Prescribed fire policy barriers and opportunities

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This represents the first phase of a project investigating policies that limit managers’ ability
to conduct prescribed fire on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
lands in the 11 Western states. The goals for this phase of our work were to understand the extent
to which various policies are limiting prescribed fire programs, strategies to maintain and increase
prescribed fire activities, and opportunities for improving policies or policy implementation. To
understand the diversity of challenges faced and strategies in use across the West, we conducted a legal analysis of the laws and policies that affect prescribed fire programs on Forest Service and
BLM lands (available online at and approximately 60 interviews with land managers, air regulators, state agency partners, and several NGO partners.