September 27, 2022

The regional meeting of the Governor’s Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force brought together a wide range of experts and agency partners for updates and in-depth panel discussions on the State’s progress on wildfire and forest resilience.

If you couldn’t make it in person, or missed the real-time webinar, here’s your chance to hear directly from those involved in the comprehensive, coordinated efforts to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and create safe communities while ensuring healthier, more sustainable natural environments.

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Tribal Blessing & Opening Remarks

• Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe

• Wade Crowfoot, CNRA

• Jennifer Eberlien, USFS

• Task Force Executive Committee

Director’s Report

• Patrick Wright, Task Force Executive Director

Forest Resilience in the Sierra Nevada

• Recent & Planned Treatments
• Interagency Collaboration
• Regional Resource Kits
• Landscape Level Planning Tool

Learn how the Task Force’s interagency science team has developed a comprehensive set of metrics and a Regional Resource Kit to help forest collaboratives measure and map wildfire resilience, biodiversity, carbon storage, watershed health, and other key priorities.

• Moderator: John Battles, UCB
• Alan Talhelm, CARB
• Tadashi Moody, CAL FIRE-FRAP
• Pat Manley, USFS-PSW
• Michele Turner & Mojia Shen,

From Data to Decision-Making: Regional Planning & Priority Setting

• North Yuba Partnership
• Social & Ecological Resilience Across the Landscape (SERAL)
• Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative

Forest Service leaders and their partners discuss how they are leading the way in using new remote sensing and data visualization tools to plan and prioritize projects with their partners and communities.

• Moderator: Forest Schafer, Tahoe Conservancy
• Eli Ilano, USFS
• Willie Whittlesey, Yuba Water Agency
• Jason Kuiken, USFS
• Patrick Koepele, Tuolumne River Trust
• Jeff Marsolais, USFS
• Angel Hertslet, The Nature Conservancy

Resources for Resilience: Funding Landscape-Scale Conservation

Learn how the Task Force and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy are seeking to align funding to high priority landscapes. Moderator: Forest Schafer, Tahoe Conservancy.

• Moderator: Melinda Booth, SYRCL
• Jonathan Kusel, Sierra Institute
• Sherry Hazelhurst, USFS
• Angela Avery, SNC
• Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council

Outdoor Recreation, Wildfire, and Economic Resilience: Draft Sustainable Recreation Strategy

State, federal, local, and tribal leaders of CALREC Vision explain how their draft plan promotes equitable, accessible, and climate and fire-resilient outdoor recreation facilities throughout the state.

• Greg Williams, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
• John Wentworth, CALREC Vison
• Jim Bacon, USFS
• Katherine Toy, CNRA

Final Remarks

• Task Force Co-Chairs