Dr. Collins with his final slide. Photo by Mary Rawson
Our meeting on 03-oct-2016 at Turtle Rock Park was a bit less well attended with 15 members of the public and agencies present. Dr. Brandon Collins from the UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach gave an excellent presentation on his research on the state of the forest today vs the state of the forest prior to extensive logging and wildfire suppression. More importantly he outlined what we can do to return our forests to a healthy state. There were a lot of good questions and discussion during and after his presentation. For those that missed the meeting they can see his presentation that was part of the Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership’s (Sierra CAMP) webinar here. Dr. Collins’ part of the webinar begins at the five minute mark.
Consensus was achieved on our new mission statement which is “Unifying partners to promote forest and watershed health and local economic development.” Consensus was also reached on approaching the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) about becoming a chapter or subchapter to that organization. Draft minutes of the meeting are posted here.
The Bureau of Land Management and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, gave updates on their projects.
The next meeting is set for Tuesday November 1st at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park and will feature a presentation by Dr. Eric Knapp who is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. The December meeting is set for Tuesday December 6th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park and will feature a presentation to answer the question “What can the Alpine Biomass Committee do for me or my organization?” In addition Irene Davidson will make a presentation on the Humboldt-Toiyabe’s West Carson project. For the January meeting Coreen Francis of the BLM will be making a presentation on the BLM’s programs in Alpine County.
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The Alpine Biomass Committee is supported by a grant from the National Forest Foundation with funds coming from Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service. This organization is an equal opportunity provider.