USFS Will Resume its Prescribed Fire Program

USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore Announces Actions the USFS Will Take to Resume its Prescribed Fire Program


Update on USFS’ Prescribed Fire Pause. In a statement announced on September 8, USFS Chief Randy Moore has decided – based on a thorough review, findings, and recommendations provided by its National Review Team – to conditionally resume the USFS’s prescribed fire program nationwide. The conditions include a requirement that all USFS units immediately follow all seven tactical recommendations identified in the National Prescribed Fire Program Review. These actions will ensure prescribed fire plans are up to date with the most recent science, that key factors and conditions are closely evaluated the day of a prescribed burn, and that decisionmakers are engaged in those burns in real time to determine whether a prescribed burn should be implemented.

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Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

2022 Program Review

U.S. Forest Service Announcement

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Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act Affecting Health, Climate and the Economy

Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act Affecting Health, Climate and the Economy


Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act Affecting Health, Climate and the Economy. On August 16, President Biden signed a landmark climate change and health care bill into law. The Act includes the most substantial federal investment in history to fight climate change — some $375 billion over the decade, and significant investments in wildfire and forest resilience including:

Wildfire Resilience and Ecosystem Restoration

  • $1.8 billion for hazardous fuels reduction projects on National Forest System land within the wildland-urban interface.
  • $200 million for vegetation management projects on National Forest System land.
  • $250 million for conservation, ecosystem, and habitat restoration projects on National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Climate-Smart Forestry for Non-Federal Forest Landowners

  • $450 million for grants to support climate mitigation, forest resilience, and carbon sequestration and storage practices.

Urban and Community Forests

  • $1.5 billion for competitive grants to cities, tribal nations, nonprofits, and other eligible entities.

Forest Conservation

  • $700 million for competitive grants through the Forest Legacy Program.

Forest Products and Innovation

  • $100 million for grants under the Wood Innovation Grant Program.

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Sierra Nevada Regional Meeting

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Please join us for a Meeting of the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force


The next meeting of the Task Force will be held in person in Grass Valley, with a webinar option for remote attendance. We look forward to connecting, committing to action and collaborating on real solutions to the daunting challenges facing our communities, forests and ecosystems. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Meeting Agenda

September 27th 

8:30 AM: Resource Fair & Registration

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Task Force Meeting (Agenda to Follow)

12:00 PM: Lunch – Gourmet Lunch Options Available at $16 per Person

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Local Beer & Wine Reception

8:00 PM: FREE Movie Screening by Wild & Scenic Film Festival 

September 28th 

Field Tours


SIERRA REGIONAL MEETING FIELD TOURS

September 28

Registration Required

 

**Online registration will close at noon on Monday**


On the day after the Task Force Regional Meeting in Grass Valley, join a range of Task Force partners in field tours throughout the area. You’ll get up-close, real-time, boots-on-the-ground details and demonstrations related to the critical work of the California Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force. See the schedule below and choose the field tours that interest you most. Then click here to register > Register Now. Online Tour Registration closes Monday at noon. You will still be able to register in person at the meeting on Tuesday for tours with availability. 

ALL TOURS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION DEPENDING ON FIRE CONDITIONS.

Tours start between 8:00 and 10:00 am.

Tour hosts will contact you with specific tour times and any additional information you may need.

tour #1


Tour:

Linking Water Supply Protection with Workforce Development and Community Bioenergy

HOST:

Yuba Water Agency and Camptonville Community Partnership

Description:

This tour will highlight the connections between efforts to protect New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir and its watershed, investments in workforce development programs to accomplish that work, and community-driven development of bioenergy facilities.

details:

Location: New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir – Emerald Cover Marine, Cottage Creek parking area
Tour Duration: 2 hrs
Distance from Grass Valley: 45 mins
Accessibility Notes: Walking and standing on flat terrain, sometimes in full sun. Participants may bring their own folding chairs. Passenger vehicles ok.

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tour #2


Tour:

Upper Watershed Protection with the North Yuba Forest Partnership

HOST:

South Yuba River Citizens League and Tahoe National Forest

Description:

Join a field outing with members of the North Yuba Forest Partnership to current and future forest health treatment sites on the Yuba River Ranger District, highlighting the landscape features, management needs, and treatment approaches of the North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project. Tour stops include Goodyear’s Bar and Downieville.

details:

Location: Downieville
Tour Duration: 4-5 hrs
Distance from Grass Valley: 1 hour
Accessibility Notes: The group will be visiting two sites along the HWY 49 Corridor: Goodyear’s Bar (pulloff area off of 49) and the Downieville USFS Work Station. Sites will be close to the road with minimal walking required. Roads will be paved.

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tour #3


Tour:

Protecting the Wildland-Urban Interface and Egress Routes with the Western Nevada Community Defense Project

HOST:

Tahoe National Forest

Description:

Visit the Western Nevada Community Defense project to observe recently completed pile burn units in the wildland-urban interface of Cascade Shores Homes and along a primary escape route for local residents.

details:

Location: Greenhorn Road, Nevada City
Tour Duration: 1 hour
Distance from Grass Valley: 45 mins
Accessibility Notes: Paricipants will be standing in partial sun. Dirt road, all wheel drive recommended.

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tour #4


Tour:

Headwaters Meadow Restoration at Van Norden Meadow

HOST:

Tahoe National Forest and South Yuba River Citizens League

Description:

During this tour, participants will learn about meadows, meadow restoration, and view active stream channel restoration, encroaching tree mastication, and bridge construction across the 485-acre Van Norden Meadow at the headwaters of the South Yuba River.

details:

Location: Van Norden Meadow, Soda Springs
Tour Duration: 2 hours
Distance from Grass Valley: 1 hour
Accessibility Notes: 2-3 miles of mostly flat on-trail walking at 7000 ft of elevation. Dirt road accessible to passenger vehicles.

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tour #5


Tour:

Working Forest Conservation and Restoration: Improving Forest Health on the Deer Creek Park Forest Reserve Conservation Easement

HOST:

Bear Yuba Land Trust

Description:

This tour will consist of a walk through Bear Yuba Land Trust's 330-acre Deer Creek Park working forest conservation easement to view forest biomass harvesting, and mastication work treated under CFIP and SNC funds. We will discuss equipment, previous forest conditions, and the realities of using prescribed fire in the WUI on private property.

details:

Location: Deer Creek Forest Conservation Easement, Red Dog Road, Nevada City
Tour Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance from Grass Valley: 15 minutes
Accessibility Notes: Some steep slopes and uneven terrain. About 1.5 miles of hiking

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tour #6


Tour:

Reducing Wildfire Risk at Scotts Flat to Protect Water Supplies, Hydropower Resources, Communities, and Recreation Assets

HOST:

Nevada Irrigation District

Description:

This tour will demonstrate different treatment methods and strategies that were implemented to reduce wildfire risk adjacent to the Scotts Flat Reservoir Dam and associated campground. Treatment methods included hand-crews with chippers, lop and scatter, and mastication.

details:

Location: Scotts Flat Campground Day Use Area
Tour Duration: 3 hrs
Distance from Grass Valley: 20 mins
Accessibility Notes: Participants will walk on a single track trail on level terrain.

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tour #7


Tour:

'Inimim Forest Restoration Project: Experimenting with Different Treatment Types and Linking Recreation Planning and Wildfire Resilience

HOST:

Yuba Watershed Institute

Description:

The tour will visit the 'Inimim Forest Restoration Project, which has treated 550 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands on the San Juan Ridge since 2018. We will be discussing wildfire resilience and recreation planning, the pros and cons of different treatment methods for different scenarios with Representatives from Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.

details:

Location: North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Nevada City
Tour Duration: 3 hrs
Distance from Grass Valley: 30 mins
Accessibility Notes:

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tour #8


Tour:

Reforestation in a Burning Landscape: Multi-Age Forestry Fall Field Tour 2022

HOST:

UC Cooperative Extension & private, government, & non-profit partners

Description:

How do we promote multi-age forests after high severity wildfire? Visit eight different wildfires (including re-burns) and post-fire responses across private industrial forests, public lands, and non-industrial private forests. Explore the theory and practice of reforestation and plantation management in a century framed by drought and active fire.

details:

**This is a 2-day field tour. First day will start at 9am in Taylorsville and include a 7-hour loop of the private industrial lands and the Plumas NF. The second day field tour will start at 8:30 am in Quincy and include a 4-hour tour of Emergency Forest Restoration Team (EFoRT) work on non-industrial private forestlands.
Location: To be shared after registration
Tour Duration: Day 1 (9.28): 7 hrs, start time is 9AM
Day 2 (9.29): 4 hours start time is 8:30AM

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is hosted by an affiliated organization with its own registration and cost.
Please register by 9/16. Cost: $40, includes dinner, field trip refreshments, light breakfast.

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tour #9


Tour:

Wildfire Risk Reduction on Private Lands - Fire Safe Council and Prescribed Burn Association in Action

HOST:

Ron Gray (Property Owner), Nevada County Fire Safe Council, and Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative

Description:

Tour a private property where fuel reduction and prescribed fire preparation work has been completed in partnership with the Nevada County Fire Safe Council and the Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative. The property acts as a buffer between the Yuba River and the 400 residential properties in the Blue Tent community north of Nevada City.

details:

Tour starts at 9 AM. 

Location: Edward’s Crossing, Nevada City
Tour Duration: 2 hours
Distance from Grass Valley: 20 mins
Accessibility Notes: Walking on mostly flat trails. Low clearance vehicles ok.

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tour #10


Tour:

FOREST⇌FIRE Art Exhibit Tour

HOST:

Llewellyn Studio

Description:

The FOREST⇌FIRE Project invites the people of the Truckee Tahoe region into the captivating story of the Sierra Nevada Forest’s 13,000-year relationship with fire and the surprising and essential role humans play within it, affecting forest, watershed, and our own well-being, from the past into the future. Join the exhibit creators for a narrated tour of the art exhibits.

details:

Location: Truckee Community Recreation Center, Truckee
Tour Duration: 1-2 hours
Distance from Grass Valley: 1 hour, 15 mins
Accessibility Notes: Indoors, ADA accessible

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tour #11


Tour:

Forest Restoration and Forest Research at Sagehen Experimental Forest

HOST:

USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, Sagehen Experimental Forest (U.C. Berkeley Field Station)

Description:

Tour the Sagehen Forest Restoration Project, a research-management partnership to implement and study one of the first large-scale, watershed-wide treatments designed to increase forest heterogeneity while reducing the risk of destructive wildfire. PLEASE NOTE: This tour may be subject to change or cancellation depending on fire conditions.

details:

Location: Sagehen Creek Field Station and Experimental Forest, north of Truckee
Tour Duration: 3 hrs
Distance from Grass Valley: 1.5 hours
Accessibility Notes: Mostly driving, some light hiking.

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Participating Hotels


210 N.Auburn St

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(530) 272-7696

Task Force Group Room Rate $126 (good till 9.3.22)

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121 Bank Street

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For Reservations, call: (530) 477-1700

Task Force Group Room Rate: $90/$126 (good till 9.8.22)

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212 W. Main Street

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(530) 460-4078

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Task Force Group Discount Code: HARO092722

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burning residential neighborhood

Cal OES Awards $25 Million to Local Organizations to Protect Vulnerable Communities

burning residential neighborhood

Cal OES Awards $25 Million to Local Organizations to Protect Vulnerable Communities from Disasters


 In this second wave of funding, the California Department of Emergency Services awarded grants to 93 community partners to ensure the state’s most vulnerable are ready when disaster strikes. These grants prioritize communities that are considered both socially vulnerable and at a high risk of being impacted by wildfire, flood, earthquake, drought or heatwave.

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CAL FIRE conducts advanced live fire training in Williams, California.

CAL FIRE Exceeds Goal of 100,000 Acres Treated Ahead of Schedule

CAL FIRE conducts advanced live fire training in Williams, California.

CAL FIRE Exceeds Goal of 100,000 Acres Treated Ahead of Schedule


Transition to peak staffing for upcoming fire season also complete.

June 21, 2022 – CAL FIRE is making significant progress in their important contributions to California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan. Today they announced two significant accomplishments, starting with the news that they have already surpassed one of the plan’s Key Action items – to treat 100,000 acres by 2025.

According to current estimates, CAL FIRE has achieved 110,925 acres treated by using all fuels reduction methods, including prescribed fire. The work includes more than 600 fuel reduction projects.

Along with achieving this important milestone, in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season, CAL FIRE has also completed the transition to peak staffing across California. Peak staffing ensures all CAL FIRE stations are open and staffed 24 hours per day; response capabilities are enhanced; all aircraft are prepositioned and staffed; and crews are staffed, trained, and working.

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Governor’s Office Press Release

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CA Celebrates Launch of Tribal Conservation Corps Program

CA Celebrates Launch of Tribal Conservation Corps Program


Governor Newsom’s proposed 2022-’23 state budget includes $7.2 million in funding for the California Conservation Corps to establish more tribal conservation corps like the one being launched today.

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Department of Conservation Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program

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Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

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Advancing Equitable Wildfire Workforce Development

Advancing Equitable Wildfire Workforce Development


April 14, 2022 – The Watershed Research and Training Center advances equity in the wildfire workforce through a pilot training with a local conservation corps, Conservation Corps of North Bay. Developing wildfire and climate resilience through support of a diverse workforce.

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How We Fight Wildfires: Preparing for Wildfires

How We Fight Wildfires: Preparing for Wildfires


March 21, 2022 – Wildfires continue to pose a significant threat in California. Brian Rhodes, who helps manage the Forest Service response, emphasizes that communities and homeowners need to be prepared.