Cal Fire, through the County Fire Safe Council and Upper Salinas-North Tablas Resource Conservation District, will reduce fuel on the Covell Ranch in an upcoming project. They propose to remove 70-80 percent of the trees eight inches or less in diameter.
The Cal Vegetation Treatment Program Environmental Impact Report is posted here, Covell Ranch 2021_CAL FIRE CalVTP PSA_DRAFT FINAL. Cambria Forest Committee submitted comments, Covell Ranch Cal VTP comment letter 2021, as did the California Native Plant Society, Covell Ranch CNPS comment letter.
Steve Auten, the Registered Professional Forester who wrote the plan, discussed it with Forest Committee members and other community members. Watch the one-hour discussion here.
The USLTRCD will be hosting a local public hearing on the draft PWP at the USLTRCD Board of Directors Meeting on September 16th, 2021, at 4:00 PM, in the Martin Polin Room at the Atascdero Library.
Questions and comments regarding the Draft Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan can be directed to the USLTRCD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-460-7272 ext. 1. Comments are due by 5pm on September 15th, 2021.
Bootleg Fire report
“Contrary to fuel reduction claims, the Bootleg Fire has raced through much of the landscape that has been logged in one way or another since the 1970s, including over the last few years,” said Baker.
“Forest fires are driven mainly by weather, climate, and climate change, not by how dense the forest is or how many dead trees there are,” said Dr. Chad Hanson, forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project. “Dense forests have a cooler, shadier microclimate, and dead wood soaks up and retains huge amounts of moisture, like big sponges, while thinning and other logging create hotter, drier, and windier conditions that tend to increase fire intensity.”
Read it here.
Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate, by Chad T. Hanson
Webinar available here.
Dr. Chad Hanson, forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, author of the new book, Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate as well as dozens of peer-reviewed studies, recently joined us for an excellent presentation and conversation about the misconceptions surrounding wildfire. Bryant Baker of Los Padres Forest Watch has provided a list of key moments in the video at that link.
Smokescreen cuts through years of misunderstanding and misdirection to make an impassioned, evidence-based argument for a new era of forest management for the sake of the planet and the human race. Natural fires are as essential as sun and rain in fire-adapted forests, but as humans encroach on wild spaces, fear, arrogance, and greed have shaped the way that people view these regenerative events and given rise to misinformation that threatens whole ecosystems as well as humanity’s chances of overcoming the climate crisis.
Scientist and activist Chad T. Hanson explains how natural alarm over wildfire has been marshaled to advance corporate and political agendas, notably those of the logging industry. He also shows that, in stark contrast to the fear-driven narrative around these events, contemporary research has demonstrated that forests in the United States, North America, and around the world have a significant deficit of fire. Forest fires, including the largest ones, can create extraordinarily important and rich wildlife habitats as long as they are not subjected to postfire logging. Smokescreen confronts the devastating cost of current policies and practices head-on and ultimately offers a hopeful vision and practical suggestions for the future — one in which both communities and the climate are protected and fires are understood as a natural and necessary force.
How does forest management affect fire? Read the report on Oregon’s Bootleg Fire on the Forest-Related Documents page. “An independent analysis of the landscape that has burned so far has revealed that tens of thousands of acres of recent thinning, fuel breaks, and other forest management—similar to what has been proposed on Pine Mountain and Mt. Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest—fail to stop or slow the fire’s rapid spread.”
Invasive Weed Guide
Every Cambrian lives in the forest. We share our landscape with the trees and wildlife. Donate now to the Forest Committee to defray publication costs of Cambria’s Guide to Invasive Weeds. Send a check for $8 (or more) to Cambria Forest Committee, PO Box 23, Cambria, CA 93428.
Weeds are taking over landscape and crowding out native plants. Weeds hurt the forest by changing the habitat for wildlife. they increase fire danger. Pull weeds on your own property and help your neighbors. Every weed you pull reduces the number of seeds that will sprout on your property next year. Connie Gannon, executive director of Greenspace–The Cambria Land Trust and a member of the Forest Committee’s board, wrote about it in The Cambrian.
Learn more about Cambria’s Invasive Weeds by joining iNaturalist on your tablet or smart phone. Find the Rogue’s Gallery of Weeds and add your personal Worst Weed of Cambria. contact us at email@example.com with questions.
Download a copy of the Forest Committee’s brochure, At Home in the Forest, from the Frequently Asked Questions page.
A brochure on Sudden Oak Death is now available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Read the Community Wildfire Protection Plan posted under Forest-Related documents.
Volunteer to help the Cambria Forest Committee preserve Cambria’s Monterey Pine Forest.
Would you like to pull weeds, get rid of those nasty invasives that are creeping into our forest? Do you have computer skills? Would you like to use your artistic talent to create informational materials that convey the forest’s beauty? What is your talent? The Forest Committee welcomes you. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you to work.
In 1985, The Land Conservancy was selected as the implementing nonprofit agency as required for government agencies to operate the Transfer Development Credit Ordinance. Following the completion of the Cambria-Lodge-Hill Restoration Plan, the TDC program received seed money from the state Coastal Conservancy to begin retiring lots. Lots retired from development are permanently restricted to open space and their development rights can be transferred to areas in Cambria where development is better suited and which will have a reduced impact on the health of the native Monterey pine forest. The County directs landowners who wish to exceed present county development standards to The Land Conservancy to purchase TDCs. That money is then used to purchase additional undeveloped lots and retire them from development, and the cycle continues.
In March 2016, after a four year hiatus, the Cambria CSD accepted 52 lots from the Land Conservancy. That allows the program to continue. Read the news report here.
The CSD established a Buildout Reduction Committee to move the program forward. The committee’s report is posted at the link above.
Forest Management Plan
The Organizational and Funding Options for Implementation for the Cambria Monterey Pine Forest Management Plan is now posted on the Forest-Related Documents page. The Forest Management Plan is also posted there.
This site contains information about the Cambria Forest Committee including
The Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact the Committee by e-mail: email@example.com
Contact us by mail at: Cambria Forest Committee PO Box 23 Cambria, CA 93428
Next Meeting: 10 am, September 10, 2021, remotely via Zoom. Email for the link to participate. Open to everyone.