collective action; • Successful wildfire mitigation occurs through long-term implementation; • Sustaining implementationof CWPP’s is the ultimate measure of the successes resulting from building and integrating collaborative abilities, relationships, and resources.