From Restoration to Recreation - Moving Forward After Fires.

APA Idaho


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. MDT

CM | 1.25

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1.      How the session relates to the “Plan Big” theme.

With a substantial amount of undeveloped federal land, Idaho has the potential to experience large forest fires that can disrupt the normal functioning of communities across the state. This session provides examples and best practices of how to recover and restore recreational areas after wildfires.

 2.      How the session meets a specific planning-related training objective.

Attendees will learn from members of the 5B Restoration Coalition (5BRC) which started out with a focus on restoration (post-fire) and resilience. This group is able to show the connection between the community, their public lands and the many and varied benefits the National Forests (and other public lands provide). This session helps communities plan for resiliency and can help attendees find resources to help prepare for wildfire risk and how to deal with the aftermath.

 3.      How the session will offer a professionally relevant learning experience for a planner with at least 4 years of experience.

By providing a hands on experience and highlighting an example of successful restoration attendees will gain a unique understanding of a specific example. This will be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience with resiliency as the session leads will be on hand to answer any questions and to showcase context specific strategies and solutions that can be tailored and applied to communities across the state.

 4.      What you want the attendees to learn from this session.


We want attendees to take home lessons of resiliency in the face of wildfire risk. Attendees will learn about how a community can recover in the face of natural disaster and turn the area into a community asset.  


Ellen Campfield Nelson, AICP

Ellen is a managing associate with Agnew::Beck, a planning firm based in Boise and Anchorage. She works on policy, planning and implementation in a range of subject areas, including recreation, health, transportation, economic development, education and housing. Ellen's particular passion is creating and facilitating meaningful dialogue that leads ... Read More

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