Forest Health Events Calendar

News & Announcements

·         The Yuba-Bear Burn Cooperative was recently awarded a federal State Fire Assistance grant through the California Fire Safe Council for prescribed fire education. We were one of just 10 proposals to receive funding statewide, so this is a great honor. Funds from this grant will go towards purchasing a community prescribed fire supply trailer, having a burn boss write burn plans for 12 landowners, funding coordination activities for our group, and hosting educational prescribed fire training events. Thanks very much to the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County for their help in making this proposal a success. Contact Jamie Ervin to join the YBBC: jamie@sierraforestlegacy.org

Fuels MOU Database – There is a large mapping effort happening with private industry, USFS, State Parks, National Parks, NFWF, CalTrans, Dept of Fish and Wildlife and more. Partners are putting a map together of fuel reduction projects across the state. Not yet available to the public but will be soon – Eric Sweet (Sierra Pacific Industries) will keep us updated. 

Cal-TREX Yuba – Steve Graydon, local prescribed fire consultant, has attained permission from The Nature Conservancy for a prescribed fire training/exchange. He is coordinating an event in the spring/April at ‘Inimim Forest; space for 15 participants from the local community.

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