On a trip to Boise, Idaho this week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $10 million in funding to help increase the resiliency of landscapes across the country to better mitigate the impacts of climate change and wildland fires, and called on Congress to fix the wildfire suppression fund, according to an article, "Secretary Jewell announces $10 million for projects to increase wildfire resilience" by Bill Gabbert in Wildfire Today, and a press release distributed by the Department of the Interior.
The Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program, according to Jewell is a new approach to help realize fire resiliency and restore vulnerable rangelands and forests across the country through multi-year investments in chosen landscapes. The Program was launched last year and incorporates goals of Secretarial Order 3336, Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration and the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy that points to managing vegetation and fuels, and protecting homes, communities and other values at risk among other challenges.The goals were put into place to help ensure that the projects emphasize collaboration at the highest level with partners, plan on a landscape-scale across multiple jurisdictions, lessen the risk from catastrophic wildfire and enhance the protection of critical natural resources and watersheds.
The current funding helps support the second year of work on these projects. Get a full list of the projects and their descriptions on the Program's webpage and read Gabbert's full article to learn more.
Last week, Secretary Jewell held a summit in Washington, D.C. with federal agencies, fire departments and other key stakeholders, including NFPA, at the White House regarding the increasing danger to communities in the WUI. Read our latest post about the meeting.
Photo: Secretary Jewell at the announcement in Boise, Idaho, holding a Firewise program brochure, "How to Have a Firewise Home."