New USGS plan focuses on wildfire

Recent wildfires have been particularly destructive, including last year’s August Complex Fire in California. Credit: Jacob Welsh

With recent wildfire seasons being particularly damaging, the U.S. Geological Survey has developed a new five-year science strategy designed to help minimize fire’s detrimental impacts while allowing for its benefits. The agency’s first-ever Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan was developed by scientists and communication specialists at USGS and informed from interviews with 40 different stakeholder organizations to define critical science needs and directions for its wildland fire research.

The strategy emphasizes working with stakeholders to support managers and assessing fire’s impacts on infrastructure, terrain, water supply, ecosystems, species and other resources. 

Read more from the Association for Fire Ecology.