Forest Collaborative Resources: Western Forest Fire Compacts

The Chairman’s Initiative of Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the "National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative," creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management. The work of the initiative positions Western Governors to recommend congressional efforts to improve forest management and encourage effective collaboration throughout the West. 

State forest fire compacts reduce wildfire suppression costs for local, state and federal jurisdictions by allowing states to share personnel and equipment and by minimizing the firefighting burden on any single state during periods of high fire occurrence. The Alliance of Forest Fire Compacts is a consortium of 43 states and several Canadian provinces and territories. Forest fire compacts with western states include:

Pinchot Institute for Conservation

The Pinchot Institute for Conservation was founded in 1964 with the mission to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. Through its ongoing partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Institute has conducted nonpartisan research on several forest policy issues related to Gov. Bullock’s Chairman's Initiative. Studies include:

Forest Collaborative Resources

In 2015, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) partnered with The Nature Conservancy to release a five-year report on the USFS’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The report gives details on 23 different collaborative programs across the US, and offers recommendations for successful collaboratives. Other collaborative guides include:

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