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Community Wildfire Protection Plan Workshop- What’s New and Lesson’s Learned
California-Nevada Offices , May 20, 2009
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by Miriam Morrill, Region 8 Fire Program
A one-day workshop in northern California brought together a diverse and knowledgeable group of fire safe council partners to talk about what’s new and the lesson’s learned in community wildfire protection planning.  Speaker’s came from as far away as Utah, Idaho and even Chile to support the California Fire Alliance workshop. 


Approximately 70 participants attended from various fire safe councils, fire districts, state and Federal agencies throughout the north state.  Presentations focused on new and innovative approaches in community fire planning. A long breakout session allowed participants to meet with topic area experts and exchange ideas.  Many of the local fire safe council groups have presented on similar topics at various state and national venues and are considered subject matter experts in wildfire protection planning. 


A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) enables a community to plan how it will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. The plan identifies strategic sites and methods for fuel reduction projects across the landscape and jurisdictional boundaries. Benefits of having a CWPP include National Fire Plan funding priority for projects identified in a CWPP.


The California Fire Alliance mission is to have a successful interagency/public collaboration that protects and enhances the quality of life threatened by wildfire. The Alliance consists of two levels of organization. The Leadership Group is comprised of the Directors, Agency Administrators or delegated Fire Director from participating agencies and groups. The Staff Group includes primary staff from those participating agencies and carries out the majority of coordination and communication efforts. For more information about the CWPP workshop or CA Fire Alliance please contact Miriam Morrill at 530-934-2801 or visit http://www.cafirealliance.org/.


Agenda Topics and Presenters

·         CWPP- The What & Why of It - Miriam Morrill, WUI Coordinator, R8 USFWS             

·         CWPP- What’s New in the National Guidance- Kim Van Hemelryck, National WUI Coordinator, USFWS

·         Community Conservation Wildfire Protection Plan- Overview- Tracy Kettleman, Forever Green Forestry

·         Collaboration in CWPP & Hazard Mitigation Plan- Vicki Yorty, El Dorado County Fire Safe Council

·         Collaboration in CWPP & Cal Fire Unit Plan- Calli-Jane Burch, Butte County Fire Safe Council

·         CWPP & Biomass Utilization Strategies- Jerry Hurley, Plumas County Fire Safe Council

·         CWPP & Environmental Compliance Strategies- Tom Esgate, Lassen County Fire Safe Council

·         CWPP & Best Management Practices- Carol Pranka, Diablo Fire Safe Council

·         Breakouts: CWPP Basics, CWPP Collaboration, CWPP & Project Compliance, Fire Outreach

·         Firewise Communities - Wayne Mitchell, Cal Fire

·         Fire Learning Networks - Lynn Decker, National FLN Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy

Contact Info: Miriam Morrill, 530-934-2801, Miriam_Morrill@fws.gov
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