Forest Health Events Calendar

News & Announcements

Have a request for agenda items for the next YFN Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting? Take this poll to provide comments directly to the YFN coordinator. 

The Notice of Intent (NOI) for the North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project Environmental Impact Statement – a 275,000 acre forest restoration project planned by the North Yuba Forest Partnership – was released on September 16, 2021. This marks the beginning of the 30-day public comment period. There are 2 public meetings scheduled for Wed. 9/22 at 6:30 pm and Thurs. 9/30 at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend in person at the Downieville Community Hall or via Zoom or by calling-in. Learn more about the project and find all details by visiting https://www.yubaforest.org/ 

The Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative (YBBC) is now accepting applications for prescribed fire burn plans for properties in the Yuba and Bear River watersheds. Through YBBC’s California Fire Safe Council grant, they are able to provide $1,200 stipends to support 12 projects. Burn plans are written documents that outline a prescription for a prescribed fire including the weather conditions under which the burn will be conducted, number of personnel and duties of each, and the type, amount and placement of equipment needed to safely conduct the burn. The YBBC Steering Committee will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and will begin reviewing after August 15th 2021. Successful applicants will be reimbursed up to $1,200 upon completion of the burn plan. Apply here.

The North State Planning and Development Collective has created a statewide forest sector workforce development survey. Through their forest sector workforce study, the goal is to gauge the current workforce landscape for the forest management sector and understand what training and skills gaps are most critical. Outcomes of this study will be a regional assessment of workforce, education and training gaps so areas with the greatest need can be identified. The information gathered will be provided to the Statewide Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Task Force so that they can make informed decisions about where to direct funding and workforce development efforts – to ultimately help the state meet its larger forest management goals. Take the survey here and share widely in your networks!

The Nature Conservancy recently published a report on the insurance benefits associated with ecological forestry and its reduction of catastrophic wildfire risk. TNC partnered with global insurance advisor Willis Towers Watson (WTW) to incorporate our fire behavior modeling into their industry risk model, the first time an industry model has accounted for the benefits of ecological forestry. Because of the insurance benefits of ecological forestry, TNC and WTW have structured a new insurance product, called wildfire resilience insurance. Read more details about this exciting new insurance product in the summary and full report

Do you know your Evacuation Zone? Evacuation warnings, evacuation orders, emergency alerts, and more issued by authorities will refer to Zone Names rather than specific streets and addresses. Visit community.zonehaven.com, enter your address into the search bar, and learn and write down your Zone Name to be prepared for emergency evacuations.

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

Mary McDonnell
Forest Conservation Coordinator
(530) 265-5961 ext. 216