The meeting has been postponed due to the Federal government shutdown.
The January meeting will be the first of the Alpine Biomass Collaborative’s (ABC) “less talk, more action” meetings. Past, present, and possible future projects to improve forest and watershed health, improve the local economy, and protect our communities from catastrophic wildfire will be looked at. At the very least it is hoped that a map can be completed showing past, present and planned projects, and begin the discussion of what specifically needs to be done. Initial criteria were agreed on at our last meeting and are attached to the draft minutes of the Dec. 4th meeting. Current confirmed participants include the Forest Service, BLM, Alpine County Community Development, Eastern Alpine Fire and Rescue, Alpine Fire Safe Council (AFSC), Alpine Watershed Group (AWG), CALFIRE, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC).
With respect to protecting our communities from catastrophic wildfire, some work has already been done by the AFSC which recently updated the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The updated CWPP has been accepted and approved by the Board of Supervisors. It is not necessary to read all 250+ pages of the CWPP, but the executive summary and the section on your community is well worth reading. It will not be productive for the ABC to duplicate work already done or planned to be done by the AFSC. The CWPP is available for download from the AFSC website.
The January meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 8th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.
Happy New Year!