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Hardin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
posted on: 2019-10-11
In April this year, Hardin County announced the development of a county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan, known as a CWPP. A CWPP is a plan designed to identify and reduce wildfire hazards to communities and infrastructure in the area where homes and businesses meet the natural landscape. The CWPP makes recommendations for fuels reduction projects, public outreach and education, structural ignitability reduction, and fire response capabilities.

Since April a multi-jurisdictional Core Team has been meeting to develop the plan. The group is headed by Southern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission (SIRPDC), and includes representatives of the local Rosiclare, Elizabethtown and Cave-in-Rock Fire Departments, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Shawnee National Forest and other local stakeholders. A draft version of the CWPP has been developed and the Core Team are soliciting feedback on the plan from residents. The draft is available at the following link [INSERT]. The public review period will run from October 11th to Nov 1st. Residents are encouraged to provide any questions or comments in writing to Project Manager Victoria Amato at These comments will be considered during development of the final CWPP which is scheduled for completion in late November. Once adopted by the County government and local wildfire responders, the plan can be used to direct needed funding for wildfire protection and forest management. The ultimate goal is that all recommended projects are designed to greatly reduce wildfire risk to residents and ensure that the Hardin County community can live safely in this fire adapted environment.

Vicky Amato
Natural Resources Planner
SWCA Environmental Consultants

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Phone: 618-252-7463

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