Regional Resource Kits & Regional Profiles

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 Resource Kits will be revised based on user feedback and updated as new science and technologies are developed.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Region

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Southern California Region

Coming January, 2023

Coastal-InlandRegion

Coming May, 20233

North Coast-InlandRegion

Coming September, 20233


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What do Regional Resource Kits provide?

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

  • Regional Framework For Resilience – A common framework for planning and prioritizing treatment options.
  • Metric Dictionary – A core database of management-relevant metrics that have been vetted by federal, state, and academic scientists.
  • Data Access – Easy public access to explore and download the regional databases
  • ArcGIS Online Maps – Spatially explicit assessments of current conditions for key resources.
  • Planscape – A decision support tool designed for the needs of the regional planners and collaboratives. (Estimated availability March 2023)

 

How Do RRK’s support 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 Roadmap to a Million Acres 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 creates the RRKs?

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

  • USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW), USFS Region 5 Remote Sensing Lab (RSL), 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 RSL 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.
  • CECS: The Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions. 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

More About Regional Profiles


Regional Profiles are developed by the Science Advisory Panel of the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force (WFRTF) to summarize the social context and ecological conditions of community and ecosystem wildfire resilience in each of the state’s four diverse regions.

The profiles are informed by the best available scientific information, as well as the experience and perspectives of diverse stakeholders from the region. Each Regional Profile is a complement to the Regional Resource Kits (RRKs), which were also developed for the WFRTF via an interagency collaboration. Stakeholder input was gathered via an anonymous survey about priority areas of investment for achieving resilience, as well as more focused interviews with regional experts and leaders about key issues, barriers, and opportunities for increasing resilience to wildfire.

The Regional Profiles and RRKs leverage the Pillars of Resilience Framework, which was first developed for the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative through a collaborative process with local stakeholders. The Framework is structured around ten desired outcomes, termed ‘Pillars of Resilience’, that reflect key social and ecological values, and each pillar is characterized by regionally specific metrics intended to help assess current conditions.


Regional Framework Working Group

Applying a regional approach to managing our state’s many forestry and wildland ecosystems and communities by empowering local communities and municipal agencies to set priorities for resilience projects.