Greenbelts & Wildfire Research

California has a serious problem: extreme wildfire events are growing more frequent every year under a changing climate. Such a complex problem requires significant, bold changes.

In order to protect people and preserve open spaces and natural resources, we must implement innovative land-use policies and collaborate at the state, regional, and local levels to change our relationship to wildfire. So we are documenting the critical role that different types of open spaces can play in wildfire prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Greenbelt Alliance is doing this by…

Conducting original research on how the natural environment around us can play a significant role as nature-based solutions to climate risks like wildfire. Specifically, protected greenbelts and open spaces are growing in importance as a wildfire resiliency tool with multiple benefits and applications in fire-prone areas across the US. Such research is particularly relevant now after the devastating human and ecological impacts from wildfires over the past few years across the Bay Area and will serve to generate lessons learned for California as well as other states. Click here to get this breakthrough research today

Putting our findings and recommendations into action in ongoing regional planning—making the case and directive for what is needed to use greenbelts as land-use policy tools in wildfire planning, prevention, and long-term resilience planning.

outcomes of this work

Raise awareness and understanding around the actions required to build a resilient Bay Area.

We will achieve this by sharing "The Critical Role of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience" with policymakers, planners, and key stakeholders. This original research provides detailed recommendations for concerned residents, leaders, and advocates to leverage greenbelts that will reduce wildfire risk.

We will then promote the findings and policy recommendations and best practices through thought-leadership blogs, educational events, external campaigns, and topical webinars.

Communities, policy makers, and land owners collaborate to heighten understanding of wildfire risk and ways to improve resilience.

We will work to build a network—across sectors and breaking down silos—to collaborate on implementing land-use policy that reduces wildfire risks.

We will also advocate for actions in ongoing regional planning efforts: promoting what is needed to use greenbelts as land-use policy tools in wildfire planning, prevention, and resilience.


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lightning complex fire by Cal Fire

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