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2014 Quadrennial Fire Review brochure cover.

2014 Quadrennial Fire Review brochure (PDF, 3.2 MB)

Help shape the future of wildland fire management!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR)?

A: The Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) is a strategic risk assessment that has been conducted every four years since 2005. The QFR evaluates current wildland fire mission strategies and capabilities against best estimates of the future environment to explore potential risks, threats, challenges, and opportunities.

A defining aspect of the QFR process is identifying future impacts to the wildland fire community – specifically those that have either not yet been identified or are known but may have changed since the last QFR (2009).

It is a joint effort of the Forest Service, the four Federal land management bureaus of the Department of the Interior (DOI), as well as the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and other local, tribal, and nongovernmental partners.

Q: What is the QFR Crowdsourcing site?

A: Crowdsourcing is a transparent and interactive way for a community to engage to discuss specific topics that is available at any time of day. The QFR Crowdsourcing site facilitates idea sharing among stakeholders to identify the best solutions for the FY14 QFR. The QFR process will employ crowdsourcing to complement core outreach and information collection processes such as interviews and focus groups. The QFR Crowdsourcing site is not a place for individuals to solicit general feedback. Contributions to the site should be specifically focused on the priorities listed. Ideas should be forward-thinking, out 10 to 20 years, and generate problem-solving in response to the current priorities. The QFR Crowdsourcing site is not a place for expressing general frustration. Ideas and comments should be positive and action-oriented.

Q: How do I know if my idea is right for the 2014 QFR?

A: If you have an idea that addresses one of the QFR areas of concern, as it relates to the future of wildland fire management, please share it! Even if you don't know all of the details to make the idea doable, sharing it will allow dialogue among all of our stakeholders to help refine it. Please share your ideas in as much detail as you have today, considering the future. We welcome your perspective and appreciate your ideas as we determine next steps.

Q: What are the benefits of doing crowdsourcing for the QFR?

A: The QFR Crowdsourcing site allows stakeholders with a variety of perspectives to share ideas and engage in dialogue to identify the best for the 2014 QFR. By bringing together stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, we can brainstorm actionable ideas that can have impacts 10-20 years down the road.

Q: Why should I participate in the QFR Crowdsourcing site?

A: You are the future of wildland fire management. Sharing an idea within a crowdsourcing platform allows others to comment and strengthen an original idea. As you share your ideas, you will help wildland fire leadership, across the Nation, address concerns in the best way possible. Your perspective is important to us.

Q: Who can submit an idea to the 2014 QFR?

A: Long-standing stakeholders, as well as those who haven't been as engaged but are impacted by Forest Service and DOI decisions and actions, are invited to participate in the QFR Crowdsourcing effort. Entries may be submitted by individuals or small groups. There is no limit on the number of entries an individual or group may submit.