Step outside in Washington, and you are likely standing on a landscape shaped by fire. Longitude and latitude, rainfall and elevation—they all shift the particulars. But what doesn’t shift is the attachment—to our place, to each other, and to the gifts, challenges and responsibilities that wildfire brings to Washington.

The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition provides hands-on learning experiences about fire with youth in the Leavenworth area. Photo: Hilary Lundgren

How we CREATE CHANGE

Our members are curious and motivated to understand their relationship with wildfire, and learn from the experiences of others. It’s a mindset and way of behaving that brings energy to the room, emboldens quieter voices, and jump starts innovative, adaptive responses. We take the time to listen, because in our Network, listening leads to action. We are committed to the process (inputs, outputs, outcomes, impacts) and work to balance immediate needs with long-term objectives for resilience, restoration, and recovery. 

Here is just some of what WAFAC has accomplished together in our first four years.

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