Forest Health Events Calendar

News & Announcements

The Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative – Nevada County’s local prescribed burn association – is hosting a public educational meeting about prescribed fire on private lands on Wednesday March 24th from 5:30-7:00 PM virtually over Zoom. The meeting is intended for landowners and other community members who are interested in learning about using prescribed fire as a tool for fuel reduction and forest restoration.

The meeting is free for members of the public. Participants can register online to receive the Zoom meeting link. For more information about the 3/24 meeting and the YBBC, contact Jamie Ervin at
jamie@sierraforestlegacy.org

The California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Conservation are conducting a Local and Regional Forest Management Priorities Survey to help build upon recent State actions on forest management and wildfire, including the proposed $1 billion in funding for forest management and wildfire preparedness and the release of the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan.  The survey is 16 questions. For organizations with a good understanding of their current operations, management priorities, and future goals, the survey should take about 25 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Friday, March 19, 2021.  Click Here To Participate.

The Yuba Forest Network is facilitating a new Geospatial Analysis subgroup. This subgroup came out of the need for making complex forest health data and technologies more accessible and usable. The group plans to discuss technologies and datasets our organizations are currently using, how we can assist one another in skill development, and potentially reach out to larger state entities to improve access to the most vital information. Contact Andrew Salmon for more information: andrew@yubariver.org 

Jones Fire Burn Severity Sierra Streams Institute was recently approved for funding from the Wildlife Conservation Board to work with the Jones Bar FireWise Community to look at the effects of fuels treatments on burn severity in the Jones Fire; still looking for partners on this work. Contact Jeff Lauder (Sierra Streams Institute): Jeff@sierrastreamsinstitute.org

American Rivers Annual Campaign: Most Endangered Rivers – highlighting rivers of the Sierra Nevada for fire risk. Learn more here: https://endangeredrivers.americanrivers.org/

Background

Beginning in late 2019, the Yuba River watershed became home to two Forest Health Watershed Coordinators, hosted by SYRCL and the Camptonville Community Partnership, supporting multiple planning and implementation projects seeking to improve the health of the region’s forests. To tie existing and future projects together into a cohesive strategy, one of their tasks is to build and facilitate a new watershed-wide stakeholder group to promote and implement forest health as well forest product projects throughout the watershed.

Initial conversations with local stakeholders from late 2019 to early 2020 demonstrated an existing energy and capacity for forest health projects but lacking a large-scale cohesive strategy. One particular gap identified is the need for bringing together private landowners around unified projects. The new Yuba Forest Network aims to address this need for increased collaboration by connecting stakeholders, projects, and resources in order to accelerate the pace and scale of forest health projects across the region.

Preliminary Goals

In order to efficiently support and develop current and future cross-boundary forest health projects, the Yuba Forest Network is envisioned as a central networking hub to connect resources and practitioners across the watershed. The preliminary set of goals envisioned for the group includes:

  • Develop a platform for sharing resources on permitting, contractors, project development, expertise, and monitoring protocol
  • Host a calendar of forest health related events across the watershed
  • Create a broadly accessible forest health stakeholder project map
  • Support existing institutions to promote cross boundary collaboration
  • Increase regional identity around Yuba Forests

Contact

Allison Thomson
Forest Health                 Watershed Coordinator
(530) 265-5961 ext. 231