Landscape Treatments

The vision of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy asks us, as a nation, to live with wildland fire. To achieve this sweeping vision, the Cohesive Strategy has three goals: fire adapted communities, safe and effective wildfire response, and resilient landscapes. We can’t achieve any of these goals without the fundamental interaction between people and place.

The phrase “landscape treatment” means different things to each of us and it depends on our experience and perspective. Landscape treatment can mean a fuel break, roadside thinning, completion of an environmental analysis document, prescribed fire, action by land management agencies, collaborative work between residents and organizations to complete mutual goals, multi-party monitoring and more.

This page has resources, examples and tools for many aspects of landscape treatment.


To live with fire, communities across the nation are using thinning, grazing, prescribed fire and other treatments. Efforts like Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) spark and support community-based fire management and create more resilient landscapes. Learn with and from other practitioners who have community based burning programs!
Tribes, such as the Yurok and Karuk tribes, are reviving cultural fire practices to restore and nurture the land and people and reclaim their right to utilize fire. It is important to recognize and support the knowledge and practices of Indigenous peoples in this work.

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Wildfire Mitigation Plan – Anaheim Public Utilities

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City of Anaheim
“This [Wildfire Mitigation Plan] serves to establish methods and procedures used to construct, maintain, and operate the Utilities electrical lines and equipment to minimize the risk of wildfire posed by its infrastructure. The provisions in the Plan outline the preventative strategies and actions for fire prevention and suppression activities and specific operational response during elevated... Read More

USGS Wildfire Science

This page offers the latest publications from US Geological Survey, including a variety of wildfire-related risk and recovery products. These publications are designed for fire and landscape managers and provide information on successful landscape treatments and fire mitigation practices. Read More

USDA Resource Guide for Rural Workforce Development

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USDA Rural Development Innovation Center
This guide provides information on workforce development, federal agency programs, and other resources available through the US Department of Agriculture. The guide is a resource for communities seeking to increase capacity for landscape treatments or residential mitigation through expansion of the workforce. Read More

Understanding Good Neighbor Authority: Case Studies from Across the West

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Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
“The Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) is intended to expand limited federal capacity to implement and plan forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration projects by facilitating partnerships with state agencies. The authority allows a state to perform authorized restoration services on federal land. Additionally, the authority allows a state agency to administer timber sales on federal land,... Read More

Shaded Fuel Breaks – Austin, Texas

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Austin Wildfire Division
This storymap provides an excellent description of shaded fuel breaks as well as photographs showing areas before and after treatment. While designed for the Austin area, this resource provides an example of storymap-based communication around landscape treatments. Read More

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

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Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
The Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC) works to advance policy and foster learning throughout the rural West. Issue papers, resources, and webinars can all be found on this website. Read More

Risk Management Options for Family Forests: Timber Insurance

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Mississippi State University
This factsheet presents explanations and options related to timber insurance for small family forests. A good primer on standing timber insurance and reforestation insurance. Read More

Recovering from Wildfire: A Guide for California’s Forest Landowners

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University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
This publication discusses issues that forest landowners should consider following a wildfire in their forest, including how to assess fire impacts, protect valuable property from damage due to erosion, where to go for help and financial assistance, how to salvage dead trees or replant on your land, and how to claim a casualty loss on... Read More

Prepare for Wildfire: Defensible Space

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This resource explains the concept of defensible space, provides clear instructions and illustrations, and contains flyers and checklists to support residents as they work to increase their wildfire resilience. Read More

Potential Operational Delineations

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USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
“The Rocky Mountain Research Station Wildfire Risk Management Science (WRMS) Team co-developed Potential Operational Delineations (PODs) to pre-plan for fire using a risk management approach, and to give land managers a formal process for developing landscape-scale wildfire response options before fires start. PODs are spatial units or containers defined by potential control features, such as roads and ridge tops, within which... Read More
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Fire Adaptation in the Field
Asheville, North Carolina

The Forest Stewards Guild has been working with partners near Asheville, North Carolina to help residents both understand the need for prescribed fire on the landscape as well as have the opportunity to experience the act of treating the landscape. “Learn-and-Burn” events provide residents, land managers, and partners with the opportunity to work together to build a foundation for future landscape treatments.