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Developing strategies to support social-ecological resilience in flammable landscapes: A structured approach for natural resource managers and other stakeholders

Author(s):

Philip E. Higuera
David B. McWethy
Alexander L. Metcalf
Elizabeth C. Metcalf
Lily Clarke
Haley Hodge

Year:

2021

Publication type:

Research Note (RN)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Source:

Res. Note RMRS-RN-92. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 41 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/RMRS-RN-92.

Description

Land management and fire management goals are increasingly framed in terms of resilience, in part due to the combined impacts of climate change, land-use change, and legacies of land management. Implicit in this framing is the recognition that resilience to wildfire involves both ecological and social dimensions. Discussions surrounding resilience often do not explicitly articulate what resources should or must be resilient to wildfire, and seldom do they make explicit for whom resilience is important. Land managers need to understand and identify which resources their communities want to be resilient to wildfire before they can outline specific actions that could be taken to support resilience for those resources. We detail an approach for bringing together land and resource managers, community institutions, and other stakeholders - those people for whom resilience is important - to achieve these objectives. We describe a series of exercises used for a workshop but present them here in a more generic form that could be adapted to a variety of landscapes, audiences, and formats.

Citation

Miller, Carol; Higuera, Philip E.; McWethy, David B.; Metcalf, Alexander L.; Metcalf, Elizabeth C.; Black, Anne E.; Clarke, Lily; Hodge, Haley. 2021. Developing strategies to support social-ecological resilience in flammable landscapes: A structured approach for natural resource managers and other stakeholders. Res. Note RMRS-RN-92. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 41 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/RMRS-RN-92.

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