News & Announcements
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YBBC will be hosting a BURN PLANNING event with Erin Banwell and Miller Bailey, of The Watershed Research & Training Center on April 2 and 3rd! This all-day, hands-on workshop is an amazing opportunity to learn from two experienced burn planners who are also great teachers. We will walk a landowner’s forested burn units and develop a written burn plan together (suitable for submission to CAL FIRE). Learn how to define “burn objectives,” pick a useful burn “prescription”, and know the right amount of “resources” (humans and equipment) you’ll need for a safe burn and mop-up. Bring lunch, water, and a way to take notes! Capped at 30 participants. Register here.
The Yuba Bear Burn Cooperative (YBBC) Spring 2022 Prescribed Fire Virtual Speaker Series has been announced. There are speakers lines up from February through May. Register for each session in advance and for questions reach out to the YBBC Coordinator Cordi Craig.
The County of Nevada is contracting with the Fire Safe Council to offer free storm-related green waste disposal to Nevada County residents for three extended weekends this spring. The disposal program is designed to help homeowners address the storm debris, like tree trunks and branches, on their properties in advance of fire season. The community green waste drop off events will be available from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at 12625 Brunswick Rd, Grass Valley on the following days: March 11th, 12th & 13th; March 25th, 26th & 27th; and April 8th, 9th & 10th. Please visit the Nevada County website for the full story.
Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A New Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests is a 10-year strategy released by the US Forest Service. More details about the strategy can be found on the Confronting the Wildfire Crisis website.
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 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.
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