2nd Nat'l Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
Making a Difference: Building Capacity, Improving Preparedness and Learning from Experience
March 26-29, 2018Reno, Nevada
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 2nd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
Workshop to be held March 26-29, 2018 in Reno, Nevada.Submit your Proposal by November 20, 2017
We Need Your Ideas:
Help us design
a workshop that brings Cohesive Strategy practitioners and decision makers
together to learn from one another. Propose a workshop session or presentation that
helps participants explore key issues like:
could you do more prescribed burning? How have others scaled up their use of
prescribed fire? What barriers have people encountered?
adapted communities! What is working for
you? What did you wish worked better?
can we make progress at the local, regional and national scales on issues like air
quality, prescribed burning, big box burns, smoke management, funding
fires for resource benefits—who has done it, what went right, what could be
done differently? How do you get your local partners on board?
from fire season 2017. What are your options when you are at PL5 and
suppression is not an option?
priorities, regional priorities—where do you fit?
Workshop Intent and Background:
Our goal is to build capacity, improve preparedness
and learn from each other about how to make the Cohesive Strategy work. We want this workshop to give practitioners
and decision makers tools and ideas that support what’s working and help
identify opportunities for improvement. To that end, we’re designing this event
as an interactive workshop. We welcome session or presentation proposals that will lead to active
learning and participation. Proposals for sessions that help create new
knowledge, support skill building and draw out people’s experiences are
this entire document before preparing your session or presentation proposal. Since
we are hosting a workshop, we’re very interested in the purpose, content,
and format of your proposed session. Below you’ll find sample purposes, a range
of possible topics, and examples of some of the session types you might
propose. Please use these as a jumping off place as you consider your proposal.
Creative, engaging sessions that help participants learn from and connect with
each other is the ultimate goal.
When you submit your proposal, be
prepared to let us know what you are you hoping to create out of your session.
Some examples are listed below to help you imagine what you could do.
experiences to help others for future work,
a specific issue and how it informs the Cohesive Strategy,
information and practices among participants.
connections among participants and build relationships,
practitioners a platform to share their experiences,
opportunities for future work with others/collaborative opportunities.
We are seeking workshop sessions or presentations that feature:
- Case studies
of effective or ineffective management treatments;
discussions about what is getting in your way of doing more;
- A sharing
circle on Cohesive Strategy planning
and implementation status;
- Stories about failures and what was learned from them;
- Tactical truth telling in the form of examples of the unintended
consequences of actions taken and lessons learned;
- Policy insights on the evolution of the Cohesive Strategy and what is needed next;
- The latest relevant research findings presented in an interactive
Each day of
the workshop will focus on one of the following themes: Building Capacity, Improving
Preparedness and Learning from Experience. Consider how you might host a session that
allows participants to share their knowledge and engage around some aspect of
these themes. We’ve developed a list of example topics/learning questions that might
make for fruitful workshop sessions. Please do not feel limited by this list;
it is provided as a starting place to begin brainstorming.
Cohesive Strategy vision and goals, what they mean, and how to implement all or
parts of them
realities of specific authorities – exploring how agencies and their partners can
apply existing authorities to achieve all-lands work effectively. Sharing
what’s possible within our existing framework (we have a lot of opportunity!)
leads people to take action? How we can stop focusing on awareness and move to
are some successful models for building capacity? How can we spread those?
kind of capacity do we need to change our fire paradigm?
kinds of training are needed to build the capacity we need?
are we actively engaging vulnerable populations in our work?
is local coordinating capacity and why do you need it?
might we invest in diversity in fire management?
sources of information and support – science exchanges, cooperative extensions,
universities, peer networks
awareness of changing fire environment and increasing challenges
informed about authorities, tools, processes
about the latest wildfire science and delivery
and contribute to ecological knowledge and its application
new and appropriate research questions
do we need to learn more about together?
what it looks like, and how to grow it.
busting: making space for more voices, getting “outside” input, and seeing a
might our current ways of thinking about preparedness be limiting?
would “better preparedness” look like?
Learning from Experiences
can we transfer ideas that work?
what we “know.” Myths that prevent us from taking strategic action.
what is not working – unintended consequences, incomplete project
implementation, improper project planning, failed strategies or low value
strategies, inaction, status quo perception, lack of cooperative efforts, etc.
can we replicate success?
can we scale out instead of just “scale up”?
issues limiting growth and successful implementation and how to resolve them
action at all management levels – local, regional, and national
more about programs and resources that can support CS goals: Firewise USA, Ready,
Set Go!, etc.
We want to know the format you’re
proposing. We’ve provided some examples of formats here, but again, this list
is merely a starting point. Feel free to propose something else.
Presentations: (Note that based on participant feedback we’re going
to limit the number of traditional presentations at this event. However, if a
presentation is the most appropriate format for your idea you may propose one.)
- Ignite talks (Presenters
get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a
fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes.)
- Traditional presentations
Workshop Sessions: (The follow facilitation techniques and session
formats are examples. Feel free to propose your own! Make sure to indicate the
amount of time you need for your session as different formats require different
amounts of time.)
- Call for Presentation Proposals Open – September 22 – November 20, 2017
- Registration Opens – October 15, 2017
- Authors Notified – December 15, 2017
- Program finalized –
January 1, 2018
- Hotel Room Block Expires – March 12, 2018
- Workshop – March 26-29, 2018
If you have any questions, contact: Mikel Robinson, International Association of Wildland
Fire, +01-406-531-8264, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org