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Describing Missoula’s Wildland Urban Interface Challenges – A landowner’s guide to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan

A little work now can cultivate the value of your property and resources while helping to mitigate your unique fire risk. Our main goal in sending you this letter is to offer some steps that we can take together towards creating a healthy and sustainable relationship with your land.

As you may or may not be aware Missoula County adopted a new Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) as of Feb. 2018.
The entire CWPP can be viewed at:
http://planningforwildfire.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FINAL_Missoula-CWPP_2018_Mar_08.pdf

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan was created through contributing efforts between the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management, the Board of County Commissioners, local fire departments, local land management agencies, and many other participating agencies and community members. The intent of the plan is to identify local wildfire risk, what is at risk, and actions the community must take to address its wildfire risk. The end goal is to create a “fire-adapted community”.

This plan identifies high priority areas of necessary fuel treatments for fire mitigation in Missoula County. You are being contacted because you reside in, or own property, in a high risk or high priority area.

Bashoor Land Management is a Montana based company that specializes in forestry consulting and wildfire hazard assessments. The company was founded by wildland firefighters with nearly a decade of experience in the field. Our professional experience is supplemented by education from the University of Montana. Bashoor Land Management serves as the Chair of the Forest Resources Committee that advises the Missoula Chamber of Commerce on actions/edits and implementation of the CWPP. We strengthen collaboration between multiple land management agencies, non-profits, and private industries to ensure ampliable relationships between healthy forests, a vibrant community, and a thriving local economy.

Moving forward, we want to reach out and help landowners like yourself on a personal level.

What can Bashoor Land Management do for you?

Bashoor Land Management is a Montana based company that specializes in forestry consulting and wildfire hazard assessments. The company was founded by wildland firefighters with nearly a decade of experience in the field. Our professional experience is supplemented by education from the University of Montana.

Wildfire Risk Assessment and Structure Evaluation– Through our experience in wildland fire, we can tell you that taking the time to evaluate and mitigate wildfire risk in the Home Ignition Zone (150’ from values) will give your values a fighting chance in the event of a wildfire. If a landowner has taken the steps to ensure their land is adequately mitigated, then firefighters will be more likely to devote efforts in defending a property. Attached in this packet is the statewide structure evaluation form that can be completed and submitted to proper parties that will allow wildfire response a pre-determinate evaluation of your property so they can devote more time to defending values, planning suppression operations, and knowledge of ingress/egress in the cases of access and evacuation. Bashoor Land Management offers a thorough walk-around evaluation, completion, and submittance of this form to the proper entities. After the evaluation we can suggest actions you can take and explore further options if risk mitigation is needed.

Forestry Consulting- We can explore options of restoring your land back to a defensible and sufficient state. Also, we can work with you to rid your land of insect infestation and disease. Our staff has the ability to accurately inventory your land, and develop management plans with property specific maps. We can prep your project by marking trees/boundaries, identifying values, and ensuring you and your contractor understand state laws and requirements associated with this work. We can recommend to you the best and most efficient methods and equipment for the job. We can also assist you in writing a contract tailored for you and your project for whoever is involved. Coupling your objectives with our professional advising, we can tailor the ideal plan for you and your property, ensuring as few hiccups as possible.

Grant Writing- We understand times are hard, and funding professional labor may seem out of the question. We specialize in helping you consolidate costs with grant assistance.- We will not charge unless you are approved for ample grant qualification.

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