Adaptation Action Plan For Fire in the Sky Island Region

Posted on: 11/21/2014 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

Posted by

Rachel Gregg



The underlying goals for the Fire Working Group and Adaptation Action Plan were: manage for ecosystem resilience (returning to a functional state) to ease transition and avoid abrupt changes; and prevent catastrophic post-fire fallout.

The primary mechanisms for achieving this goal were identified to be:

  • Treatment of whole watersheds
  • Targeted restoration
  • Prevention of catastrophic fires
  • Prevention of catastrophic post-fire fallout – keep the soil on the ground, but not to the detriment of systems that need scouring floods
  • Full implementation of FireScape and Pinaleño Ecosystem Restoration Project
  • Collaborative effort to educate communities, stakeholders, and media on the role of fire in ecosystems (reduce fear factor)
  • Creation of a community of practice that encourages collaboration
  • Creation of a climate-informed toolbox
  • Development of effective reforestation efforts and seeding guidelines

Affiliated Organizations

Sky Island Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States (Arizona, New Mexico) and northwestern Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua).

We work with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity.


Document Type
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy