August 29, 2023

The Task Force held its quarterly meeting at the California Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento and live on Zoom. Recordings of the sessions are available on the Task Force website. Some of the highlights include:

  • Interagency Treatment Dashboard: The Task Force formally announced the beta release of the Interagency Treatment Dashboard. CAL FIRE’s Alan Talhelm demonstrated how the highly interactive online tool will allow users to sort treatments by region, county, land ownership, and more.
  • Agency Spotlight – Bureau of Land Management: Karen Mouritsen from the BLM provided updates on a new Statewide Wildland-Urban Interface Fuels Treatments Programmatic EA which accelerates fuels treatments on 930,000 acres of public lands as well as a new Good Neighbor Authority Agreement with CAL FIRE which makes it easier to work across land jurisdictions.
  • Regional Frameworks Panel: Forest Schafer from the Task Force moderated a panel of regional leaders discussing how they are organizing regionally to support both capacity building and large-scale implementation.
  • Regional Investment Highlights: A panel of regional funders offered overviews of how they are aligning investments on the ground.
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Welcome & Executive Remarks

Acting Co-chairs

  • Joe Tyler, Director, CAL FIRE
  • Sherry Hazelhurst, Director of State & Private Forestry, USFS Region 5

Task Force Executive Committee

  • Katy Landau, CalEPA
  • Richard Barhydt, Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • Don Hankins, Indigenous Stewardship Network
  • Sam Assefa, OPR
  • Doug Teeter, RCRC

Director’s Report

Patrick Wright, Director, Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force

Interagency Treatment Dashboard

Alan Talhelm, Assistant Deputy Director, Climate & Energy, CAL FIRE

Agency Spotlight: Bureau of Land Management

Karen Mouritsen, California State Director, Bureau of Land Management

Regional Frameworks Panel

Moderator: Forest Schafer, Task Force

• Angela Avery, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

• Karen Gaffney, North Coast Resource Partnership

• Mary Small, State Coastal Conservancy 

• Michael O’Connell, Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Regional Investment Highlights

  • Jonathan Birdsong, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation 
  • Kate Dargan & Marion Whitman, Moore Foundation
  • Jacy Hyde, CA Fire Safe Council

Closing Remarks

Task Force Executive Committee