CAL FIRE Announces New Vision for The Jackson Demonstration State Forest

CAL FIRE Announces New Vision for The Jackson Demonstration State Forest


Based on discussions with tribal governments and key stakeholders, the new vision will inform an update to the Jackson Management Plan with a renewed focus on climate science, restoration ecology and a new model for tribal co-management. CAL FIRE also announced that timber harvest will resume with a focus on small trees, removing slash piles, permanently protecting large trees, and enhancing protection of culturally sensitive sites.

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Jackson Demonstration State Forest

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California Demonstration State Forest System Adds 2,500 Acres to Statewide Total For Research, Restoration and Conservation

California Demonstration State Forest System Adds 2,500 Acres to Statewide Total For Research, Restoration and Conservation


CAL FIRE acquired two properties through donation from PG&E including  2,246 acres along South Cow Creek in Shasta County and 267 acres in the headwaters of the Bear River in Nevada and Placer counties. These properties increase the diversity of forest types under CAL FIRE’s stewardship and create new opportunities for research and demonstration of sustainable forestry techniques. CAL FIRE will work collaboratively and closely with the Shasta Land Trust and Bear Yuba Land Trust who hold the conservation easements on these properties to ensure that the scenic, open space, forest, wildlife habitat, recreation, and historic and cultural values are protected forever. The properties will be stewarded for these multiple uses under a Forest Management Plan to be approved by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The acquisitions bring the total acreage of California’s demonstration state forest system to over 84,000 acres statewide.

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Demonstration State Forests

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Shasta Land Trust

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Bear Yuba Land Trust

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Wildfire-Safety Work Completed in South Fork Mokelumne Watershed

Wildfire-Safety Work Completed in South Fork Mokelumne Watershed


One year after the 2015 Butte Fire destroyed nearly 500 residences nearby, CAL FIRE identified the South Fork Mokelumne River watershed as a top priority for fuels reduction in order to protect communities from future wildfires. With the recent completion of the South Fork Mokelumne River Watershed Restoration Project Phase 3, many of those wildfire worries have, fortunately, been doused.

Funded by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) in 2019, Phase 3 removed small-diameter trees and ladder fuels on 285 acres of dense, pine-plantation forests managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), completing the project’s goal of restoring roughly 500 acres of forest. Considering the project area borders many neighborhoods and is surrounded by nearby towns, such as Glencoe, Sandy Gulch, Rail Road Flat, and Wilseyville, this strategic work should greatly reduce the threat of wildfire for thousands of Calaveras County residents.

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Building Resilience in the Sierra Nevada

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Fostering Forest Stewardships Triple Bottom Line

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Post Fire Restoration Symposium

Post Fire Restoration Symposium


This virtual symposium focused on how monitoring and research in the southern Sierra Nevada can support post fire restoration planning and help to inform adaptive management. Topics included treatment effects on wildlife, variable density treatments in plantations, hardwood management, aquatics and meadow restoration. Panel discussions provided the opportunity for collaboration on the implications of the work and how to apply this knowledge to future post fire management. The virtual symposium was held and recorded on July 14, 2022.

Presented by: USDA Forest Service Ecology Program, ACCG, SOFAR, and hosted by the California Fire Science Consortium

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Symposium Recording

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Sequoia National Forest Restoring Rough Fire Area With Partners

Sequoia National Forest Restoring Rough Fire Area With Partners


Contractors have begun implementing about 1,340 acres of an approximately 4,900-acre restoration project in the footprint of the 2015 Rough Fire affecting the Kings River drainage in Hume Lake Ranger District. The project is a partnership with the Great Basin Institute and American Forests, with funding from CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program.

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Drill down into more details from the USFS on the Rough Plantation Restoration and Maintenance Project

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U.S. Forest Service makes progress on 795 acres of fuels reduction on the Mendocino National Forest

U.S. Forest Service makes progress on 795 acres of fuels reduction on the Mendocino National Forest


U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land managers are making progress on 445 acres of fuels reduction on the Grindstone Ranger District and about 350 acres on the Upper Lake Ranger District.

Fuels reduction projects like these are examples of the kind of work and partnerships that the Mendocino National Forest will be building on to meet the USFS ambitious plan to treat millions of acres over the next 10 years.

The goal of fuels treatments is to reduce fuel loadings. When fuel loads are low, wildfire burns at a lower intensity. In the event of a wildfire, areas treated for fuels give firefighters a safer place to build lines to contain a wildfire.  

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Preparing to Apply for Community Wildfire Defense Grants

Preparing to Apply for Community Wildfire Defense Grants


The Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan calls for increasing assistance programs and partnerships to help local communities reduce risk, improve preparedness and foster resilience.

The Fire Adapted Communities Network and Headwaters Economics have created a primer designed to help communities navigate the U.S. Forest Service’s recently launched a Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) Program.

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California Fire Safe Council: Community Wildfire Protection Plans

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USFS Wildfire Defense Grants

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Cal Fire fire fighters fighting wild fires

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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