Ends on July 1, 2019

3rd Nat'l Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire – A New Paradigm 

October 21-24, 2019 - Plymouth, MA

The International Association of Wildland Fire in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regions of the Cohesive Strategy, invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop session or presentation at the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop to be held October 21-24, 2019 in Plymouth, MA.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 1, 2019. 

 Workshop Intent: This interactive workshop will provide practitioners and decision makers with tools and ideas that support positive outcomes and help identify opportunities for improvement. We welcome proposals that will lead to active learning, participation and action-oriented outcomes. The theme for the 3rd Cohesive Strategy Workshop is Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire – A New Paradigm.

Share your experiences: Consider proposing a workshop session or interactive presentation that allows participants to share their knowledge and engage around some of these key issues, questions and themes. Please do not feel limited by this list; it is provided as a starting place for brainstorming. 

  • How are you approaching fire management to address the “new normal” of fire activity? Resource limitations? How are you preparing communities at risk? Are you preparing for the worst-case scenario? If “business as usual” isn’t working, what are your ideas? Effective or ineffective management decisions or treatments; how have these have changed the way you do business?
  • How are you increasing the pace and scale of fuels treatments? How are you achieving cross-boundary, large-landscape-scale treatments? How are you engaging communities and community protection strategies in these efforts?
  • How can we increase the use of prescribed fire? What are the barriers? How have you overcome them? How are you addressing air quality issues? How are you scaling up the use of prescribed fire?  
  • How are you defining risk? How are you prioritizing risk? How are you co-managing risk? How are you collectively investing in mitigating those risks?
  • How do you plan for wildfire use? How do you prepare your community for an extended duration wildfire for resource benefit? (and its associated smoke)”?
  • Fire adapted communities - What is working for you? What do you wish worked better? Challenges and lessons learned? What are the unintended consequences of actions taken?
  • How can we make progress at the local, regional and national scales on issues like air quality and smoke management, post fire impacts and recovery, prescribed burning, wildfire response barriers, funding opportunities?  What is getting in the way of doing more?
  • Communications – what works, what doesn’t? How do you motivate stakeholders to take action? What messaging is the most important for which audiences?
  • Lessons from the 2017 & 2018 fire year: What are the commonalities and lessons learned from “community destroying wildfires”, e.g. The Chimney Top 2 and Camp Fires? What communities could be next and how can we better plan and prepare for these scenarios?
  • Latest, relevant research findings and technology that can lead to actions and desired outcomes.

Your proposal: This gathering is a workshop, so we are interested in the purpose, content, and format of your proposed session. Below you will find examples of purposes and session types you might propose. Creative, engaging sessions that help participants learn from and connect with each other are preferred.  

The purpose: When you submit your proposal, be prepared to let us know what you hope to create with your session. Some examples are listed here to help you imagine what you can achieve.

  • Gather experiences to help others for future work.
  • Explore a specific issue and how implementing principles of the Cohesive Strategy can improve or has improved it. 
  • Transfer information and best practices among participants. 
  • Make connections among participants and build relationships.
  • Give practitioners a platform to share their experiences.
  • Create opportunities for future work with others through collaborative opportunities.

Session Formats: Some examples of formats are provided here, but again, this list is merely a starting point. Feel free to get creative and propose something else! 


  • Five Minute Ignite talks (Presenters get 20 slides, 15 seconds each - a fast and fun presentation!) 
  • Posters
  • Interactive presentations

Workshop Sessions: (The following facilitation techniques and session formats are examples. Feel free to propose your own! Please indicate the time you need for your session).

Submit your Proposal by July 1, 2019


  • Call for Presentation Proposals Closes – July 1, 2019
  • Registration Opens –  July 1, 2019
  • Authors Notified –  July 22, 2019
  • Program finalized – August 5, 2019
  • Hotel Room Block Expires – September 21, 2019
  • Workshop – October 21-24, 2019

 If you have any questions, contact: Mikel Robinson, International Association of Wildland Fire, +01-406-531-8264, mailto:execdir@iawfonline.org