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Wildland Fire Planning and Management
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Wildland Fire Planning and Management

DTA provides Sub-Regional Wildland Fire Planning and Management strategies to public agencies and collections of private landowners seeking to better utilize limited resources to make the best decisions about fire planning.

Wildland Fire is one of the substantial puzzles of the present moment. There is much agreement that catastrophic wildfires must be addressed and the public is demonstrating a readiness to commit substantial resources to the problem.  The landscape is teeming with crews measuring forests, assessing infrastructure, trimming trees, removing trees and otherwise modifying the landscape in many ways. The public is torn between aggressive fire prevention and preservation of natural and cultural values. Insurance concerns and public utilities seek immediate protection of their interests. Landowners seek simple advice regarding the best strategy for their property.  And public agencies are producing volumes of new law and policy, some of it very smart, some of it regressive.

The result is confusion and many conflicting goals and equally conflicting actions.  The public resource that has been committed is diluted by regulatory complexity, imbalanced responses to physical settings and, in some cases, simple carpet-bagging.

The missing ingredient is comprehensive, results-based planning occurring at the correct scale. Such planning is, surprisingly, the purview of a category of professionals not typically associated with environmental planning.

DTA has developed an approach to Wildland Fire Planning and Management that takes a different tack. Instead of looking at fire as an environmental problem, with typical environmental solutions, we look at the landscape as a system of values, conditions and processes that behave, for management purposes, very much like other environments more familiar to planners.

We provide actual planning and project management services, individual landowner strategies, education and guidance, and we perform research on landscapes affected by fire to assess not only the negative impacts of wildfire, but also positive results that can be leveraged and utilized with proper planning.

Most importantly, we help assemble a framework for project identification and implementation that allows decision makers to proceed with confidence in defining near-term and long-term actions that use limited resources in the most effective ways.

We combine expertise in multi-project program development and management with our skills in collaborative, community based design and planning to support an emerging menu of complex actions that must be implemented over a landscape largely consisting of private property. We engage landowners with highly diverse interests, very different views on the environment and concerns that go far beyond fire safety.

We do this not by making the problem and process more complex, but by simplifying it so that landowners and agencies can focus on the genuine intersections that unite both interests and efforts. We provide strategies that allow forward motion so that we can change the landscape to better accommodate wildland fire.