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Wildland Fire Leadership Council Meeting

March 16-17, 2010
Washington DC


Cohesive Strategy

The WFLC agreed to adopt the Cohesive Strategy (CS) proposal in the comprehensive form, including the three components of Landscape Restoration, Fire-Adapted Communities, and Fire Response as presented. The 2009 Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) and National Policy Framework Documents (A Call to Action, Mutual Expectations, and Roles and Responsibilities) will be the foundational documents from which the CS will be developed, and that “Risk” will be the “common currency” used for scientific evaluation and assessment of alternatives.

Before April 15, 2010, the WFLC members will be provided with details of this CS blueprint approach including, process structure, locations of workshop, categories of invitees, a plan for tribal consultation and how this will meet the requirements of the FLAME Act.

The WFLC will act as Board of Directors, oversee the invitation process, and ensure the development process is collaborative.

The CS Oversight Committee, Tom Harbour and Kirk Rowdabaugh, will send Cohesive Strategy development process details to Ryan Yates, Mike Carrier, Ann Walker, Caitlyn Pollihan, Bob Roper, and Jim Erickson. They will make suggestions about who to invite and locations for local workshops. Invitations will be based upon the principles of inclusiveness and diversity, including geographical, levels of government, non-government, and cultural. These people, including Kirk and Tom, will comprise the Cohesive Strategy Oversight Committee.

Ideally up to six local CS workshops will be conducted between April 15, 2010 and June 1, 2010.

The WFLC will conduct two oversight meetings this summer/fall, ideally in early July and early September. There may be opportunities to coincide with other national meetings. The WFLC Conference calls may be added as needed.


The Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 1.6 MB) authorizing the WFLC was amended and recommended for approval by the Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Homeland Security.