Central Appalachians Regional Fire Learning Network brings together partners from four landscape collaboratives covering Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. The landscapes covered by the Network include expansive pine and oak forests and small patch ecotypes adapted to and dependent on fire to sustain and restore diversity.
We work collaboratively to build a fire culture that values innovation, diversity and learning by establishing the enabling conditions for landscape-scale fire management. This includes projects such as implementing memorandums of understanding (MOUs), building public support, and expanding the use of drones in aerial ignitions. While each landscape has unique projects, partners, and challenges, we work together at the regional level to share challenges and develop increasingly inclusive fire partnerships, implement adaptive management and learning, build capacity, offer training, and diversify the fire management workforce.