Things have slowed down significantly and we have not been able to line up a speaker for December.
The state’s Forest Management Task Force is preparing its final recommendations for Governor Newsom’s consideration on how best to reduce the risk of and damage from wildfire. The preliminary recommendations can be found by clicking on the Working Group Recommendations link. There has been strong participation in the Task Force by a few forested counties including Alpine, Fire Safe Councils, Resource Conservation Districts, most state agencies, Region 5 of the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Organization Update: With the current ban on indoor gatherings the MOU is being circulated for signatures rather than having a dedicated signing event. Currently the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and the Alpine Watershed Group have signed.
Michael Barton unfortunately, at least for us, is leaving Alpine County. He has been a great supporter of the ABC and also served as Secretary-Treasurer on the 501(c)(3) of the same name. His knowledge, advice, and support will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything Michael, and the best to you and Barbara in your future home.
Future Meetings: Unfortunately there won’t be a December meeting as we have been unsuccessful in lining up a presentation. There will not be a January meeting as most agency personnel will either be on leave or just getting back after the holidays. The February meeting will feature Dr. Scott Stephens of the University of California at Berkley talking about the science behind forest restoration in the Sierra. In April we will have presentations on prescribed fire and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s Smoke Management Plan. Any suggestions for possible speakers are welcome.
The next meeting will be February 2nd at 6:00 pm via video conference.