Mitigation Mentors Program


Wildfire risk reduction activities are not easy and require passion and skill.  When we first started developing the wildfire risk reduction programs at the Coalition for the Upper South we faced a steep learning curve. We made mistakes and learned hard lessons. If only we had someone to guide us through the work and steer us away from pitfalls. Someone that could have shared what works and what does not, someone who shared Mitigation Best Practices. The Mitigation Mentors Program is based on this simple idea; share mitigation best practices and provide critical support as you embark on your risk reduction journeys. 

Are you trying to build capacity within your organization? Do you have a mitigation project that is hitting roadblocks? Do you need assistance planning, implementing or reporting a project? The Mitigation Mentor Program can match you to a professional with real world experience to assist your organization, or neighborhood, increase mitigation activities in your area.


To create a network of mentors that help organizations to overcome wildland fire risk reduction barriers.


Provide one-on-one mentorship  to increase wildland fire mitigation, increase organizational capacity, improve community resilience, protect ecosystem health, and support wildland fire adaption.


Any organization working on mitigation projects across land ownerships. The Mitigation Mentors Program is not geared to individual homeowner organizations or neighborhoods.


If accepted into the program, we expect open minds, willingness to make program adjustments, and participation in scheduled webinars, calls and mentor sessions.  Each mentorship plan is sculpted to the unique needs of your community, mitigation goals, objectives and challenges.


A Mitigation Mentor will reach out to you and work with you to develop a mentorship plan that will best benefit your organization. The  cadre of Mitigation Mentors include subject matter experts from nonprofits, fire departments, the private sector and utilities.

Mentorship activities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with organizational structure
  • Developing nonprofits; supporting mission, vision, goals and objectives
  • Strategic planning 
  • Wildfire risk prioritization 
  • Limited risk analysis and mapping 
  • Grant application review  
  • Motivating residents to take action
  • Project design, implementation and monitoring
  • Project and program assessment
  • Grant reporting


Click here to request mentorship! After receiving your request, we will determine if we have a Mitigation Mentor that can assist you with your needs and if your need matches the intent of the program.