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My name is Harry Vaughn and I live at se naan kuk (later renamed Salmon Creek in South Humboldt County) and have been involved in Sudden Oak Death treatments and scientific research (plots put in by our Extension Forester, CalFire Forest Pathologist and my Forester). I am concerned about the impact of Right of Way Clearing on PG&E powerlines as it affects our community fire security. I have attached two articles by KZWX Radio’s Sarah Reith, who has been interviewing community members concerning having Old Oaks cut down that did not endanger the powerline under the NEW “Enhanced Vegetation Management Program”. While thinning and phosphonate treatments have left our community with many large Tan Oak Groves the areas of Tan Oaks not thinned on Salmon Creek Road have died and now line a good portion of our road with a large fuel buildup that poses a threat to our community and should be addressed in a way that provides local jobs and local fire security for our community.
John Shribbs in Petaluma CA, home of Miwok.
HelloGina Moon here, first time zooming, Thanks!
Toni Stoffel, Cathey Road/Jay Smith Road Fire Safe Group, Miranda
Dwight Streamfellow, South fork of the Trinity river watershed.
Hi. Tracy Katelman, Community Fire Planner & Consulting Forester. Thrilled Trees is stepping into this space.
Hi everyone, Will Emerson here, Chief of the Bell Springs Fire Department
Imil Ferrara, Covelo and Middle Eel Yolla Bolly
Hello from Eugene Oregon. Mark Heitchue Soil FoodWeb School Student.
Cybelle - Raised in Briceland and Petrolia; Humboldt County Fire Safe Council member and supporter; County Public Works, Natural Resources Planning Manager; Director of Administration and Contracts for the North Coast Resource Partnership; fan of local VFDs, local FSCs, Firewise Communities, watershed councils and other NGOs like the Trees Foundation.
Awesome Ali! Way to show the Cohesive Strategy approach — fire adapted communities, landscape resilience, and safe & effective response — to community resilience.
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You can download the Good Fire report on this webpage
Great suggestion Margo, about allowing the public to go in to help remove dead material.
Preparing your Home for Wildfire - https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/93728/Preparing-Your-Home-for-Wildfire
We have a lot of great resources on this website. The Fire Map is very helpful, too. https://ucanr.edu/sites/fire/
Living with wildfire in northwestern CA - https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/72087/Living-with-Wildfire-in-Northwestern-California-3rd-Edition?bidId=
Fire Adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes program home risk assessment tool - https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/93582/FLASH-Home-Risk-Assessment
Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network is also a great source of inspiration and resources: https://fireadaptednetwork.org/
Forest pathology and changes in my oak orchards has been a concern since 2005 when we found Phytophtora ramorem in our oak forest and other areas in South Humboldt. I initially thinned 22 acres for a control study with Yana Valachovic and Chris Lee. Now I have about 160 acres landscape opened up since 2006 and thinned areas have healthy tan oak stands and good acorns. On Elk Ridge fuelbreak community thinning on the shaded fuel break and landowners participation has saved some extrordinary tan oak groves. I guess it's more of an observation that thinning and air flow through a thinned forest worked to help protect our oaks. More of a statement I guess. But we still have lots of acorns and everyone is benefitting. Areas in areas not thinned have suffered a loss of acorn trees and dead trees are a buildup. How to thin on a landscape level in a timely way to address forest pathology and loss of trees and carbon storage.
Good to see you Margo!
Thank you. Good discusstion