The Wilderness Society's Wildland Fire Program works to change our nation’s approach to fire management to focus on protecting communities, restoring ecosystems, and sustaining fire’s role in fire-dependent landscapes, where safe to do so. Our vision is of a landscape composed of fire-safe communities existing within a larger, healthy forest ecosystem.
This paper addresses critical components of federal fire management. It is distilled from materials developed by The Wilderness Society’s Wildland Fire Program and substantiated by scientific reports, budget analyses, landscape studies, policy papers and other materials. It focuses on the Forest Service’s State Fire Assistance (SFA) program, which provides financial assistance to states and communities for fire management activities including training, planning, hazardous fuels treatment and purchase of equipment.