The Wildland-Urban Interface

PAS QuickNotes 69

By Anna Read, AICP


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The wildland-urban interface (WUI) is the area where human development borders or intermingles with forestland or other wildlands. Over the past several decades, the pace of development in the WUI has accelerated. Development in the WUI increases wildfire risk and complicates wildfire management.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes describes how planning, development regulations, and public education can help mitigate wildfire risk in the WUI.


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Aug. 1, 2017
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About the Author

Anna Read, AICP
Anna Read is a co-author of the forthcoming PAS report, “Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface.' She previously worked as a Senior Program Development and Research Associate in the American Planning Association’s Washington, D.C. office, where she conducted applied research within APA's National Centers for Planning. Prior to joining APA, she worked on regional broadband planning efforts for the state of Missouri and as a project manager for the International City/County Management Association's Center for Sustainable Communities.  She has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.