Forest Health Events Calendar

News & Announcements

The California Air Resources Board has launched the California Smoke Spotter app. The app displays information on prescribed fires, projected smoke impacts, air quality, and educational material on an interactive map. The app aims to be the “one-stop shop for prescribed fire, smoke and health information”. This is a free app, available for download on the App Store or on Google Play. Read the press release here.

The Wildfire Emergency Act is a bill introduced last week by Senators Feinstein and Padilla of CA, Wyden of OR, and Congressman Panetta, with a goal of “reducing catastrophic wildfire in the West.” Title I of the bill authorizes $250 million to fund large-scale (100,000 acres or more) forest restoration projects through a new US Forest Service program. The bill also focuses on protecting critical infrastructure, expanding energy flexibility,  establishing Prescribed Fire Centers, and much more. Learn more here. 

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.

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

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