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Upcoming Events – At a Glance

Steep Terrain Hazardous Fuels Treatment Demonstration

June 8-9, 2018, near Ice House, CA

Opportunity to View Equipment and Techniques in Northern California

The USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE in cooperation with other partners, are sponsoring a steep terrain hazardous fuels treatment demonstration (demo) near Ice House Resort. The demo will take place on Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) land in the South Fork American River (SOFAR) watershed in El Dorado County.

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What’s New

Fall Prescribed Burn Program Begins Soon to Reduce Risk and Realize the Benefits of Fire on the Eldorado National Forest

PLACERVILLE, CA, October 5, 2017 – The Eldorado National Forest will begin its fall prescribed burn program as soon as weather conditions are favorable. Fire managers plan to burn approximately 16,140 acres of national forest land this fall, winter and spring using a combination of understory and pile burning techniques. The actual number of acres burned will depend on weather and air quality conditions which may limit the number of days that burning can take place.

The 2017-2018 burn program includes the use of fire in three high priority restoration projects: the King Fire Restoration Project; the Caples Ecological Restoration Project; and the Power Fire Fuels Maintenance Study. Prescribed fire will be used to prepare sites for reforestation in the 2014 King Fire area; to reduce wildfire risk in the Caples Creek watershed which 110,000 consumers rely on for water supply; and to maintain fuel loads within the 2004 Power Fire area where fire historically burned every 10-15 years.

“Integrating the use of fire with other active management is important to achieving our goals of community protection, ecosystem health, and a productive working landscape,” said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “We are committed to a balanced fire program that will reduce risk and realize the benefits of fire,” Crabtree added.
Prescribed fires are ignited after close evaluation of weather and fuel conditions, social and economic considerations, and other factors that influence fire behavior and the ecological effects of fire. Prescribed burning is planned for the following Eldorado National Forest locations throughout the fall, winter and spring:
  • Amador Ranger District: 2,085 acres of understory burning in the Power Fire, View 88, Mokey Bear, Tiger Creek, and Lost Horse prescribed fire projects; and 709 acres of pile burning in the View 88, Mokey Bear, Oski Bear, Goldfinger and other district pile burning projects. For more information, contact 209-295-4251.
  • Placerville Ranger District: 1,995 acres of understory burning in the Caples, Iron Trap, Marshall Mine, Silver Saddle, and Institute of Forest Genetics prescribed fire projects; and 853 acres of pile burning in the Caples, Highway 50 Fuel Break, Rain Tree and Silver Fork roadside brushing projects. For more information, contact 530-644-2324.
  • Pacific Ranger District: 473 acres of understory burning in the Wharf Whale prescribed fire project; and 5,654 acres of pile burning in Administrative/Recreation sites, and the King Fire Quidazoic and Trimburgh projects. For more information, contact 530-644-2349.
  • Georgetown Ranger District: 1,123 acres of understory burning in the Tobacco Gulch, Georgetown Maintenance and Georgetown Compound prescribed fire projects; and 3,248 acres of pile burning in the King Fire 2 Chaix, Caesar, En Garde, and Pompeii projects, as well as the Smarty Jones, Big Meadow, and Dru Barner projects. For more information,contact 530-333-4312.

“We are sensitive to the fact that smoke has an impact on people, particularly those with respiratory conditions and allergies,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Jay Kurth. “Efforts are made to ignite prescribed fires when weather patterns will disperse smoke more quickly so it has less effect on populated areas.”

Project managers coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions to ensure that burning takes place on the best days for smoke dispersion. Smoke from prescribed fire operations is shorter term, and less intense than during a large wildfire. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed and where smoke is expected to travel.

The Forest Service recommends that people living in or near the forest contact the nearest ranger station if they have respiratory illness or think the smoke might adversely affect them. These people will be placed on a “Sensitive Persons List” and will be notified of upcoming prescribed burning projects.

Prescribed fire updates will be posted on the forest Twitter account which can be viewed at  Individuals who sign up to follow the forest Twitter account will receive a message when new information is posted.  Project descriptions and maps of the burn units will also be posted on the forest website at   For more information, contact Teresa Riesenhuber at (530) 621-5223, or email at


Map of projects in the SOFAR area
  • Fire history – coming soon
  • Jurisdictional – coming soon


The scientific papers provided below are from peer-reviewed journals. They are posted for information sharing and do not represent the views of the SOFAR Collaborative.

  • U.S. Government Accountability Office – Report to Congress on Wildland Fire Risk Reduction – View
  • Briefs – CA Fire Science Consortium – View
  • North et al. 2009 – GTR 220 – An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests – View
  • North et al. 2012 – GTR 237 – Managing Sierra Nevada Forests – View
  • Dow et al. 2015 – Incorporating Resource Protection Constraints in an Analysis of Landscape Fuel-Treatment Effectiveness in the Northern Sierra Nevada – View
  • Stephens et al. 2014 – California Spotted Owl, Songbird, and Small Mammal Responses to Landscape Fuel Treatments – View
  • Roberts et al. 2017 – California Spotted Owl Occupancy On Mixed-Ownership Lands In the Sierra Nevada of California, 2012 Through 2016 – View
  • O’Hara and Ramage 2013 – Silviculture in an uncertain world: utilizing multi-aged management systems to integrate disturbance – View
  • Stephens et al. 2016 – Wildfire impacts on California spotted owl nesting habitat in the Sierra Nevada – View
  • Lydersen et al. 2017 – Evidence of fuels management and fire weather influencing fire severity in an extreme fire event
  • Harris and Taylor 2017 – Previous burns and topography limit and reinforce fire severity in a large wildfire – View

November 8 Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group Monitoring & Science Symposium

Posted October 5, 2017

Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group Monitoring & Science Symposium
November 8, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Jackson, CA

The goal of this symposium is to better understand and promote effective collaborative-based forest management. The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) is a community-based organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies. Cornerstone is a USFS Collaborative Forest Restoration (CFLR) program project. In 2016, the ACCG completed a Cornerstone collaborative forest landscape restoration project monitoring strategy. This symposium will provide knowledge of ongoing work and will present findings from monitoring and research occurring within the ACCG footprint. Results from ongoing work will be presented. Discussion sections will provide the opportunity for collaboration on the implications of the work and how to apply knew knowledge to management.

Location: Sutter County Department of Health and Human Services 10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek, CA
Presented by: US Forest Service Ecology Program and the California Fire Science Consortium
Audience: ACCG members, land managers, researchers, regulators, planners and decisions makers.
Contact Information: Shana Gross | Becky Estes,

The event requires advanced registration and is free to attend. View agenda. View flier.

Nov. 2 + 3 – SCALE Fall 2017 Meeting

The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment ( and the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region are hosting a two-day meeting for collaboratives and community-based organizations to identify ways these groups and the Forest Service can work together to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration. Register here and agenda to follow. Please plan to join us for an interactive meeting focused on identifying solutions that work for forests and communities!

Day 1 will feature updates from Collaboratives in attendance, as well as discussions around integrating the latest science into landscape-scale forest restoration, forest planning, and engaging diverse stakeholders. On Day 2, participants will have an opportunity to work through a scenario-based exercise to develop new strategies that build upon recent innovation in policy and legislative authority to accelerate forest restoration and hear from state and federal agencies on future opportunities. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided both days, and a networking reception is planned for the evening of Nov. 2.

Location: Rural County Representatives of California, 1215 K Street, Suite 1650, Sacramento, CA

Through the Sierra to California All-Lands Enhacement (SCALE) project, the Sierra Institute facilitates a peer-learning network of forest collaboratives by convening meetings designed to share key lessons and promote awareness of key state and federal policies, funding, and authorities. The SCALE network offers an opportunity for collaboratives and the Forest Service to collectively identify strategies to achieve landscape-scale, cross-boundary restoration of healthy, resilient forests.

Oct. 24 SCALE webinar on Forest Resilience Bond

Posted October 3, 2017

SCALE will host a webinar on Tuesday October 24th about the Forest Resilience Bond, an innovative financing approach for forest restoration.  Zach Knight of Blue Forest Conservation will provide more detail about the Forest Resilience Bond, share updates on progress on developing the Forest Resilience Bond since May, including highlights from a recently released report titled Fighting Fire with Finance, and discuss ways that collaboratives can connect with Blue Forest Conservation to advance this new forest restoration financing mechanism.

The webinar will be held on October 24th from 10:00-11:00.  Those interested in attending the webinar can register here.  For those unable to participate, resources will be posted on our website following the session.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren Burton.

Read more about the Forest Resilience Bond on their new website, in this blog post, or connect on social media with the hashtags #forestresiliencebond and #FRBroadmap.