A New View of Greenbelts
Through original research and an assessment of case studies, Greenbelt Alliance has identified four types of greenbelts that play a role in reducing the loss of lives and homes in extreme wildfire events while increasing overall resilience in communities and across landscapes.
The role these types of greenbelts play in loss prevention and resilience include:
- Serving as strategic locations for wildfire defense
- Acting as natural wildfire buffers to create separation from wildlands
- Increasing overall wildfire resilience through land stewardship
- Conserving biodiversity on fire-adapted lands while reducing risk
- Providing wildfire-resistant green spaces inside and surrounding neighborhoods
This research makes the case for policymakers to prioritize the protection, expansion, and long-term stewardship of greenbelts in high wildfire risk areas to achieve wildfire defense and risk reduction benefits. It also reiterates the demand for future growth to be channeled within existing cities and towns to address the housing crisis while avoiding new development in the high wildfire risk areas. And it emphasizes the need for enhanced land stewardship of greenbelts to unlock their wildfire-resilience benefits with sustainable funding allocated for permanent protection and longterm management.
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“The Greenbelt Alliance’s report on ‘The Critical Role of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience’ offers a pragmatic solution to the wicked problem of existing homes and communities located in areas with high risk of wildfires. This is the way Indigenous peoples survived and thrived in fire-prone environments without needing to ‘fight’ wildfires: they worked with fire to nurture greenbelts around their settlements and sites of cultural and economic sustenance. The Greenbelt Alliance offers a great guide for Californians to relearn these principles of community fire safety and sustainability.” – Timothy Ingalsbee, Ph.D. Executive Director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology (FUSEE)
Local, regional, and state policymakers, planners and their consultants, and the advocates and nonprofits working on solutions should put this research into action and deliver on the following recommendations:
WHAT THE EXPERTS HAVE TO SAY
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