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Decision makers must know more clearly where, when, how, and why our forest ecosystems and fire regimes are changing, what the consequences might be, and how available tools could influence outcomes.

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 townhall 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.



Anna Trugman

University of California, Santa Barbara

Winslow Hansen

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Brian Harvey

University of Washington

Christopher Kibler

University of California, Santa Barbara

Lara Kueppers

University of California, Berkeley

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