Wildland/Urban Interface - Community Resources

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CWPP – Community / Subdivision Template - Alabama Forestry Commission
Use this template for a small community or a subdivision CWPP. This can also be used for a Firewise Community USA Hazard Assessment & Mitigation Plan. Use the FC-48s or the Homeowner Risk Guide (black pamphlet):WildfireRAGH.pdf, or other online resources for further information to provide citizens within the community.

How to Become a Firewise Community
Being Firewise begins with YOU. The Firewise Community/USA Program provides standards designed and maintained to give you maximum flexibility in creating the best
plan for your community (from a subdivision to small towns). This outlines the steps a community must take to become a certified Firewise Community USA.
Safer from the Start - A Guide to Firewise-Friendly Developments
This guide provides developers of new communities and residents of existing community associations a tool they can use to integrate Firewise concepts into design and development, as well as their covenants, conditions and restrictions and architectural rules. Community associations can greatly improve their existing conditions using the information in this guide. And by building safer from the start, the communities of tomorrow have a better chance of surviving – and thriving – in a fire-prone environment.

Appendix Material: (Recommended Community and Subdivision Guidelines)

Additional Resources:
Coer for Preparing a Community Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan
This Handbook is intended to provide communities with a concise, step-by-step guide to use in developing a CWPP. It addresses, in a straightforward manner, issues such as who to involve in developing a plan, how to convene other interested parties, what elements to consider in assessing community risks and priorities, and how to develop a mitigation or protection plan to address those risks.

Additional Resource:
 2008 Supplemental Resource guide to Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Canterbury Publication Cover The Canterbury Estates Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The objective of this report is to set clear priorities for the implementation of wildfire mitigation in Canterbury Estates. This includes prioritized recommendations as to the appropriate types and methods of fuel reduction and structure ignitability reduction that will protect this community and its essential infrastructure. It also includes a plan for wildfire suppression.

Additional Information:

- CWPP - Introduction
- CWPP - Fact Sheet
- CWPP - An Action Plan for Wildfire Mitigation - Template
- CWPP - Template Instructions

Additional Community Resources:

National Timber Tax Website's Conservation Easements-Tax Implications
Conservation easement sets apart the right to engage in certain types of land use - such as intensive development from other ownership rights over a specific parcel of land. Activities covered by the easement may be exercised only by the holder of the easement. However, the property owner continues to own title to the land and can use it for limited purposes that do not interfere with the easement.

Interface South
Interface South is the component of the USDA Forest Service, Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry (CUIF), that focuses on wildland-urban interface (WUI) issues. This website is dedicated to heightening awareness of and providing information about WUI issues.

National Database of State and Local Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Programs
The U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station, in cooperation with Louisiana State University, recently developed a new information section in the National Database of State and Local Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Programs Web site, The section assists community leaders and fire officials develop community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) and provides a central location to review key features of existing CWPPs

Southern Forest Resource Assessment
The Southern Forest Resource Assessment was initiated in 1999 as a result of concerns raised by natural resource managers, the science community, and the public regarding the status and likely future of forests in the South. These included changes to the region’s forests brought about by rapid urbanization, increasing timber demand, increasing numbers of satellite chip mills, forest pests, and changing air quality.