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US Fire Learning Network

Title: The US Fire Learning Network: Springing a Rigidity Trap through Multi-scalar Collaborative Networks.
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Name(s): Butler, William, author
Goldstein, Bruce Evan, 1963-, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2010
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Wildland fire management in the United States is caught in a rigidity trap, an inability to apply novelty and innovation in the midst of crisis. Despite wide recognition that public agencies should engage in ecological fire restoration, fire suppression still dominates planning and management, and restoration has failed to gain traction. The U.S. Fire Learning Network (FLN), a multiscalar collaborative endeavor established in 2002 by federal land management agencies and The Nature Conservancy, offers the potential to overcome barriers that inhibit restoration planning and management. By circulating people, planning products, and information among landscape- and regional-scale collaboratives, this network has facilitated the development and dissemination of innovative approaches to ecological fire restoration. Through experimentation and innovation generated in the network, the FLN has fostered change by influencing fire and land management plans as well as federal policy. We suggest that multiscalar collaborative planning networks such as the FLN can facilitate overcoming the rigidity traps that prevent resource management agencies from responding to complex cross-scalar problems.
Identifier: FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0011X (IID)
Keywords: collaborative planning, ecological fire restoration, fire management, FLN, learning networks, multiscalar networks, resilience, rigidity trap, U.S. Fire Learning Network
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Citation: Butler, William Hale and Goldstein, Bruce Evan. (2010). The US Fire Learning Network: Springing a Rigidity Trap through Multi-scalar Collaborative Networks. Ecology and Society 15(3): 21. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss3/art21/
Subject(s): Cities and towns -- Study and teaching
City planning
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0011X
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
Is Part Of: Ecology and Society.
Issue: 3, 15

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Butler, W., & Goldstein, B. E. (2010). The US Fire Learning Network: Springing a Rigidity Trap through Multi-scalar Collaborative Networks. Ecology And Society. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_durp_faculty_publications-0011X