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Wildland Fire Prevention. Power Lines in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. The Three “E”s of Prevention. EDUCATION ENGINEERING ENFORCEMENT. ENGINEERING. WILDFIRE STATISTICS. 39/15/8 50/50. 1998 FIRE SEASON Mitsue Fire 49,670 ha $$$$$. Priority Setting for Values at Risk.

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    1. Wildland Fire Prevention Power Lines in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta

    2. The Three “E”s of Prevention • EDUCATION • ENGINEERING • ENFORCEMENT

    3. ENGINEERING

    4. WILDFIRE STATISTICS • 39/15/8 • 50/50

    5. 1998 FIRE SEASON Mitsue Fire 49,670 ha $$$$$

    6. Priority Setting for Values at Risk • #1 Human life • #2 Communities • #3 Watershed & Soils • #4 Natural Resources • #5 Infrastructure

    7. RISK • Values at risk • Surrounding Hazard • How lucky do you feel? • Can you live with the risk? • Can you live with the liability?

    8. The Wonderful World of Law • The world as we knew it has changed • Liability • Can we survive it? • Can we avoid the courtroom?

    9. New Issue? • Power lines identified as an issue in the big fires of 1981 • Wildfire agreements created in 1991 • Mitsue may have been the catalyst to many other issues

    10. What are the issues? • Planning in isolation between main industries • Communication and information sharing could be stronger

    11. POLICY • Spring 2000 Tree-Free Policy implemented • For all new power line dispositions • Attention received from Industry stakeholders

    12. One Thing in Common • Affected everyone doing business in the Forest Protection Area

    13. In Response to the Attention • Executive steering committee was created in summer of 2000 • Working group created

    14. Working Group Membership • 3 Divisions of Land & Forest Service • ATCO • TransAlta • Utilicorp • CAPP • Telus • Rural Electrification Assoc. • Alberta Forest Products Assoc.. • FMA & Quota holders

    15. FIRST THINGS FIRST • Make sure everyone is at the table • Seek to understand then be understood • Begin with the end in mind

    16. What do we want? • Balanced approach to dealing with risk • Sound management practices • Prevent wildfires • Provide reliable & cost efficient services to clients • Minimal bureaucracy • Minimize “Foot Print” on the landbase

    17. CHALLENGE • Attempt to breakdown a complex issue to find out what exactly is the problem • Find simple/straight forward solutions • How to consistently implement the solutions. • How to ensure that we do not go back to the “old habits” of the past

    18. KEY PRINCIPLES • PLANNING • Cooperative • Communicative • Information sharing • WORKING TOGETHER

    19. HOW DO WE DO THIS? • Ensure that everyone is speaking the same language • Communication • Cooperation • Agreements • Workshops • Consistent Process

    20. THANK YOU