U.S. Geological Survey Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan, 2021–26

Circular 1471
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan defines critical, core fire science capabilities for understanding fire-related and fire-responsive earth system processes and patterns, and informing management decision making. Developed by USGS fire scientists and executive leadership, and informed by conversations with external stakeholders, the Strategic Plan is aligned with the needs of the fire science stakeholder community–fire, land, natural resource, and emergency managers from Federal, State, Tribal, and community organizations, as well as members of the scientific community. The Strategic Plan is composed of four integrated priorities, each with associated goals and specific strategies for accomplishing the goals: Priority 1: Produce state-of-the-art, actionable fire science; Priority 2: Engage stakeholders in science production and science delivery; Priority 3: Effectively communicate USGS fire science capacity, products, and information to a broad audience; and Priority 4: Enhance USGS organizational structure and advance support for fire science. The priorities of this Strategic Plan define the USGS’s commitment to producing and delivering cutting edge fire science, information, and decision-support tools in support of national, regional, and local priorities and stakeholder needs.

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Steblein, P.F., Loehman, R.A., Miller, M.P., Holomuzki, J.R., Soileau, S.C., Brooks, M.L., Drane-Maury, M., Hamilton, H.M., Kean, J.W., Keeley, J.E., Mason, R.R., Jr., McKerrow, A., Meldrum, J.R., Molder, E.B., Murphy, S.F., Peterson, B., Plumlee, G.S., Shinneman, D.J., van Mantgem, P.J., and York, A., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1471, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1471.

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • U.S. Geological Survey Strategic Priorities for Wildland Fire Science
  • Strategic Plan Implementation and Evaluation
  • Conclusions
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Summary of Discussions of Fire Science With Stakeholders
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26
Series title Circular
Series number 1471
DOI 10.3133/cir1471
Year Published 2021
Language English, Spanish
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Geography, Core Science Analytics and Synthesis, Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Forest and Rangeland Ecosys Science Center, Fort Collins Science Center, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center
Description vi, 30 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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