California RCD Conference

We are at the 77th Annual Conference for the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts this week! We’re so excited to sponsor this important event and connect more with our current clients as well as develop a better understanding of the exciting work that’s upcoming to improve the resilience of the communities we live and work in.

Yesterday Reggie Fay and Robert Gallianio, RPF, attended the Caldor Fire tour to visit the site and learn more about wildfire resilience. We are very familiar with this fire and the communities around it given we have worked on several restoration projects in the area. In 2021 the Caldor fire burned towards Highway 50 and threatened communities including Pollock Pines and Sly Park. However, no structures were burned. This is partly due to to how well the Fire Adapted 50 project units performed when subjected to backfiring by the USFS and CAL FIRE. Fire Adapted 50 is an all-lands approach to wildfire hazard reduction focused in the area between Camino and Echo Summit along Highway 50. It is a primary focus area of the South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy, a collaboration of state and federal agencies, non-profits, utility districts, Resource Conservation Districts and private landowners.The objectives of the project are to reduce likelihood of a crown fire if a wildfire occurs, improve the resiliency of the residual stands, allow implementation of prescribed fire to maintain desired conditions and improve access and safety for firefighters by providing areas where they can stage to fight a fire or conduct back burning.