Successful landscape-scale management requires close cooperation and effective communications among all stakeholders, including state, local and tribal governments, agencies and local communities. Because fire is a natural component of most if not all U.S. landscapes, land managers are increasingly investing in efforts to educate the public about wildland fire and prescribed fire issues.
Strong partnerships with local communities to promote fire safety, fire prevention, Firewise community planning, and fuels management are all important. Support from the public at large can also help ensure that fire-related conservation work receives adequate funding and attention from agencies and legislators.
In wildland-urban interface areas (places where houses meet or intermingle with undeveloped wild lands) the goal is for residents, civic and community leaders, land managers, and fire and emergency responders to work together to reduce a community's risk to wildfire. Helping communities do this the goal of the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition and the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.