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US-Canada_Firewise FireSmart Collaboration_South Africa Wildfire 2011


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US-Canada_Firewise FireSmart Collaboration_South Africa Wildfire 2011

  1. 1. Collaboration Across Borders<br />A Partnership between FireSmart (Canada) and Firewise (USA)<br />Kelly Johnston<br />Molly Mowery<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Current Wildfire Issues in North America<br />FireSmart and Firewise Programs<br />Collaboration – Why and How<br />Photo credit: Michael Bond<br />
  3. 3. Wildfire Issues in North America<br />Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Trends<br />Economic Constraints<br />Environmental Concerns<br />
  4. 4. FireSmart (Canada)<br />Administered by Partners in Protection Assc.<br />Began in 1990 as largely Alberta-based <br />1st Edition FireSmart Manual (1999)<br />Developed using reference material from Canadian organizations, NFPA<br /> 2nd Edition (2003) <br />Significant increase in support <br />
  5. 5. Firewise (USA)<br />Administered by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)<br />Partnership with US Forest Service, US Dept of the Interior, National Association of State Foresters<br />“Firewise” term emerged in 1990s<br />
  6. 6. Firewise Communities/USA®<br /><ul><li>2002: 12 pilots launched
  7. 7. 2010: Nearly 700 recognized communities in 41 states throughout the U.S.
  8. 8.</li></li></ul><li>Why Collaboration?<br />Need for unified efforts in Canada<br />Compatible mission statements<br />Opportunity to share success of Firewise program<br />Information/ Resource Exchange<br />
  9. 9. Collaboration: Moving Forward<br />Memorandum of Understanding<br />Challenges and Goals<br />Strengthen Partnerships<br />Acknowledging Differences<br />Increase Membership <br />Secure Funding<br />
  10. 10. THANK YOU!<br />Kelly<br />Molly<br />