Working with Communities At Risk from Wildfire
Fostering partnerships with gateway communities to national parks is an important objective of the National Park Service. In order to take full advantage of this relationship, communities develop community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) that refine its priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in the Wildland Urban Interface. Furthermore, parks encourage meaningful public participation during preparation of hazardous fuel reduction projects, and collaboration is facilitated among state and local governments, Indian tribes, and interested persons during the preparation of each project. Parks also work with communities to seek funding sources for wildland fire equipment, training, community education, and fire prevention.
Community-based forest planning and prioritization is facilitated by developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.