Ranching with Fire and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: Livelihoods, Resiliency, and Adaptive Capacity of Rural Idaho

The Western Planner. Pages 9-13. Western Planning Resources

5 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2016

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Kyle McCormick

Canyon County Development Services

Thomas Wuerzer

Nova Southeastern University

Date Written: July 5, 2016

Abstract

A majority of communities in Idaho are rural in character, and their ability to plan with fire is limited. The Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPA) program, adopted by the Idaho Department of Lands within Idaho, is an effort to create better regional cohesion and allow ranchers to respond to fires on their land or their neighbors’ lands.

Rangeland Fire Protection Associations not only demonstrate great potential in rangeland fire protection but also capture the meaning of ‘social capital’ and ‘community adaptive capacity’ as resources and planning capacity. In addition, the creation and active participation of RFPAs will potentially increase the overall planning capacity in rural areas that often lack resources. We demonstrate this influence on planning capacity in rural regions at hand with Idaho’s first RFPA, located in Mountain Home, Idaho.

Keywords: Wildfire, Rangeland Fire, Rangeland Fire Protection Associations, Planning, Adaptive Capacity, Resiliency

Suggested Citation

McCormick, Kyle and Wuerzer, Thomas, Ranching with Fire and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: Livelihoods, Resiliency, and Adaptive Capacity of Rural Idaho (July 5, 2016). The Western Planner. Pages 9-13. Western Planning Resources. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2821101

Kyle McCormick

Canyon County Development Services ( email )

Caldwell, ID 83605

Thomas Wuerzer (Contact Author)

Nova Southeastern University ( email )

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