Pre-workshop Trainings

The pre-workshop trainings will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning prior to the Cohesive Workshop. They will be held at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel. There is no fee to participate in the training, however, pre-registration is required. You will have an opportunity to sign up when you register for the CS Workshop.

Training #1: Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices Training 2-day short course
September 14-15, 2024.

Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices (CW-MBP) is a national-level training from Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO) and the USDA Forest Service is designed for current or future mitigation specialists, wildfire program leads, and others working with residents and their communities to reduce wildfire risk. CW-MBP training concentrates on science, methods, and tools to help you engage communities and residents while also helping you to eliminate ineffective practices.

Participants should come with a basic understanding of wildfires, how structures ignite, and vegetation management practices. The course assumes you know how to mitigate, but are seeking ways to engage your community. In this workshop, you will work through some of the greatest challenges facing our wildland-urban interface communities with a focus on how to increase engagement with residents and partners. The course will help you break down ineffective practices to make space for the more effective ones with a focus on on-the-ground mitigation activities.

While completing your conference registration, indicate your interest in this class. You will receive additional instructions from a COCO representative. Until you have been contacted by COCO staff and filled out the additional paperwork, you will not be signed up for this course.

This course is provided free of charge and you can attend even if you are not attending the conference. The 2-day short course covers all the same topics as our full course however some topics are covered at a higher level.

If you are interested in getting the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) N9073 Training Certificate, you must complete pre-work, attend and actively participate in both days of training, and complete a Mitigation Action Plan (MAP) within two weeks of course completion. More details will be provided during the course.


Training #2:  Leading the CWPP Process – Learn how to lead the Community Wildfire Protection Planning process
September 14-15, 2024

Brought to you by The Ember Alliance, Fire Adapted Communities Network, Coalitions & Collaboratives, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and the Forests Stewards Guild

Over two days, you will learn and practice how to facilitate a CWPP process and leave with templates and access to coaching.

Participants will learn about:

  • Mapping the process of CWPP development
  • Assessing local risk with everyday tools
  • Gathering community input
  • Prioritizing treatments with partners
  • Creating and implementing an action plan

Participants will receive:

  • Ready-to-use CWPP document template
  • Individual coaching after the class
  • Community assessment, survey, and outreach templates

Training #3: The Eastern Innovation Landscape Network: A Journey into an Interagency Co-production Model for Prescribed Fire Innovation
Monday, September 16th 8:00 – 12:00

The Eastern Innovation Landscape Network is an interagency network of fire scientists and prescribed fire practitioners in the eastern U.S. who are collaboratively innovating in the fields of three-dimensional fuels and next generation fire behavior models.  Through a research co-production model, EILN prescribed fire managers and fire scientists engage early in the innovation process to test and evaluate novel tools and models as they are being developed to ensure their relevance and usefulness to prescribed fire planning and management.  In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the EILN concept, guided through its inception and progress over its first year as a network, and provided case studies, research, applications, and an interactive experience with terrestrial LiDAR, airborne LiDAR, and physics-based coupled fire-atmospheric fire behavior models such as QUIC-Fire and BurnPro3D.

Training #4: Prescribed fire and drought metrics – What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s useful?
Instructors: Dr. Tim Brown and Dr. Tamara Wall, Desert Research Institute
Monday, September 16th
10:00 – 12:00

Since the release of the National Prescribed Fire Review report, awareness of the role of drought in relation to Rx has increased. This workshop will utilize a small-group format to discuss 1) commonly used drought metrics 2) challenges with integrating these metrics into Rx burn plans and day-of operations and 3) explore ways to increase the use of drought metrics in Rx planning and operations to support achieving operational objectives and safety.