About the GLFFC

Compact Membership, Purpose and Goals

The Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact (GLFFC) is made up of 3 U.S. States and 2 Canadian Provincial Natural Resources agencies. They have created a formal association in order to promote effective prevention, pre-suppression and control of forest fires in the Great Lakes Region of the United States and adjacent areas of Canada.


To support effective prevention, presuppression and control of forest fires in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and Canada through partnership activities to develop fire prevention and presuppression programs and by preparing for and providing member agencies with fire management mutual aid.


The GLFFC will pursue excellence in the development of fire management capacity through a partnership that:

  • develops agency staff and future Compact committee members into fire management leaders;

  • is strategic by planning ahead;

  • improves resource sharing and technology development to leverage agency capacity;

  • innovates for fire prevention and training delivery; and

  • is responsive and flexible to changing environments.


GLFFC member agencies remain committed to the founding principles of the Compact and will make the Compact work, regardless of changes in budgets and sources of funding in the future.


Encourage each member to maintain efficient and effective forest fire control programs, ensure that members maintain an efficient and effective fire prevention program, ensure close liaison with other compacts, states, provinces and members of the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact. Encourage Compact members to maintain program plans, and encourage members to develop and maintain progressive, timely and innovative fire management philosophies.

GLFFC membership is made up of:

  • State of Michigan, represented by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Forest Management Division;

  • State of Minnesota, represented by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry;

  • State of Wisconsin, represented by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry;

  • Province of Ontario, represented by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services;

  • Province of Manitoba, represented by the Conservation Fire Program.

Participating members provide mutual aid in prevention, pre-suppression and control of forest fires through information, technology and resource sharing activities.