The Community Capacity and Environment program is primarily focused on building capacity in rural and underserved communities to address wildfire protection. The program intends to increase awareness about the relationships between wildfire and rural poverty and provide resources for community-based efforts in fire and forest restoration. This program also examines broader relationships between natural resource management, natural disaster mitigation and social vulnerability.

Recent Submissions

  • Wood Heat Solutions : A Community Guide to Biomass Thermal Projects 

    Resource Innovations (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008)
    This guide provides an introduction to woody biomass as a viable alternative to fossil fuels for generating heat and offers case study examples and sources for further information on developing a biomass heat project. ...
  • Engaging Socially Vulnerable Populations in Community Wildfire Protection Plans 

    Resource Innovations; Forest Guild; Watershed Research and Training Center; Ojerio, Ryan S., 1972-; Lynn, Kathy; Evans, Alexander; DeBonis, Mike; Gerlitz, Wendy (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008)
    Recent catastrophic wildfires in the United States provided images of the destruction of multimillion-dollar homes, dense urban neighborhoods, and vast estates that overlook beautiful forests or the southern California ...
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plan Evaluation Guide 

    Unknown author (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008-08)
    The purpose of this guide is to assist communities in monitoring and evaluating their Community Wildfire Protection Plans to strengthen future implementation. The steps in this guide outline an effective process ...
  • Case Study: Reducing Hazardous Fuels for Josephine County’s Special Needs Population--Draft 

    Unknown author (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2006-10)
  • Redefining Stewardship : Public Lands and Rural Communities in the Pacific Northwest 

    Ecotrust; University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008-02)
    Can the vision of healthy forests and healthy communities bring together traditional adversaries? This publication tells a story of collaboration that moves beyond the tales of the '90s-era timber wars. We share how ...
  • Beyond Planning: Stewardship Contracting as a Management Tool for Implementing CWPPs 

    Donovan, Shannon; Lynn, Kathy; Kauffman, Marcus (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008-06)
  • Feasibility and Benefits of Deploying Solar Electric Generation Across Public and Commercial Roof Space in Eugene, Oregon 

    Neff, Raymond (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2006-06)
    Many commercial and public buildings have large expanses of roof area that are ideally suited for generating electricity with solar photovoltaics (PV). They are often free of obstructions from the sun, like large trees ...
  • Evaluation Guide for Community Wildfire Protection Plans : Draft 

    University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008-03-01)
    The purpose of this guide is to assist communities in monitoring and evaluating their CWPPs to strengthen future implementation. The steps in this guide outline an effective process for evaluating how well communities ...
  • Curry County Community Wildfire Protection Plan 

    Ojerio, Ryan S., 1972-; University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations; Lynn, Kathy (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008-02)
    The structural vulnerability study was the first collaborative effort of the newly formed Curry Wildfire Preparation Team (CWPT). The CWPT formed out of a recognition that wildfire is an integral and inevitable component ...
  • Curry County Community Wildfire Protection Plan : Community Guide 

    University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2008-02)
    The full Curry County CWPP is a comprehensive document that details information on a wide range of issues from county demographics and vulnerable populations, to structural vulnerability and wildfire risk. The CWPT felt ...
  • Community Resilience and the 2005 Deer Creek Fire – Summary Report 

    Lynn, Kathy; Hill, Arleen (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2006-04)
    This report provides an overview of the purpose, findings, and recommendations from interviews conducted with residents affected by the 2005 Deer Creek Fire.
  • Establishing a Low-Income Assistance Program for the Rural/Metro Fire Department 

    Bollig, Shaun R.; Lynn, Kathy; University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2006-09-28)
    Low-income citizens face greater obstacles in attaining and paying for public services, including energy, telephone, and water. The lack of resources to pay for services may also make it difficult for low-income residents ...
  • Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan: 2006 Annual Report and Updated Action Plan 

    University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Resource Innovations, 2006)
    In 2002, the Biscuit Fire burned over 500,000 acres and resulted in costs exceeding 150 million dollars. A majority of the acres burned in Josephine County, Oregon. Lessons learned from the fire resulted in the development ...
  • Tribal Wildfire Resource Guide, June 2006 

    University of Oregon. Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Resource Innovations; Rasmussen, Kathleen Frances, 1978- (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Resource Innovations, 2006-06)
    During the past year, the Intertribal Timber Council (ITC) has been working with Resource Innovations, a program within the University of Oregon’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment, to develop a Tribal Wildfire Resource ...
  • Josephine County : Integrated fire plan, November 2004 

    Josephine County (Or.); University of Oregon. Program for Watershed and Community Health (Josephine County (Or.), 2004-11-08)
    Goals [for this Plan are]: protect against potential losses to life, property and natural resources from wildfire; build and maintain active participation from each Fire Protection District; set realistic expectations for ...
  • Mapping the relationship between wildfire and poverty 

    Lynn, Kathy; Gerlitz, Wendy (University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 2005-11)
    This research project uses the concept of community capacity -- a community's ability to protect itself, respond to, and recover from wildfire -- and examines socioeconomic indicators (one component of community capacity) ...
  • Wildfire and poverty: an overview of the interactions among wildfires, fire-related programs, and poverty in the Western States 

    Niemi, Ernest G.; Lee, Kristin (Center for Watershed and Community Health, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University, 2001-12)
    Wildfires and poverty are both common in the West. Wildfires intensify poverty by having a pervasive, disproportionately negative impact on those households and communities lacking adequate resources to reduce the ...
  • Assessment of water leasing activities in Washington State 

    Unknown author (Center for Watershed and Community Health, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University, 2001-11-01)
    The State of Washington faced a record drought situation for the 2001 water year. The opportunity to lease water from current water right holders for the purpose of enhancing instream flows to improve conditions for fish ...
  • Benefits to fish, benefits to farmers: improving streamflow and water allocation in the Northwest 

    Jaeger, William K.; Doppelt, Bob (Center for Watershed and Community Health, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, 2002-08)
    This paper is intended to outline a framework and provide policy recommendations for expanding the tools and approaches available to transfer water between out-of-stream and instream uses and also among out-of-stream uses. ...
  • Creating good-neighbors in your watershed: a resource guide for establishing Watershed Good-Neighbor programs 

    Portland State University. Center for Watershed and Community Health (Center for Watershed and Community Health, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University, 1999)
    The Watershed Good-Neighbor program is a unique voluntary, community-based approach to educating and training local businesses and landowners on how they can improve their business productivity and profitability and, in ...

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