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Understanding the CalVTP: a Virtual Training for Beginners

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm


This introductory training will increase one's understanding of California's foundational toolkit for mitigating the fuels component of the wildfire crisis while increasing ecosystem health and services. Attendees will learn how the CalVTP meets California's increasing wildland-urban interface fire challenges on state and local land, and how to begin planning and executing vegetation treatments such as prescribed burning and grazing, shaded fuel breaks, herbicide application and more in their own communities. Topics covered include identification of costs and benefits, common stakeholder viewpoints, and how and where to access resources.

Understanding the CalVTP: A Virtual Training for Beginners from Cal Poly IGEE on Vimeo.


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Shannon Johnson, Vegetation Management Program Coordinator, CALFIRE

Shannon Johnson is a Registered Professional Forester with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). She has been working with CAL FIRE since 2004 in various positions across the state. She is currently the Vegetation Management Program Manager, reviewing fuel reduction projects (CEQA, VMP, CalVTP) for CAL FIRE statewide.  Prior to that she worked at the CAL FIRE Northern Region office in Redding reviewing fuel reduction projects for Northern California. She has also worked with the Forest Practice Program, State Forest Program, grants and fuels crews. She has a degree in Conservation Biology from California State University Sacramento and lives in Northern California.  

Jon Fitch, Prescribed Burn Coordinator, CALFIRE

Jon Fitch has over 20 years of experience working in forest health, fuel reduction, and landscape level treatment in Oregon and California.  His background includes forest management, wildland firefighting, contract administration, and development of financially feasible fuel treatment projects. In his position as the Prescribed Fire Coordinator at the CalFire Sacramento HQ office, he is tasked with expanding the role of prescribed fire (among other fuel reduction projects) to meet the targets and needs identified by the Governor and the Strategic Action Plan developed by the Forest and Wildfire Resiliency Task Force.   

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