The draft Middle Northeast Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for Antelope, Boone, Colfax, Madison, Pierce, Platte, Stanton, and Wayne Counties is ready for public review. Draft copies of the document have been mailed to county offices and are available to the public online here. Comments will be accepted until September 30, 2021.

The plan is intended to enhance collaboration and communication among the various agencies and organizations who manage fire in the middle northeast region of Nebraska, and to help them effectively prepare for and respond to wildfire, according to the Nebraska Forest Service.

Landowners in counties that adopt the plan will be eligible to apply for federal and state cost-share funds for vegetative fuels reduction and other hazard mitigation efforts in at-risk areas within the CWPP boundary. The plan may also provide increased opportunities for counties, municipalities, and rural fire districts to seek grant funding for activities related to fire protection.

The plan, part of a statewide network of Community Wildfire Protection Plans, provides information to both local emergency responders and those from outside the area who provide mutual aid. The CWPP consolidates and relays critical information needed for responders in unfamiliar terrain.

Comments will be accepted via email to [email protected] or they may be sent via US Postal Service to the Nebraska Forest Service, Attn: Sandy Benson, PO Box 830815, Lincoln, NE 68583-0815.