Two opportunities were recently shared by wildfire prevention partners in the Southwest. The first is for grant opportunities (Rural Fire Defense 80/20) for rural fire departments in Oklahoma and Community Wildfire Protection grants. According to an Oklahoma Forestry news release, “The grants are authorized by Governor Mary Fallin, funded by Oklahoma Legislature and administered by the Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Oklahoma’s Rural Fire Coordinators grade the applications and select recipients.” The Rural Fire Defense 80/20 grant will provide funding for equipment and construction costs for rural fire departments that serve communities with populations less than 10,000. The Community Wildfire Protection grants are available to city, towns and local fire departments with a completed Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). For more information about these opportunities visit the Oklahoma Forestry Services website or call 405 522-6158.
A second opportunity available is to participate in a free webinar presented by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium on August 31 at 11 AM. Webinar presenter, Sasha Stortz from Northern Arizona University will be speaking about the East Jemez Landscape Futures (EJLF) project. This collaborative project has engaged twenty different stakeholders to work together to manage areas of the eastern Jemez Mountains. Because of the positive collaborative working group, they were able to develop a holistic approach to land management. For more information about this webinar opportunity, visit the Southwest Fire Science Consortium website.