Oregon Governor Kulongoski appointed to Wildland fire Leadership Council

I was not aware until today that the Wildland Fire Leadership Council had a state governor as a member. Here is an excerpt from a news release issued today by the Western Governors’ Association.

DENVER — Gov. Ted Kulongoski (Ore.) has been appointed by the Obama Administration to represent the Western Governors’ Association on the national Wildland Fire Leadership Council, which coordinates and implements wildland fire and fuels policies, goals and management activities. The WFLC is an intergovernmental committee of federal, state, tribal, county and municipal officials and is considered a model for collaborative and effective leadership.

The mission of the WFLC, according to their web site is:

The Wildland Fire Leadership Council is an intergovernmental committee of Federal, State, tribal, county, and municipal government officials convened by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture dedicated to consistent implementation of wildland fire policies, goals, and management activities. The Council provides strategic oversight to ensure policy coordination, accountability, and effective implementation of Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy and related long-term strategies to address wildfire suppression, assistance to communities, hazardous fuels reduction, habitat restoration, and rehabilitation of the Nation’s forests and rangelands.

Via FireNet

UPDATE AT 10:26 a.m. March 24:

I talked with someone who said that this is the first time a Governor has been a member of the WFLC.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.