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Collaborating closely with stakeholders shapes the research agenda, yielding science-backed management solutions.

In order for our findings to have a meaningful impact in the real world, they cannot be locked up in an ivory tower. We are building a network of relationships — founded on trust, understanding, and ownership — among WFFRC and a wide array of stakeholders, ecosystem stewards, and decision makers. Through these reciprocal relationships, the science is informed by what’s needed on the ground, and the results are immediately available to inform decision making. As partners’ needs and questions evolve, the science agenda will adjust to address those emerging needs.

Through town hall meetings and regional focus groups, we are learning vital information about the science that’s needed to live more sustainably with fire, and vetting our science strategy with practitioners. We are continuing to develop a stakeholder engagement plan with the aim of expanding and strengthening these relationships, so that they endure for many years to come  and ensure success in building a more fire-resilient future.

Interested in partnering? Contact us to collaborate.



Winslow Hansen


Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Nichole Gange


Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

A lot of folks have this romantic notion of returning our landscapes to the condition they were in prior to Euro-American contact, but that was a moment in time with a set of conditions that may never occur again. It’s important to consider where we’ve been, but we need to consider where we are now, where we might be headed, and what we can do about it”

Rocky Mountain National Park
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