Planning

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan identifies and prioritizes areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommends the types and methods of treatment on Federal and non-Federal land that will protect one or more at-risk communities and essential infrastructure and recommends measures to reduce structural ignitability throughout the at-risk community.

County representatives in the tri-county region have long recognized that wildfires do not stop at city or county lines, and that a collaborative, cohesive strategy is the best method to mitigate that wildfire hazard in the interest of the citizens of each jurisdiction. The Tri-County Regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) serving Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis & Clark counties of Montana has recently been updated (2020). This local area plan addresses issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation and community preparedness.

TCFSWG has spearheaded this collaborative planning since 1984. The enactment of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) in 2003 incentivized communities to engage in comprehensive forest planning and project prioritization in collaboration with the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The legislation also provided communities with an opportunity to influence where and how federal agencies implement fuel reduction projects on federal lands, as well as an opportunity to influence the distribution of additional federal funds for projects on nonfederal lands. This document allows communities in the tri-county region to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by HFRA and meets or exceeds the statutory minimum requirements for a CWPP.