Membership

BECOME A FIRE ADAPTED COLORADO NETWORK MEMBER!

Apply online via this form!

Fire Adapted Colorado hosts a peer network for wildfire resilience practitioners.  This inclusive group is free to join, and provides opportunities to engage with others in the network. Members are expected to participate in FACO activities; and in return members benefit from shared knowledge and resources, collaborative problem solving, as well as inclusion in statewide promotions of fire-centric organizations.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Networking: FACO provides several opportunities throughout the year to network with other fire practitioners across the state both online and in-person. These formal and informal meetings allow members to share programs and approaches to fire adaptation management, develop supportive peer relationships, spark new ideas and creatives solutions, and connect with decision makers.

Opportunity to participate in Learning Exchanges: A learning exchange brings together a small group of people to address one or more topics of interest to the group. We had one learning exchange in the spring of 2017 that examined different ways groups are doing wildfire risk assessments. We will be soliciting ideas for other topics of interest for learning exchanges in 2018. FACO has some funding to provide travel stipends to learning exchanges.

Participation in a shared workspace on Podio:  Another opportunity open to members will be a shared space on Podio. This is an online platform, similar to Facebook, except that it is by invite only. It is a space where we can share information and ask questions to enhance our ability to more quickly start or modify a program, glean information for someone, maintain a calendar and support a project workspace.

Listing in a Statewide Directory: We invite all wildfire-centric organizations in Colorado to contribute information about their organization/program for inclusion in a statewide resource directory. Our goal is to make this a useful tool so that if a member wanted to implement a new program, they could connect with other groups in the state running those types of programs.

MEMBERSHIP EXPECTATIONS

Participate:  We ask members to contribute at least seventeen hours a year to participate in the online learning exchange platform, submit stories from your work, and provide feedback. The more active you are as a member, the more you will gain from the experience.

Honest and open communication: We hope members will share their opinions in constructive and tactful ways to support their fellow fire practitioners. Effective communication is key to the peer-learning process. Please be willing to share your knowledge and expertise with others in the network.

 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Apply by completing this online form.

You can download the application to review questions before completing the online form.

If you have any questions please reach out to FACO’s Network Coordinator Nicole Reese.

 

 

CURRENT FACO MEMBERS

cuspCoalition for the Upper South Platte

Formed in 1998, CUSP works with partners to provide essential services such as project planning, implementation, and monitoring within the watershed. Our commitment to the land and the people it serves is unparalleled. CUSP’s crews work tirelessly, whether on-the-ground or in the boardroom, to ensure communication, cooperation and completion of vital programs. Working with volunteers, we plant thousands of trees each year, restore habitat, and improve recreational opportunities. Our crews also remove damaged and diseased trees, and help reduce wildfire threats in our communities.

Services Provided 

Community Wildfire Protection Planning
Wildfire Suppression
Biomass Utilization
Forest Management Planning

Staff Forester
Chipping services
Fuels Reduction team
Strategic Planning
Burning Operations

Contact CUSP – Jonathan Bruno, www.cusp.ws, 719-433-6775


Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc.


Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc.
 (COCO, Inc.) is a Printnonprofit social enterprise with a vision of people working together, for people and the planet. Our mission is to foster on-the-ground conservation efforts that protect and restore natural resources and local communities by supporting collaborative conservation organizations to produce collective impacts through stakeholder driven efforts.  The purpose of COCO Inc., is to foster on-the-ground conservation and other efforts to protect and restore natural resources and local communities by supporting coalition and collaborative groups that produce collective impacts through stakeholder driven efforts.

Services Provided 

Non-profit Development
Strategic Planning
Non-Profit Support

Staff Resources
Grant Writing
GIS Support

Contact COCO, Inc – Carol Ekarius, www.co-co.org, 719-748-0033


_ecg_logo_black_textEagle County

Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation: Eagle County is situated in central Colorado and encompasses 1,694 square miles of resort related, mountainous terrain. Eagle County adopted wildfire regulations in January 2003 to provide standards to reduce or minimize impacts of wildfire. The county also maintains a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and facilitates an informal wildfire council. This group meets regularly to review aspects of assessing current wildfire risk and mitigation strategies; funding opportunities to complement private and public land projects; CWPP updates and associated projects; as well as interagency training opportunities. Eagle County employs a full-time wildfire mitigation specialist responsible for the implementation of the county’s wildfire regulations and building code; maintenance of the countywide wildfire hazard map and CWPP; development and implementation of fuels and forest health projects; wildfire mitigation education and outreach; and open burn permitting and oversight.

Services Provided:

Community Engagement Community Outreach
Building Code and Land Use Regulations
Collaboration
Forestry

Public Information
Project management
Grants
Wildland fire mitigation
Emergency Planning
GIS
Collaborative forest management

Contact Eagle County – Eric Lovgren, (970) 328-8742


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REALFire

REALFire is a voluntary property assessment program launched during 2016 in Eagle County. The REALFire Program helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire hazards. The program was inspired by REALTORS® engaging with residents on wildfire safety and education. REALFire property assessments provide residents with many benefits: An in-depth, on-site assessment conducted by experienced fire professionals; An opportunity for property owners to identify mitigation actions unique to their property; A detailed follow up report with customized mitigation actions designed to measurably reduce the wildfire risk to their property; An opportunity to earn a REALFire certificate acknowledging their mitigation achievements. This type of recognition can be used to enhance real estate transactions, and can be shared with local insurance providers.

Services Provided:

Community Engagement
Community Outreach
Collaboration
Forestry

Home Ignition Zone assessments
Wildland fire mitigation
Emergency Planning
Insurance and Real-Estate assistance

Contact Eagle County – Eric Lovgren, (970) 328-8742


Colorado State Forest Service

image007The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides technical assistance and education to landowners, homeowners and communities to engage in active management that enhances forest resilience to fire, insects and diseases. The mission of the CSFS is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations. We are a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU) and have 19 district and field offices located throughout the state of Colorado. The CSFS provides forest management and fuels mitigation programs and resources to residents who want to gain more information and take steps to decrease the threat of wildfire to their forest and property. As a goal of the CSFS’s Forest Action Plan, the CSFS encourages the creation of fire-adapted communities through the implementation of forest management to increase forest and community resiliency.

Services Offered:

Collaborative forest managementForestry technical assistance
Community engagement and outreach
CWPP development and implementation guidance
Firewise Communities/USA® assistance
Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal
Public information

Project management
Grants assistance
Wildfire mitigation
Fuels reduction
GIS
Peer-reviewed publications

Contact Colorado State Forest Service- State Office,www.csfs.colostate.edu, (970)-491-6303

 


grandcountywcGrand County Wildfire Council

The Grand County Wildfire Council is a non-profit, community-based educational outreach organization serving the residents and visitors of Grand County, Colorado. GCWC provides a countywide platform that connects practitioners to develop a collective voice to better advocate for wildfire resiliency. The Council seeks to work collaboratively with members from local, state, and federal government agencies; local fire departments; homeowner groups; businesses; and concerned citizens in promoting wildfire prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and survival. Council priorities include: the development of educational programs relating to defensible space, wildfire hazard mitigation, Firewise principles and Fire Adapted Communities; the review, update and coordination of Community Wildfire Protection Plans; assistance with grant applications and awards and to serve as a clearinghouse for property owner concerns and issues; and finally, to select specific wildfire mitigation projects for inclusion in an Annual Work Plan countywide. Currently, the GCWC manages a countywide chipping program and fuels reduction cost share program, helping residents remove hazardous fuels at the parcel and landscape scales. The Council’s mission statement is: “Through education and action, promote wildfire prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and survival.”

Services Offered:

Defensible Space and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project Planning (technical services)
Cost-Share Incentive Program
Community Chipping Program
Homeowner Site Visits

Parcel Level Wildfire Risk Assessments
Community Risk Assessments
Community Outreach & Engagement
Interagency Collaboration
Public Information
Wildland Fire Mitigation

Contact GCWC – Schelly Olson, www.bewildfireready.org, (970)-887-3380


West Region Wildfire Councilwestregionwc

The West Region Wildfire Council (WRWC) works to reduce wildfire risk to homes and communities in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. WRWC provides a collaborative platform that engages wildland urban interface residents; fire districts; county; state and federal agency representatives and other partners to achieve common wildfire related objectives. The WRWC educates homeowners about wildfire risk and promotes activities that help communities and homeowners increase fire adaptedness. Wildfire risk reduction is promoted through planning efforts and a cost-share incentive program that assists landowners with hazardous fuels reduction projects and defensible space. Community chipping events are also coordinated by WRWC throughout the region. A social science researcher-practitioner team helps improve program efficacy through localized research efforts that examine social issues related to wildfire adaptation. WRWC has three full time staff; the director and two mitigation and education coordinators oversee the day to day operations of the Council.

Services Offered:

Homeowner Site Visits
Defensible Space and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project Planning (technical services)
Cost-Share Incentive Program
Community Chipping Program
Parcel Level Wildfire Risk Assessments
Community Risk Assessments
Community Outreach & Engagement

Wildfire Social Science Research
Wildfire Planning
Grant Writing/ Management
GIS
Building Code and Land Use Regulations
Interagency Collaboration

 

 

 

Contact: www.COwildfire.org   info@cowildfire.org   (970)-615-7300


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