In recent years, wildfires in the West have increased in frequency and severity; as a result, it has become more important than ever for woodland owners to understand wildfire prevention and response.
Landowners play a key role in wildfire preparedness, but many have questions on where to start, what to do, and how to help safeguard their homes and properties should a wildfire strike. To help landowners meet these challenges, conservation districts across the West provide locally-led solutions to wildfire and forest health concerns.
In 2016, the state of Washington appropriated $1 million to the Washington State Conservation Commission to launch a grant program for conservation districts to implement local Firewise programs. The Washington State Conservation Commission is the coordinating state agency for all 45 conservation districts in Washington State. Together, the commission and conservation districts provide voluntary, incentive-based programs that empower private landowners to implement conservation on their property. This program was no exception. With this new funding, conservation districts began implementing the Firewise program.
Read more on this blog post courtesy of the National Association of Conservation Districts, National Woodlands Magazine, and The National Woodland Owners Association by following the link below.