SIERRA NEVADA REGIONAL RESOURCE KIT & PROFILE

SIERRA NEVADA REGIONAL

RESOURCE KIT & PROFILE

What Are Regional Resource Kits?

Regional Resource Kits (RRK) are sets of tools and data created to accelerate the work by regional partners and collaboratives to reduce wildfire hazard and improve the conditions of forested and shrub landscapes. The kits include, among other elements, a database of management-relevant metrics that have been vetted by federal, state, and academic scientists and spatially explicit assessments of current conditions for key resources in the region. The Resource Kit will be revised based on user feedback and updated as new science and technologies are developed. 

To support efficient and effective planning and prioritization, each RRK provides:

A common framework for planning and prioritizing treatment options

Framework For Resilience

A core database of management-relevant metrics that have been vetted by federal, state, and academic scientists

Metric List and Dictionary

Easy public access to explore and download the regional databases

DOWNLOAD DATA

Spatially explicit assessments of current conditions for key resources

VIEW DATA

A decision support tool designed for the needs of the regional planners and collaboratives (available in 2023)

PLANSCAPE

How Do RKK’s Help With The Roadmap to a Million Acres?

The Roadmap to a Million Acres (RMA) outlines how to build capacity and momentum to accomplish the commitment by the USDA-Forest Service (USFS) and the State of California to collectively treat a minimum of 1 million acres annually by 2025.

The RMA is based on a three-tiered strategy:

1. Coordination of state and federal plans, mandates, and initiatives

2. Development of regional capacity to invest in high priority projects

3. Alignment, development, and application of data and tools to prioritize and report on acres treated and the multiple benefits of projects at the local, regional, and state level.

The Regional Resource Kits help support increasing regional capacity and aligning federal and state data and tools, giving partners the data needed to make informed treatment decisions.

Who Created The RRKs?

Development of the RRKs builds on an interagency collaboration that includes:

• USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW), Region 5 Information Management – Mapping and Remote Sensing (MARS) Team, and the Fire and Resource Assessment Program (CAL FIRE – FRAP)

• Applied research projects funded by the USFS and the California Strategic Growth Council

• The talent of environmentally inclined data scientists from Google.org.

Specific members include:

ACCEL: A joint effort by the Information Management – MARS Team and PSW to increase the pace and scale of treatments by building the essential spatial data and analytical tools to inform management investments. Lead: Patricia Manley

CAL FIRE-FRAP Forest and Range Assessment: A comprehensive report on the status of California’s forest and rangelands. Lead: Tadashi Moody.

The Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions (CECS): A University of California-led effort to develop consistent, updateable, state-wide data layers that inform climate adaptation and mitigation. Lead: Michael Goulden.

Wildfire Resilience Fellowship: Google.org has partnered with the Natural Resources Agency to “empower California resource managers at the state, regional, and local levels to target, plan, and monitor their vegetation management and wildfire resilience projects.” CNRA Lead: Jessica Morse; Google.org Contact: Sarah Wood

What Are Regional Profiles?

The Regional Profile series is a publicly available resource developed by the Task Force’s Science Advisory Panel. The profiles summarize the socio-ecological context of the region, highlight example current condition assessments from the associated Regional Resource Kit, and presents findings from interviews and surveys about stakeholder priorities and concerns for community and ecosystem resilience.

The Sierra Regional Profile is available here.

Timeline For Remaining Regions

The timeline for developing the regional resource kits and regional profiles for the remaining 3 regions will follow the schedule of regional Task Force meetings.

  • January 2023: Southern California regional resource kit and regional profile 

  • May 2023Central Coast regional resource kit and regional profile 

  • September 2023North Coast regional resource kit and regional profile.



An Overview of Tools to Inform Land Management Decisions

A Guide FOR Land Managers

An Overview Of Tools To Inform Land Management Decisions


24 Decision Support Tools Researched/Analyzed To Help Guide Land Managers

The Science Advisory Panel of the California Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force, in collaboration with US Forest Service Region 5 and Pacific Southwest Research Station created this guide to help land managers, both government and private, better understand the tools available to them to help make the critical decisions required to keep their lands healthy and resilient.


Background

The project team curated a list of 24 available tools for land management decision-making in California. Tools included in the list were “application ready” and applied at a regional or larger scale. For each tool, they identified a range of characteristics that could help land managers determine which tool or tools best meet their needs. The characteristics were selected through the project team’s expertise and engagement with tool users and developers.

The following characteristics were
surveyed for each tool:

  • Management applications
  • Geographic and spatial domain
  • Pillars of Resilience
  • Metrics used
  • Data input and output
  • Key strengths and limitations
  • Required expertise and training
  • Model validation
  • Sustainment and maintenance
  • Financial cost
  • Documented applications


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RESOURCES


How To Use This Page

Below are two tables representing two key results of the survey conducted by the project team.• Table 1 shows which categories of Management Application apply to each of the tools.• Table 2 identifies which Pillars of Resilience (from the Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative Framework For Resilience) each tool addresses.Land Managers should review these result tables as a first step to determining which tools would be most applicable to their land management decision making needs.


Complete Survey Responses For Each Tool

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Write-Up On Additional Findings

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Authors

• Jennifer Smith
USDA California Climate Hub

• John Battles
UC Berkeley

• Patricia Manley
US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

• Steven Ostoja
USDA California Climate Hub

• Carlos Ramirez
US Forest Service Region 5 Information Management – MARS Team

• Peter Stine
Pacific Southwest Research Station


USFS Will Resume its Prescribed Fire Program

USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore Announces Actions the USFS Will Take to Resume its Prescribed Fire Program


Update on USFS’ Prescribed Fire Pause. In a statement announced on September 8, USFS Chief Randy Moore has decided – based on a thorough review, findings, and recommendations provided by its National Review Team – to conditionally resume the USFS’s prescribed fire program nationwide. The conditions include a requirement that all USFS units immediately follow all seven tactical recommendations identified in the National Prescribed Fire Program Review. These actions will ensure prescribed fire plans are up to date with the most recent science, that key factors and conditions are closely evaluated the day of a prescribed burn, and that decisionmakers are engaged in those burns in real time to determine whether a prescribed burn should be implemented.

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RESOURCES


Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

2022 Program Review

U.S. Forest Service Announcement

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UC Cooperative Extension Forest Landowner Workshops

UC Cooperative Extension Forest Landowner Workshops


UC ANR Landowner Workshops:

 

·        Forest Stewardship Workshops: University of California Cooperative Extension-Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) and partners continue to host workshops in various locations throughout the state to help landowners develop management plans for their own property. Upcoming locations include Butte/Yuba and Napa counties.  

 

·        Small Forest Landowners’ Field Day: UC ANR, My Sierra Woods and partners are hosting a Small Forest Landowners Field Day on September 18 in Twain Harte. Fuel reduction projects, technical and financial assistance programs for private forest landowners, and the My Sierra Woods programs will be highlighted.

 

·        Post-fire Forest Resilience Workshops: UC ANR is hosting a new post-fire workshop series this fall aimed at assisting private landowners the northern and Central Sierra Nevada affected by the 2021 Dixie, Caldor and Tamarack fires.

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Jackson Demonstration Forest: A Great Recreation Choice

Man on horseback

Jackson Demonstration Forest: A Great Recreation Choice 


California’s demonstration state forests serve as a living laboratory for how to care for and manage California’s forest lands for multiple benefits—wood products and timber production, recreation, watershed protection, and habitat restoration—given a changing climate and increasingly severe and intense wildfire seasons. The forests provide unique research and demonstration opportunities where environmental scientists, foresters, and other researchers can study the effects of various forest management and restoration techniques that help inform management practices for government, nonprofit and private forestland owners. 

Common activities on state forests include experimental timber harvesting techniques that test the Forest Practice Rules, watershed restoration, mushroom collecting, hunting, firewood gathering, cone collecting for seed, a variety of university research projects, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, and hiking.

Jackson is the largest of CAL FIRE’s ten demonstration state forests. The area has a long history of logging which began in under private ownership 1862 then evolved into sustainable harvesting after the State’s purchase of the property in 1947. Today, more forest growth occurs each year than is harvested. The most common tree on the forest is coast redwood, but visitors will also find Douglas-fir, grand fir, hemlock, bishop pine, tanoak, alder, madrone and bay myrtle.

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RESOURCES


CAL FIRE Demonstration State Forests

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CAL FIRE Jackson Demonstration State Forest

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Wildland Urban Interface: A Look at Issues and Resolutions

burned out home site

Wildland Urban Interface: A Look at Issues and Resolutions


A report of recommendations for elected officials, policy makers and all levels of government, tribal and response agencies. (June 7, 2022) Report sponsored by FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration.

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State Can Fight Fire With Prescribed Fire By Funding Jobs In The Field

active fire in grass field

State Can Fight Fire With Prescribed Fire By Funding Jobs In The Field


“It is now accepted that prescribed fire is needed to conserve and restore biodiversity, prevent catastrophic fires, stabilize carbon and promote public health and safety. To address the pace and scale of prescribed fire that is needed, we must invest in careers in prescribed fire.” Read this guest commentary in CalMatters.org from Tom Gardali, CEO, Audubon Canyon Ranch. 

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Administration Announces Plans for Reforestation, Climate Adaptation

dessert flower

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Plans for Reforestation, Climate Adaptation, including New Resources from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law


On July 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service announced a nationwide strategy that will address a reforestation backlog of four million acres on national forests and plant more than one billion trees over the next decade.  According to USFS Chief Randy Moore, the reforestation strategy  will serve as a framework to understand reforestation needs, develop shared priorities with partners, expand reforestation and nursery capacity, and ensure the trees planted grow to support healthy, resilient forests. In addition to the reforestation strategy, Secretary Vilsack announced 13 new USDA agency climate adaptation plans, which outline how each USDA agency will incorporate climate change into their operations and decisions to support communities, agriculture and forests nationwide.

Read the Press Release

RESOURCES


US Forestry Service: Confronting the Wildfire Crisis

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USDA Action Plan for Climate Adaptation and Resilience

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OPR Releases Wildfire Technical Advisory and WUI Planning Guide

Aerial view of residential modern subdivision

OPR Releases new resources:  Fire Hazard Planning Technical Advisory and WUI Planning Guide


In an important step forward on two key requirements in the Task Force Action plan, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) today published new resources to support local agencies and communities as they plan for wildfire at the community scale. 

The first is OPR’s updated Fire Hazard Planning Technical Advisory (TA) which helps cities and counties address and reduce wildfire risk in their general plans. They also released the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Planning Guide. This publication complements the TA by providing specific examples and best practice case studies to communities to reference as they plan and implement wildfire solutions.

OPR is an important Task Force partner, and these valuable publications will contribute to the Task Force’s goal of strengthening the protection of communities across California

To learn more, read the OPR announcement and sign up for an informational webinar on September 14th, 2022.

Read the Report

RESOURCES


OPR Wildfire Planning Resources

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Informational Webinar: OPR’s Wildfire Guidance & Resources

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Forest Sector Workforce In The News

Cal Fire fire fighters fighting wild fires

Forest Sector Workforce In The News


Local Community Colleges are offering opportunities to grow and strengthen California’s Forest Sector Workforce.

Shasta College — received 3.3M for expansion of Forest Health Programs

Feather River College — is now offering employees an annual $1,000 incentive to any employee that holds a Wildland Firefighter Certification

The Tahoe Fund — is awarding a scholarship to every student in Lake Tahoe Community College’s new Forestry Program

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August 9th, 2022: Shasta College

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Plumas News, August 10, 2022: Feather River College offers employees incentive

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August 9th, 2022: The Tahoe Fund

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