The Forest Fire Lookout Association
by Keith A. Argow, FFLA President
The Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA), founded in 1990, is involved in research of forest fire lookout sites, ground cabins, and early forest fire detection methods. It also documents anecdotes of lookout operators past and present. The organization encourages efforts by public groups and others to restore forest fire lookouts. The membership is composed of lookout enthusiasts, hikers, conservationists, forest fire personnel, foresters, storywriters, and members of the environmental community. The FFLA prepares nominations for the National Historic Lookout Register (NHLR) and issues a quarterly newsletter, Lookout Network. Also available are quarterly issues of National Woodlands, with articles and information on the NHLR and the FFLA.
The purpose of the NHLR is to recognize both active and inactive fire towers and ground lookouts. Listing often leads to volunteer activities in maintenance and educational programs at these sites. Much like PIT, the NHLR encourages a combination of public involvement and protection of historic sites.