One way the Conservancy builds partner capacity is by sponsoring collaborative, multi-stakeholder learning networks. Fire Learning Networks take a long-term approach to restoring the natural role of fire through a collaborative process that ensures the needs of different stakeholders are met. All stakeholders—from community groups to federal agencies—come together to develop a shared vision for a given landscape, and to learn how to overcome critical challenges related to maintaining or restoring ecosystem health. Network projects demonstrate successful approaches, speed technology transfer and generate on-the-ground results.
In the United States, Nature Conservancy fire staff safely perform prescribed burns on more than 100,000 acres per year. In conjunction with partners, staff also support the planning and implementation of burns on another several hundred thousand acres per year. The Conservancy is also developing ecological fire management capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean. All Nature Conservancy fire management programs employ a rigorous planning process, including defining ecological goals, developing operational guidelines and managing smoke.
From 2007-2010 our fire training program offered 40 courses and trained approximately 1,200 people in ecological fire management concepts and techniques.
In the United States, the Conservancy builds the capacity of state, federal and private partners to restore and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems through the use of prescribed fire and carefully managed wildland fires. The majority of this work is funded through a cooperative agreement with the USDA Forest Service and the US Department of the Interior called Promoting Ecosystem Resiliency through Collaboration.
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