Communications

Communications

The Communications Work Group is providing expertise and advisement to the Task Force leadership, contractors, and work groups on communications, reporting, and outreach. The Work Group is acting as an inter-agency/organizational hub to promote, share, and coordinate messaging and opportunities between Task Force partners.


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Grants


GRANT RESOURCES:
Learn about grants available from Task Force partners.

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Press


PRESS:
View press releases from the Task Force and partner agencies.

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Tools


COMMUNICATIONS KIT:
Help spread the word about Task Force progress.

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Work Group: Communications


Partnering Organizations


Bureau of Land Management, Ginessa Stark
CA Resource Conservation District, Sophia Lemmo
CA Association of RCDs, Taylor Stubblefield
CARB, Amy MacPherson
CAL FIRE, Christine McMorrow
CAL FIRE, Michelle DiGuilio
CAL FIRE, Joshua Mott
CA Natural Resources Agency, Tony Anderson
CA Department of Conservation, Jacob Roper
Isaac Silverman, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
U.S. Forest Service PSW Research Station, Hilary Clark
U.S. Forest Service PSW Research Station, Joe Navratil
U.S. Forest Service, D’Artanyan Ratley
U.S. Forest Service Region 5, Trish Mogilski
Watershed Center, Annie Leverich
Climate & Wildfire Institute, Sabrina Goodman
CA Fire Safe Council, Megan Katich
Tahoe Conservancy, Chris Carney
OEIS, Sandy Cooney
State Parks, Jorge Moreno
The Idea Cooperative, Melissa Holberton
The Idea Cooperative, Tom Kavanaugh
The Idea Cooperative, Tyler Young
The Idea Cooperative/TOPO, Alex Roa
The Idea Cooperative/TOPO, Mike Kahn


Work Group leads


Kristen Merrill, CAL FIRE
Sky Biblin, CA Natural Resources Agency


Work Group Facilitator

Sky Biblin, CA Natural Resources Agency

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Monitoring, Reporting & Assessment

Monitoring, Reporting and Assessment

Understanding the dynamics of forest management and forest health outcomes is more important than ever as California aims to increase investment in land management to deliver on broader state goals. The Monitoring, Reporting, and Assessment Work Group develops shared data resources to help track progress towards these goals and to support planning and implementation work on the ground. Further, this Work Group coordinates monitoring activities undertaken by different agencies across the state to better identify stewardship needs, assess effectiveness, and identify information gaps.


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Data Sources


CAL MAPPER:

This application was developed to provide public information about CAL FIRE Fuel Reduction Projects with work within the current and previous fiscal years. This item is the main application, which… data.ca.gov

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Forest Activity Tracking System:

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Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System:

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National Fire Plan Operations and Reporting System:

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Monitoring


USDA Forest Service Broader Scale Monitoring Strategy:

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Products


Interagency Tracking System:

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Wildfire and Landscape Resilience Data Hub:

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Work Group: Monitoring, Reporting and Assessment


Active Members



Work Group leads:


Chris Keithley – CAL FIRE
Maxwell Odkins –
CAL FIRE
Richard Brechbuehl –
CAL FIRE
Carmen Tubbesing –
CARB
Nathaniel Roth –
Department of Conservation
Nic Enstice –
Department of Conservation
Carson Hay –
Department of Conservation
Stephan Lai –
Office of Energy Safety
Loretta Moreno –
California Natural Resources Agency
Sky Biblin –
California Natural Resources Agency
Tawndria Melville –
US Forest Service
Patricia Manley –
US Forest Service
Stephanie Coppeto –
US Forest Service
Melissa Floca
UCSD
Kai Lin –
UCSD
Katie Olaughlin –
UCSD

Alan Talhelm, CAL FIRE
Anny Huang,
CARB
Michael Holybee,
USDA Forest Service 


Work Group Facilitator:


Emily Brodie – CAL FIRE

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Key Actions Assigned:

4.1 – 4.10



Planting sequoia seedilings

Reforestation

Reforestation

Recent catastrophic wildfires have damaged critical wildlife habitat, imperiled fisheries, watersheds, municipal water sources, threatened public safety due to mudslides and impacted rural, tourism-based economies. These events also threaten the long-term productivity of forest soils through erosion and changes in soil properties. The Reforestation Work Group is creating a holistic, comprehensive and coordinated reforestation strategy that reflects Shared Stewardship principles and can meet the needs of both state and federal lands.


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General


Reforestation Services Program

As fires sweep through the state, keeping our forests healthy and wildfire-resilient is more important than ever. Growing enough trees to meet the increasing need is our highest priority—and future seedlings will contribute to the strength and restoration of the state’s forestlands.

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REFORESTATION HUB

There are up to 133 million acres of opportunity in the United States to restore forest cover for climate mitigation.

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Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)

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Tools


Reforestation Toolshed

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Climate Adapted Seed Tool

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Postfire Conifer Reforestation Planning Tool

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Publications


The Reforestation Cycle

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Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States (February 2021)

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Five Wildfire Recovery Strategies for the Sierra Nevada (January 2022)

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An equine lifeline brings hope to a fire-scarred watershed (March 2022)

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California Reforestation Pipeline Partnership

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Reforesting California After Wildfire

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Reforestation Practices for Conifers in California

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A Giant Task: Fixing California’s Reforestation Pipeline

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I Feel the Need, the Need for Seed

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Work Group Products


Reforestation Strategy Workshop

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Work Group: Reforestation


Partnering Organizations



Work Group leads:


USDA Forest Service, PSW Research Station – Christopher Looney
American Forests – Britta Dyer
USDA CA Climate Hub – Aviv Karasov-Olson
CAL FIRE Reforestation Services Program – Jimi Scheid
USDA Forest Service Region 5 Dana Walsh
UC Cooperative Extension, Forestry & Natural Resources Advisor Susie Kocher
Bureau of Land Management, CA State Forester – Weston Miller
CA Association of Resource Conservation Districts – Sophia Lemmo

Stewart McMorrow, CAL FIRE
Rick Hopson, USDA Forest Service
Joe Sherlock, USDA Forest Service


Work Group Facilitator

Shelley Villalobos, American Forests

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Key Actions Assigned:

1.28 – 1.30,  1.33 – 1.34



Regions and Counties in California

Regional Frameworks

Regional Frameworks

A central recommendation of the state’s Forest Carbon Plan and the National Forest Planning Rule is to build and maintain regional approaches to improve the health and resilience of forested landscapes. The benefits of a regional approach include alignment of state and federal goals and mandates at a regional level, facilitating multi-benefit and multi-jurisdictional projects, and empowering local governments and collaboratives to set priorities and integrate forest resilience and sustainable development programs.


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Regional Forest & Fire Capacity Program


Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program

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Publications


February 2021: RFFC Mid-Program Report

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January 2020: Increasing Forest and Fire Management Capacity in California

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Regional Resource Kits


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Work Group: Regional Frameworks


Partnering Organizations



Work Group leads:


CAL FIRE – Shannon Johnson 

Department of Conservation – Brian Newman-Lindsay

U.S. Forest Service – Jerry Bird

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Chris Morrill

Department of Conservation – Nic Enstice

Forest Schafer – CA Natural Resources Agency

Kristen Merrill – CAL FIRE


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Key Actions Assigned:

1.28 – 1.30



Beneficial Fire

Beneficial Fire

While beneficial fire has been used as a vegetation management tool across California for many years, several factors have limited its widespread use including resource availability, liability issues and public acceptance of fire and smoke. Federal, state and local agencies, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations and landowners understand the urgency in overcoming these barriers to increase the use of beneficial fire. These entities come together in the Beneficial Fire Work Group, and are actively collaborating to get more “good” fire on the ground.

Report Cover for Strategic Plan

California's Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire, March 2022

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Guidance


Man starting prescribed fires

The Prescribed Fire Claims Fund

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CAL FIRE graphic

CAL FIRE Prescribed Fire Program

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Burnboss Graphic

Prescribed Fire Burn Boss State Certification Program

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Find Your Local Prescribed Burn Association and learn more about prescribed fire at the California PBA website

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REPORTS


Can Prescribed Fires Mitigate Health Harm? A Review of Air Quality and Public Health Implications of Wildfire and Prescribed Fire (American Lung Association, May 2022)

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Good for the Forest. Good for the Future. Prescribed Fire Storymap (USFS 2021)

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Audio: CAP Radio Interview, May 11, 2020. California’s Strategic Plan for Expanding the use of Beneficial Fire

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TOOLS


Smokespotter app

The California Smoke Spotter app provides a comprehensive overview of the latest information on prescribed fires, projected smoke impacts, current air quality and educational material.

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Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS) shows current ignitions across California.

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VIDEO


Learn about the Strategic Plan For Beneficial Fire from the Work Group team.


Don Hankins of the Indigenous Stewardship Network on the importance of cultural burning.

Work Group: Beneficial Fire


Partnering Organizations



Work Group leads


CAL FIRE – Frank Bigelow; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – Jamie Sammut; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – Mark Rosenberg; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – John McCarthy; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – Christine McMorrow; Key Action Lead
CAL FIRE – John Morgan
CAL FIRE – Chris Keithley
CAL FIRE –
Robin Bellows
CAL FIRE – Ray Gutierrez
CAL FIRE – Jason Butcher
CAL FIRE – Jonathan Fitch
CAL FIRE – Gregg Bratcher
CAL FIRE – Alan Talhelm
CAL FIRE – John Melvin
CAL FIRE – Justin Britton
Fire Restoration Group – Craig Thomas
USDA Forest Service – Stephen Fillmore
CAP COA – Larry Greene
North Coast Air Quality District – Debra Harris
Placerville Air District – Ann Hobbs
Karuk Tribe – Bill Tripp
The Nature Conservancy – Dan Porter
CSU Chico – Don Hankins
UC Agriculture & Natural Resources – Lenya Quinn-Davidson
Tall Timbers – Morgan Varner
The Watershed Center – Nick Goulette
The Nature Conservancy – Angel Hertslet
Placer RCD – Kerri Timmer
U.S. Forest Service – Danelle Harrison
CAP COA – Kalie Bonomo
Tamien Nation – Quirina Geary
Tamien Nation – Rosario Torres
CARB – Amy MacPherson
CARB – Jason Branz
CNRA – Forest Schafer
CNRA – Sky Biblin
North Coast Air Quality District – B. Wilson
TNC – Katie Pofahl
Air Quality – Sadie
CA Association of RCDs – Sierra Riker
Communication Consultant – Ron Gray

 

 

 

 











Len Nielson, CAL FIRE
Lance Noxon, USDA Forest Service


Work Group Facilitator

Hannah Hefner, Watershed Center

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Key Actions Assigned:

1.18 – 1.27, 2.32



State Lands

State Lands

Approximately one-third of the three million acres of state-owned land are at high risk from uncontrolled wildfire. A comprehensive strategy is being applied to expand forest management and improve the health and resilience of forested state lands in order to protect some of our most valuable natural areas such as State Parks, demonstration forests and CDFW-managed wildlife areas. The State Lands Work Group is leading this effort and organizes and prioritizes wildfire resilience projects on state-owned and managed lands. 


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State Parks


California State Parks

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CAL FIRE Demonstration State Forests


Demonstration State Forests

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CA Department of Fish & Wildlife


CDFW Lands

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California Conservancy Lands


California Tahoe Conservancy

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Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

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The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC)

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Work Group: State Lands


Partnering Organizations



Work Group leads


CAL FIRE – Kevin Conway
Caltrans – Lisa Worthington
Tahoe Conservancy – Jane Freeman
Tahoe Conservancy – Erin Ernst
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy – Rorie Skei
State Lands Conservancy – Dominik Schwab
State Lands Conservancy – Katie Robinson-Filipp
Department of Conservation – Keali’i Bright
CA State Parks – Angela Lottes
CA State Parks – Elliott Vanderkolk
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife – Julie Garcia
California Natural Resources Agency – Forest Schafer

Angie Lottes, State Parks
Michelle Selmon, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife


Work Group Facilitator

Sharon Farrell, Stewardship Network

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Key Actions Assigned:

1.17



Workforce Development

Workforce Development

 The Workforce Development Work Group is developing and promoting training and vocational programs and other strategies to expand our forestry-related workforce. 


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CAL FIRE's Wood Products and Bioenergy Program


Business & Workforce Development Grants

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Work Group Products


Forest Sector Workforce Study Report

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Education and Workforce Development Programs


Shasta College Heavy Equipment Logging Operations & Maintenance Certificate

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Lake Tahoe Forestry Education and Job Placement Program

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Central Valley Forestry Corps

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California Resilient Careers in Forestry

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Bakersfield College Forestry & Natural Resources

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College of the Redwoods Forestry & Natural Resources

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Columbia College Forestry & Natural Resources

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Feather River College Forest Health & Fuels Management

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Reedley College Forestry & Natural Resources

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Santa Rosa College Natural Resources

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Shasta College Forestry & Natural Resources

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Shasta College Pest Control Advisor Preparation

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Cal Poly Humboldt Forestry, Fire & Rangeland Management

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Forestry & Natural Resources

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University of California, Berkeley Forestry & Natural Resources

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California Registered Apprenticeship for Forest Training

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California Conservation Corps

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Forestry & Fire Recruitment Program

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Press


 5.27.22: CAL FIRE Invests in Workforce and Business Development

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Forestry Challenge’s 2022 Annual Report

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Shasta College Forest Health 2022-23 Year in Review

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The Nature Conservancy’s Building California’s Forest Resilience Workforce

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Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research serves the California Community College system by providing research and data related to all sectors. THIS LINK takes you to their Advanced Publication Search where a search of keyword Forestry will pull up all LMI reports they have completed for the Ag & Natural Resources and users can then look at what interests them.


Work Group: Workforce Development


Partnering Organizations



Work Group leads


Big Sandy Rancheria – Sue Carter

Sierra Nevada Conservancy – Jonathan Kusel

U.S. Forest Service – Kathy Mick

California Conservation Corps – Aaron Dunson

Forest Products Industry – Tony Jaegel

Tim Robards – CAL FIRE

Becky Roe – Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District

Key Actions Assigned:

1.26 – 3.11



Family hiking

Sustainable & Accessible Recreation

Sustainable & Accessible Recreation

Outdoor recreation plays an essential, multi-benefit role in public health, quality of life, and economic activity in California. The sector is responsible for 691,000 jobs, $92 billion in economic benefits, and vital economic activity in forested communities. Significant new state and federal funding sources will provide opportunities for integrated sustainable recreation and forest health projects. Much of this work will be implemented through partnerships with state, local, and tribal governments, NGOs, and others as part of the Shared Stewardship framework and the Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force.

CALIFORNIA’S JOINT STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE OUTDOOR RECREATION & WILDFIRE RESILIENCE

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Video



General


CALREC Vision: A Joint Strategy for Sustainable Outdoor Recreation in California

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Stay Informed With CALREC Vision

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Publications


The CALREC Vision Project is working to highlight the essential, multi-benefit role that outdoor recreation plays in California

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Agreement for Shared Stewardship of California’s Forest and Rangelands between State of California, USFS – Pacific Southwest Region

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Programs


Confluence of States

The Confluence Accords are a bipartisan organization developing a national platform to grow the outdoor recreation industry, protect our nation’s wild places, and transform conservation into a driver for economic prosperity.

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Work Group: Sustainable & Accessible Recreation


Partnering Organizations



Work Group Leads:


CA State Parks Alexandra Stehl, Planning Chief
Bureau of Land Management Andrew Burrows, Lead Outdoor Recreation Planner
Recreate Responsibly CA Haley Caruso, Co-Lead
CNRA Katherine Toy, Deputy Secretary for Access
USDA Forest Service, Region 5 Katy Parr, Acting Deputy Director of Public Services
LA County Department of Parks & Recreation – Norma Edith Garcia-Gonzalez
CA Landscape Stewardship Network Kevin Wright, Policy & Steering Committee Member
Sierra Nevada Conservancy – Matt Driscoll, Area Representative
NOAA – Paul Michel, Regional Policy Coordinator
National Park Service Ray Murray, Chief of Partnerships

Jim Bacon, Director of Public Services – U.S. Forest Service, Region 5
Angela Avery, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy


Leadership Team

Nancy Parachini, USDA Forest Service, Region 5
Nora Campbell, USDA Forest Service, Region 5
Matt Driscoll, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
John Wentworth, Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access Foundation/CALREC Vision
Danna Stroud, CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Bill Keene, Climate Equity Solutions, Inc.
Austin McInerny, California State University, Sacramento

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Key Actions Assigned:

3.13 – 3.14



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Wood Utilization

Wood Utilization

work group

Government agencies alone cannot hope to adequately reduce fire risk and preserve healthy and sustainable forest lands. State and federal policies must attract private sector investments into a vibrant wood products market that advances the state’s sustainable forest management strategy. Facilitating expanded economic activity in this sector will increase the value of woody biomass and help meet our state’s sustainable forest management goals.


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Joint Institute for
Wood Products Innovation:

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UCANR Woody Biomass
Utilization Group:

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Wood and Biomass
Utilization Program:

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Governor’s Office of Business
and Economic Development:

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CAL FIRE Wood Products
and Bioenergy Program:

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Forest Biomass to Carbon-Negative
Biofuels Pilot Program:

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Wood Utilization Work Group


Participating Organizations


California Energy Commission – Rizaldo Aldas

California Air Resources Board – Anthy Alexiades

California Air Resources Board – Matthew Botill

California Public Utilities Commission – Benny Corona

California Public Utilities Commission – Nick Zanjani

CLERE, Inc. – Christiana Darlington

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension – Cindy Chen

California Infrastructure and Investment Bank – Dan Adler

California Infrastructure and Investment Bank – Taylor Carnevale

The Nature Conservancy – Dan Porter

Sempra Utilities – Edith Moreno

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

California Biomass Energy Alliance – Julie Malinowski-Ball

University of California Office of the President – Glenda Humiston

Southern California Edison

CAL FIRE – Sam Evans

CAL FIRE – John McCarthy

Cal Recycle – Gregory Dick

California Board of Forestry, Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation Katie Harrell

Nevada County – Heidi Hall

SoCalGas – Jared Kiu-Klein

SoCalGas – Jim Lucas

SoCalGas – Kelly Murillo

The Sierra Institute – Jonathan Kusel

Bioenergy Association of California – Julia Levin

GO-Biz – Kaina Pereira

The Watershed Center – Martin Tweer

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research – Michael Maguire

California Department of Housing and Community Development – Carrie Paine

Rural County Representatives of California – Staci Heaton

Sierra Business Council – Steve Frisch

Scott’s Valley Band of Pomo Indians – Thomas Jordan

California Air Pollution Control Officers Association – Tung Le

Blue Forest Conservation – Zach Knight

Green Power Institute Gregg Morris



Work Group Leads:


Elizabeth Betancourt, Department of Conservation
Helena Murray, USDA Forest Service

Key Actions Assigned:

3.5 – 3.12



Overhead photo to Trees and Small Town

Fire-Adapted Communities

Fire-Adapted Communities

The challenges involved in adapting communities to be more fire resilient are remarkably vast and diverse. It’s also inherently local, as no two areas in the state have the exact same set of needs, values, risks, and capacities. By aligning resources, tools and organizations, the California Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force is uniquely structured to address the scope and complexity of resourcing and supporting communities to achieve a more resilient future.

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Community Risk Reduction & Adaptation Planning


WUI Structure/Parcel/Community Fire Hazard Mitigation Methodology (NIST Technical Note 2205)

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The State of California’s Adaptation Planning Guide provides comprehensive guidance for assessing climate vulnerability and adapting to climate change,

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OPR’s Fire Hazard Planning Technical Advisory

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UCANR –  Building to Coexist with Fire: Risk Reduction Measures for New Development

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Wildfire-Prone Home & Neighborhood Protection


CAL FIRE’s Defensible Space Program 

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CalOES/CAL FIRE – California Wildfire Mitigation Program 

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Appendix A in the WUI Structure/Parcel/Community Fire Hazard Mitigation Methodology 

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FIre-Safe Roadways & Utilities


Caltrans – Roadside Fire Fuels Reduction Vegetation Management Program

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CNRA – Office of Energy Infrastructure

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Plan for Smoke Impact


CARB – Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

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CA Smoke Spotter App

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Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide

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Work Group: Fire-Adapted Communities


Partnering Organizations



Work Group lead


University of California Cooperative Extension  Yana Valachovic
CAL FIRE – Tadashi Moody
CA Dept. of Conservation – Nic Entice
Caltrans – Lisa Worthington 
California Air Resources Board – Carmen Tubbesing
Moore Foundation Strategic Advisor
– Kate Dargan
CA Dept. of Housing & Community Development Clay Kerchof
Office of Planning & Research – Michael Maguire
USFS, Pacific SW Region Barbara Geringer-Frazer
CA Forestry Stewardship Council Jacy Hyde
ForEverGreen Forestry Tracy Katelman
CA Wildfire Mitigation Program J. Lopez
CA Dept. of Insurance
Mike Peterson
Butte County Fire Safe Council
Calli-Jane West
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety – Steven Hawks
Energy Safety Susie Rose
California Department of Public Health – Patrice Chamberlain

Frank Bigelow, CAL FIRE


Work Group Facilitator

Michelle Medley-Daniel, FAC Net/WRTC


Special Project Leads

Erik de Kok, Ascent Environmental
Laura Tam, Resources Legacy Fund
Molly Mowery, Community Wildfire Planning Center


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Key Actions Assigned:

2.1 – 2.32