Published in the Standard Journal, 18 January 2016
The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community is a collaborative group of concerned citizens, representatives from local private businesses, nonprofit organizations and local, state and federal government agencies committed to building a strong social, ecological and sustainable forest community and as a participating member of the Fire Adaptive Communities Learning Network, promote a culture of living with fire within the wildland urban interface communities.
The City of Austin and Travis County recently adopted its first county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans might seem like old news to those who have been working in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) over the last decade.
Summary – Fire Ecologist Collin Haffey shares his perspective on Fire Adapted Communities:
From a fire ecology perspective I always think about “fire adapted communities” as being an assemblage of plants that have evolved to depend on fire for some part of their life history.