The below information is adapted from the Colorado State Forest Service.
Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) are authorized and defined in Title I of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) passed by Congress on November 21, 2003, and signed into law by President Bush on December 3, 2003.
The Healthy Forests Restoration Act places renewed emphasis on community planning by extending a variety of benefits to communities with a wildfire protection plan in place. Critical among these benefits:
- The option of establishing a localized definition and boundary for the wildland-urban interface (WUI)
- The opportunity to help shape fuels treatment priorities for surrounding federal and non-federal lands
Public safety and community sustainability
The CWPP, as described in the Act, brings together diverse local interests to discuss their mutual concerns for public safety, community sustainability and natural resources. It offers a positive, solution-oriented environment in which to address challenges such as:
- Local firefighting capability
- The need for defensible space around homes and subdivision
- Where and how to prioritize land management on both federal and non-federal land