Making fire a tool and not a threat requires smart policy
The West is a complex patchwork of public and private lands, ecosystems and habitat types. Resource management authority may stop at a fence line, but resource destruction knows no bounds, highlighting the need for comprehensive resource stewardship strategies. Private landowners and federal land permittees/lessees play a pivotal role in providing habitat for wildlife species, mitigating wildfire risk and connecting working landscapes. It is essential that public policies and programs are informed by those working closest to the ground.
The 2020 fire season saw catastrophic wildland fire expand to a scale rarely seen in recent memory. Our own members and neighbors are experiencing devastating losses from catastrophic wildfires. These fires have destroyed decades of conservation efforts, agricultural production and livelihoods. At the same time, we recognize that ecosystems are dynamic and fire is natural in many ecosystems.
That's why WLA supports a far more proactive approach to wildland fire mitigation: fire, when deployed well, can be used to both reduce the frequency and destructiveness of catastrophic wildfires, and restore ecosystems and native species to health and abundance. The U.S. Congress has the ability to take big strides toward making this happen. We encourage them to do so.
Contact your Senators
Let your senators know how important proactive and cross-boundary wildfire mitigation is to you. Tell a personal story of how your land is suffering, has been transformed, or would benefit from controlled burning or other sensible management strategies.
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