More important than answering the question "what can you do" to reduce wildfire risk, is "what can we do?" Our collective action, as residents of a fire adapted ecosystem, has the ability to have an outsized impact compared with what single actor can achieve. There is a lot of experience and knowledge in our formal and informal networks. Technology provides us a way to formalize those connections and make sharing resources and capacity easier.
At it's core, the FAC NM Learning Network is a grassroots, member driven effort. FAC NM members feel empowered to take action to reduce wildfire risk to their homes and communities. Members recognize that fire has a role to play in the fire adapted ecosystems in which we live.
A community is never done with building wildfire resilience - there is no end-point. A Fire Adapted Community consists of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to safely coexist with wildland fire. Specifically our vision is to have
- home-owners build the concept of defensible space into their decisions,
- communities integrate wildland fire into land-use planning and infrastructure decisions,
- civic institutions collaborate to be prepared for wildfire,
- architects, planners, landscapers, and developers integrate realities of fire risk into their work flow, and
- Communities support land managers in their efforts to restore fire-adapted ecosystems.