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Adaptation Action Plan For Fire in the Sky Island Region

Created: 11/21/2014 - Updated: 8/09/2019


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

Published On

Monday, July 15, 2013


Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Develop / implement adaptation plans

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