Wildland-Urban Interface

What You'll Learn

  • Explore the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and its rise over the recent decades.
  • Understand how different planning tools can be used to address wildfire and other challenges in the WUI.
  • Understand how communities have applied planning tools to wildlife and other challenges in the WUI.

More Course Details

More Americans are living in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), defined as the area where human development borders or intermingles with forests or other wildlands. As more communities are located partially or entirely in the WUI, the need for planning guidance has become clear.

This course helps planners develop a deeper understanding of issues and challenges on planning the WUI. It defines the WUI and looks at current trends in WUI development. It addresses the basics of wildfire and what planners need to know about wildfire risk and vulnerability assessments. Speakers explore how planners can address WUI challenges in local plans and land-use and development regulations.

A case study from Wenatchee, Washington, illustrates how policies and regulations played an important role in the city's preparedness efforts and post-fire recovery following the 2015 Sleepy Hollow Fire. The case study provides insights on what makes implementation more successful, and the role of different stakeholders in the WUI planning process.