Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan County
Yakima Valley Fire Adapted Communities Coalition, Yakima County
Flowery Trails Community Association, Stevens County
Hidden Valley/Swauk, Kittitas County
Lincoln County Conservation District, Lincoln County
Seattle City Light-Skagit Hydroelectric Project, Whatcom County
Chelan County Fire District 1, Chelan County
Four Mound, Spokane County
South Mt Adams, Klickitat County
Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, Chelan County
Greater Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities, Chelan County
WAFAC Network Steering Committee Members:
Tim Cook, Washington Department of Emergency Management
Megan Fitzgerald-McGowan, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Guy Gifford, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Russ Hobbs, Kittitas County Fire & Rescue
Brett Holt, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Reese Lolley, The Nature Conservancy
Lauren Maloney, Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group
Richard Parrish, Bureau of Land Management
Terry Lawhead, Washington State Department of Commerce
WAFAC Network Staff:
Ryan Anderson, Executive Director
What is the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC)?
The Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (WAFAC), funded by the Bureau of Land Management, facilitates learning and provides a means to invest resources in communities around Washington that are working to better live with wildfire. The Network provides member communities with resources to engage with other WAFAC participants, thereby increasing local capacity, and elevating our collective ability to adapt communities’ relationships to the complex fire issues we face.
Why Washington, why now?
• Washington is coming off of its largest fire season in recorded history. Washingtonians are hungry for an alternative to the costly and reactionary model of fire management that has dominated the US.
• Washington has an opportunity to lead. Lessons learned here will help inform Fire Adapted Communities progress across the nation.
• Programs/capacity (such as CWPP’s, Ready Set Go!, and Firewise) have been operating for many years in some places. Recognizing that alone these are not enough, Washington communities are seeking a long-term, integrated approach to an issue that cannot be “solved.” Fire is a part of the landscape.
• As climate change, cost containment and rural growth converge, Washington needs to build local capacity for adaptation, response and recovery.
• Washington is ready and capable of implementing change at the state level.
What are the goals for Washington?
• Cohesion – Support the integration of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy’s three goals: resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities, and efficient response to wildfire.
• Acceleration – Accelerate the adoption, innovation, and diffusion of best practices associated with Fire Adapted Communities programs and strategies across communities and geographies.
• Adaptation – Foster a strong and resilient Washington whose residents understand their role (and the role of fire) in a fire-adapted landscape.
• Connection – Create a strong network structure that connects local Fire Adapted Communities with Fire Adapted Communities around the state and nation.
• Learning – Provide Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network members the space and support to grow and learn.
How does WAFAC Operate?
• Financial Support – Members receive financial support through an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management and administered by the South Central Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council.
• Connected Partners – The Network is shaped by a dedicated group of Steering Committee members from a diverse cross-section of Washington.
• Technical Support – Members are supported by a group of capable staff members who provide guidance, enhance network sharing and function, and share the outcomes of the Network with a larger audience.