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2017EraofMegafiresphoto.pngPublic perspectives are a critical consideration throughout the fire management process, including around management decisions before, during, and after fire events. Working with local property owners and communities around planning and implementing fuel treatments and about actions they can take to mitigate their fire risk, both prior to and during fire events, are critical to improving future fire management outcomes. Proactive work with communities also is critical to effective co-management and shared stewardship efforts as it enables agency managers and stakeholders to build trust and develop clear communication processes to discuss critical land management and community needs and preferences. Resources curated here provide background to better understand the social issues that managers encounter in fire management and provide potential ways to address those issues.

This hot topic was developed in partnership with Rocky Mountain Research Station.