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Statewide Forest Action Plan Part 2: StrategyTheme E: Protection of life and property in forested areas

The goals, strategies and actions below describe possible steps to address the issues that have the potential to significantly impact Wisconsin’s forests. You can also read detailed descriptions [PDF] about the goals and strategies on this page.

R. Goal: Human life, property and forest resources are at reduced risk of harm or loss.

48. Strategy: Improve safety for the forest-based workforce and forest users.

Possible actions:

  • 48.1. Make firefighter and public safety the number one priority in protecting life and property from wildland fire.
  • 48.2. Ensure safety training opportunities are available to all occupations within the forest workforce (e.g. fire, logging, industry and arborists).
  • 48.3. Work with insurance companies to develop affordable insurance rates for forest workers.
  • 48.4. Ensure use of risk management processes prior to all activities to identify and assess hazards, establish controls, make decisions and evaluate success.
  • 48.5. Investigate, report and mitigate accidents and fatalities. Develop lessons learned products to share situational awareness messages.
  • 48.6. Manage urban hazard trees to reduce risk to citizens.
  • 48.7. Ensure visitors' safety and protection on rural lands with public access as well as urban areas such as community sidewalks, streets, trails and parks.

49. Strategy: Provide for early detection and rapid initial attack for all forest fires within the state.

Possible actions:

  • 49.1. Employ an efficient and effective fire preparedness process that meets fire readiness standards.
  • 49.2. Enhance statewide forest fire suppression coordination and capabilities by utilizing partnerships between state and federal agencies and local volunteer fire departments to provide wildland fire suppression assistance.
  • 49.3. Ensure that wildland fires and natural resource disasters are managed with the Incident Command System (ICS) through trained and qualified Incident Management Teams (IMT).
  • 49.4. Focus wildland-specific suppression capabilities in areas identified as having the greatest risk/exposure to wildland fire.
  • 49.5. Establish a mechanism to track and monitor wildland fire occurrence information statewide and enable continuous assessment of changes in wildland fire risk/exposure.

50. Strategy: Reduce wildland fire ignitions and minimize loss from fire.

Possible actions:

  • 50.1. Educate landowners about wildland fire and effectively mitigate the dangers of wildfire on their property.
  • 50.2. Encourage wildland urban interface-preventative local zoning ordinances that direct development away from fire-prone areas.
  • 50.3. Encourage owners/builders to conduct hazard reduction before selling or constructing.
  • 50.4. Increase the number of community wildfire protection plans.
  • 50.5. Work with the insurance industry to provide economic incentives for landowners to conduct fire protection practices.
  • 50.6. Encourage the inclusion of wildland urban interface objectives in incentive programs to make the area adjacent to the home "Firewise" (e.g. limited stocking, branches pruned, ground fuels cleared, etc.).
  • 50.7. Develop and conduct fire prevention messages and education programs targeted at the highest human caused fire problems.
  • 50.8. Develop and implement a methodology for analysis of fire occurrence.
  • 50.9. Develop voluntary fire best management practices to reduce risk and losses from fires.
  • 50.10. Develop burning permit systems that are easily available to people.

51. Strategy: Protect the public and natural resources from unlawful practices.

Possible actions:

  • 51.1. Gain compliance in forest recreation and protection laws by investigation, enforcing violations and charging fire suppression costs.
  • 51.2. Take a proactive approach to preventing illegal harvesting through contracts and other mechanisms.
  • 51.3. Investigate illegal harvesting and other unlawful business practices to protect landowners and the forest resource.
  • 51.4. Develop materials that educate the public on forest based laws and administrative rules while also encouraging voluntary compliance.
  • 51.5. Educate K-12 students on the value and importance of urban forests and laws governing these forests.
Last revised: Tuesday October 13 2015