Thursday, June 19, 2014

Paskenta FireScape Tour and Workshop Report

Field Review of Private Land Fuel Reduction Project

To date, FireScape Mendocino has hosted three two-day Workshops with a half day field trip, both of which were facilitated by the Fire Learning Network (FLN). The third Workshop was held Tuesday, June 10th and Wednesday, June 11th at the Community Hall in Paskenta, CA. Thirty people from 15 organizations participated (see list below).  

Guided by the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, the attendees focused on developing a Situation Diagram based on the group’s shared values and targets.  The meeting also included a field trip to review various forest health related fuel reduction treatments on both private and federal forest land. Rick Mowery, Fire Ecologist for the Mendocino National Forest, discussed fire regimes and management treatments with workshop participants at stops along the private and federal land interface and at an historic meadow on the Forest. Local land owner and fuel reduction expert, Bill Burroughs, presented the group with a case study about the use of goat grazing for fuel removal.  Mechanical treatments were also included in his presentation.

FS Staff Explains Fire History near Private/Federal Land Interface

FireScape Mendocino is a collaboration designed to enable people with diverse perspectives to find zones of agreement where we can achieve tangible results in our communities and the surrounding landscape. The collaboration is facilitated by the Fire Learning Network, which is a cooperative program of the Forest Service, Department of the Interior agencies—Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service—and The Nature Conservancy.

2008 Shaded Fuel Break on Forest Service Land

The partnership has a twelve-year track record of helping to restore our nation’s forests and grasslands and to make communities safer from fire. All Workshops are open to anyone interested in participating.

*For more information on FireScape Mendocino, please contact Rick Mowery at 530-934-1175 or Don Amador at 925-625-6287

Paskenta Workshop participants; Tehama County Resource Conservation District,  CAL Fire, California State Parks OHM Recreation Division, California Wilderness Coalition, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Coordinator of Resource Management Plan, Congress Representative of Doug LaMalfa, Crane Mills, Sierra Pacific, West Ecosystems Analysis, Tuleyome, Yolo Audubon Society, Blue Ribbon Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service; Mendocino National Forest.