The pre-workshop trainings will take place on Saturday and Sunday prior to the Cohesive Workshop. They will be held at the Eldorado 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
November 4-5, 2023
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
November 4-5, 2023 8-4PM
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