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Wildland Fire Policy Accelerator

09.21.22 | 2 min read

The U.S. is experiencing more frequent and intense wildland fires. While fire is a natural and normal ecological process, today’s fires are causing more destruction to people and property. A changing climate and our current policy responses are amplifying these negative effects. The U.S.’s response to wildland fire can be better informed by science, evidence, and Indigenous perspectives.

The future of wildland fire policy needs you. FAS is partnering with Conservation X LabsCOMPASS, and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to find new policy ideas that improve how we live with fire. FAS will synthesize recommendations and provide inputs to the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission, which has been tasked this year to provide recommendations to Congress on ways to better prevent, manage, suppress and recover from wildfires. 

We’re looking for ideas on: 

We’re looking for ideas and policy recommendations that are innovative, ambitious, and actionable to shape the future of federal wildland fire policy.

Our Partners
Can you share more about the kinds of ideas you’re looking for?
We are looking for actionable ideas on integrating the science of climate change in wildland fire policy, the impacts of smoke on public health, and Indigenous knowledge on prescribed burning. We recommend looking at our proposal library for a better sense of what we mean by “ambitious and actionable” policy ideas.
FAS is partnering with Conservation X Labs, COMPASS, and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), because of their deep expertise in the accelerator topics and connections to interested communities.
How many proposals are you accepting for the accelerator?
We are looking for approximately 30 participants for the accelerator. Some participants may be able to collaborate on the same policy memo, depending on the proposed idea.
What is the timeline for reviewing proposals and opening the accelerator?
Applications close on October 18th at 11:59pm ET. We anticipate kicking off programming for the accelerator the week of October 24, 2022. Programming will run through December 2022.
How does the accelerator process work, and what am I committing to if I am accepted?
Interested parties begin by completing our official submission form. Each submission requires prospective authors to submit information on who they are, as well as a summary of their idea to help our team understand and evaluate each submission. We recommend reviewing the form in advance and thinking through each answer to the questions before officially submitting your proposal. We also suggest reviewing existing papers on our website for examples of previous work.

If selected, participants will be expected to contribute 3-5 hours of work per week, much of which is asynchronous time spent drafting their policy proposal. Accelerator participants will receive comprehensive support from FAS, Conservation X Labs, COMPASS, and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) which includes:

Following the completion of the accelerator, FAS will synthesize final memos for the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. Authors may volunteer to support this effort.