The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Impact Assessment of NCR Recovery Support Function

Impact Assessment of NCR RSF under the NDR Framework

This project (2016-2018) assesses the Natural and Cultural Resource (NCR) Recovery Support Function (RSF) activities after recent wildfires in TX, Hurricane Isaac in CA, floods in CO, floods in NM, and mudslides in WA in terms of their impact on natural and cultural resources recovery and local economies. Specific objectives of this project are as follows:

  1. Assess how NCR RSF activities contribute to resilience (as defined by the National Disaster Recovery Framework or NDRF) of cultural and natural resources in the case study communities.
  2. Identify potential areas of improvement for NCR RSF activities.

The resulting information is expected to help the DOI Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC) and its federal and nonfederal partners to better understand the impact and success of NCR RSF recovery efforts led by the Department and FEMA, characterize the Department’s leadership role in protecting the nation’s natural and cultural resources and the environment, and provide valuable case studies to inform planning and improve the performance of future disaster recovery operations under the NCR RSF and other allied efforts at multiple scales.

This project is funded as a Cooperative Agreement between the University of Utah and the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network.

October 5, 2016