In December 2021, the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior and Homeland Security -- through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- announced the formation Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. The commission is tasked with forming federal policy recommendations and strategies on ways to better prevent, manage, suppress and recover from wildfires, and provide recommendations for aerial firefighting equipment needs.
The call for nominations for the non-federal members was issued in March. More than 500 applications were received, and 36 non-federal members -- 18 primary and 18 alternates -- have been selected to serve on the commission. Along with 11 federal members, the commission will be co-chaired by Departments of Agriculture, the Interior and FEMA leadership.
As required in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the commission will represent federal agencies, state, local, and Tribal governments, as well as the private sector. Together, their recommendations will be submitted as part of required reports to Congress within a year of their first meeting.