Tamarack Fire Restoration Meeting

The October meeting will be a joint meeting of the Alpine Watershed Group, Alpine Trails Assoc., Friends of Hope Valley, and the Alpine Biomass Collaborative.  The topic will be Restoration after the Tamarack Fire.  The agenda is available here.

There will be an initial session on programs to help private landowners led off by Susan Kocher of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.  She has published a number of papers on restoration of private lands after wildfires and will give an overview of what to expect.  One relevant publication is available here.

This will be followed by short presentations by agencies that help private landowners restore their land after a wildfire on what programs they offer.  Agencies that have agreed to attend include the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Services Agency, and CA Office of Emergency Services.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well as to meet and talk with agency representatives about how they can help you restore your land.

The next session will by presentations by different agencies that manage or use public lands.  Agencies that have agreed to attend include the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Liberty Utilities, and CalTrans.  After these presentations there will be as much time as needed for questions and discussion of what we as a community need to see in the way of restoration.  In the past there has been little to no restoration after wildfires and as a community we need to make sure the agencies understand that that is not acceptable.  The lack of restoration that happened after the Washington Fire is totally unacceptable.

Alpine County is heavily dependent on our tourist economy.  Whether it is car clubs coming through on tours, people coming to fish in our streams and lakes, hikers, snow sports enthusiasts, or others that come to Alpine County to enjoy our clean air, water, and scenic views, the Tamarack Fire has spoiled it.  To say nothing of the effect on those of us who live here.  It must be restored!

The meeting will be Tuesday October 5th at 6:00 pm.  It is planned as an in-person meeting at the Turtle Rock Park Community Center.  Masks or face shields will be required.  Should there be a covid explosion the meeting will shift to Zoom and the Zoom connection information will be sent out as soon as possible.

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