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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fire Management Program is responsible for protecting and restoring lands in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Pacific Islands territories.

Teaching the Value of Fire

FWS Fire Management Branch at the National Interagency Fire Center - 2004

A new 10-member National Fire Outreach Team, representing all regions, has developed a National Fire Communications Strategic Plan to educate stakeholders, including lawmakers, wildlife organizations, local fire agencies, refuge visitors, and adjacent landowners, among others about the benefits of fire to resources and communities as it is applied within the parameters of National Wildlife Refuge System. The plan will help everyone understand the role of fire in maintaining and restoring ecological health and how it is used to advance the Service's wildlife conservation mission. Improved outreach is expected to help the FWS maintain a leadership role in the use of prescribed burns to accomplish goals outlined by the National Fire Plan.

By using prescribed and wildland fire, more than 70 percent of FWS-managed lands are rated at low wildfire risk. To reach and sustain desirable conditions for all Service lands, the number of acres treated every year must double from the current average of about 300,000 acres per year.

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