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Gov. Kulongoski to Represent WGA on Wildland Fire Leadership Council

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2010

Contact:  Ann Walker, 303-623-9378 ext. 109

DENVER -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski (Ore.) has been appointed by the Obama Administration to represent the Western Governors’ Association on the national Wildland Fire Leadership Council, which coordinates and implements wildland fire and fuels policies, goals and management activities.   The WFLC is an intergovernmental committee of federal, state, tribal, county and municipal officials and is considered a model for collaborative and effective leadership.

At a recent meeting, the council emphasized the need for states and stakeholders to be partners in developing and implementing a new cohesive wildfire management strategy.  Key elements include improved coordination and communication in preventing wildfires, creating fire-adapted communities, suppressing wildfires, and restoring and managing public lands at a landscape scale.

As an active WFLC member, the WGA has led efforts to convene diverse stakeholders to develop and implement shared solutions for natural resource management issues. The WGA’s Forest Health Advisory Committee also is recommending that a strategy address the following:

  • inclusive and transparent processes,
  • communities’ needs,
  • landscape-scale forest management and restoration, and
  • monitoring and adaptive management.

The Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture, who oversee WFLC, have until October to submit to Congress a joint report that contains a wildfire management strategy.

For more information, visit WGA's Forest Health and Wildfire Initiative Web page.