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CalVTP in Practice: Lessons Learned in Implementation at Purisima Ridge Shaded Fuel Break

January 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This field training is an opportunity to learn about lessons learned from the Purisima Ridge Fuel Break Project from representatives at Santa Barbara County Fire and Resolute Associates LLC. Participants will increase their understanding of the CalVTP and how to apply it to overcome challenges in project implementation with examples at Purisima Ridge.

Ann Marx, Wildland Fuels Project Coordinator at Santa Barbara County Fire Department, will focus on the implementation of the Purisima Ridge Fuels Break Project after completion of the CalVTP PEIR and CEQA compliance. Rob Hazard, Division Chief/Fire Marshall at Santa Barbara County Fire Department, will discuss the overall goal of the project, the strategic and tactical value of the fuel break, developing the initial project budget, the funding options considered, and the decision to use the CalVTP PEIR for CEQA compliance. Kevin Cooper, Biologist at Resolute Associates LLC, will explain the general regulatory framework of environmental compliance under the CalVTP with particular issues from this project, such as breeding birds and sensitive plant avoidance and whether the project was successful in fulfilling its fuel reduction objectives while protecting sensitive resources. Mike Hickey, Fuels Crew Superintendent at Santa Barbara County Fire Department, will outline key considerations when working with hand crews, coordinating with mechanical equipment and maintaining crew safety.

For complete information on this training and the link to register, go to https://spranch.calpoly.edu/calvtp-practice-lessons-learned-implementation-purisima-ridge-shaded-fuel-break



Lompoc area, CA


CAL POLY College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences

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