Capacity Building

Building community capacity is an essential component of CPAW. We help practitioners and decision makers deepen their understanding of wildfire planning by offering workshops, trainings, and webinars. We highlight tools, share methods, and focus on technical topics such as development standards, fire behavior, landscape regulations, and fire risk modeling. Our events encourage interaction and learning among land use planners, fire practitioners, elected officials, and other industry professionals.

Roughly every year, we host a forum for all CPAW communities to showcase recent program successes and opportunities. At this event, previously enrolled communities share experiences and key takeaways resulting from participation in the CPAW program, providing an opportunity for land use planners, foresters, and community leaders from different communities to learn from one another and share valuable information regarding what works and doesn’t work when planning for wildfires in the WUI.

In addition, we provide day-long training workshops for community leaders interested in land use planning and wildfire risk reduction. We cover fundamental topics relevant to both disciplines including wildfire science, land use planning basics, and WUI management. In some cases, professional education credits are available such as American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certifications.

The CPAW Team also attends and presents at conferences and workshops throughout the year. Read more about upcoming capacity building opportunities on our events page, and you can explore additional resources related to planning and the wildland urban interface.