Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes (WFRL) activities, proposed in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 President's Budget, defined several key concepts - the integration and coordination between Interior's four wildland fire management bureaus and their natural resource counterparts, and landscape-scale activities in partnership with other Federal, tribal, state, and local government and nongovernmental partners. Bureaus would leverage funds to restore and maintain fire resilient landscapes.
The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY 2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.
WFRL activities is an approach to achieve fire resiliency goals across landscapes with the collaborative efforts defined in the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, and in support of Secretarial Order 3336 - Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration. These activities strengthen the Wildland Fire Management program's overall ability to restore and maintain landscapes across all jurisdictions, so they are resilient to fire related disturbances in accordance with management objectives. The wildland fire approach to WFRL uses an integrated, place-based approach of partnerships among programs, activities, and organizations to increase resilience to fire. Close collaboration between the wildland fire and resource management programs is essential to address broad land-health outcomes and the ecological role of fire in fire-adapted ecosystems.
The Department placed priority on proposals where landscape characteristics were at elevated risk posed by wildfire and where fire risk could be mitigated (reduce the chance of large, catastrophic fires) and re-establish the ecological function of fire for enhancing or protection of critical natural resources and watersheds. The Resilient Landscape Collaboratives (i.e., approved proposals) received funding at a scale to provide results over five to ten years that will significantly contribute to long-term outcomes. Those proposals with the ability to begin work in FY 2015 received priority. FY 2016 funding supported the continuation of FY 2015 projects. New proposals were solicited for FY 2017.
Additional information on the projects approved for the FY 2015 Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes pilot program.