“ The past settles its accounts… …the ability to deal with a crisis situation is largely dependent on the structures that have been developed before chaos arrives. The event can in some ways be considered as an abrupt and brutal audit: at a moment's notice, everything that was left unprepared becomes a complex problem, and every weakness comes rushing to the forefront." Preventing Chaos in a Crisis - Patrick Lagadec
TNC is an advocate for using prescribed fire for ecosystem management. Their approach is professional and based on understanding the science and historic role of fire in natural processes. Conducting this review, without some serious incident to provoke it, is an example of the kind of forethought that serves as the foundation of the TNC Fire Initiative.
TNC personnel involved in this review demonstrated energy, intellect and openness that are seldom encountered in large organizations.
Paula Seamon provided excellent insights into TNC policy, procedures and idiosyncrasies that were invaluable to the review team. She is a positive force in the TNC fire program.
The Fire Management Manual direction that requires each fire manager to understand state laws that apply to them is superb. Managing risk is predicated upon knowledge of authorities starting with state statutes.
The existing Fire Management Manual is comprehensive and well structured. While this review suggests changes to improve the overall effectiveness of the manual, in no way should the review comments be construed as broad based criticism of said document.
Fire management, by its very nature, requires relationships with many partners. TNC collaborates and cooperates with a wide variety of agencies, departments, volunteers and individuals. The culture of working with and through others serves the mission of TNC very well.
Adopting the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Standards for Training and Qualifications “310-1” puts TNC employees on common ground with other wildland fire agencies throughout the United States. It also provides a consistent standard within TNC for determining fire management qualifications.
TNC attorneys Susan Lauscher and Laura Robinson provided excellent background and support during their phone interview.
1998, TNC BOG passed a resolution indemnifying staff…
in the performance of such duties or service, or incurred while acting in such capacity or arising out of his or her status as such, provided that such person acted in good faith and in a manner reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interests of The Nature Conservancy, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe that such conduct was unlawful or fraudulent.