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Swanton Pacific Ranch's Fuels and Vegetation Management Education (FAVE) program educates professionals about wildfire fuel mitigation and vegetation management approaches with the goal of increasing the pace and scale of fuels and vegetation management to build a more sustainable and fire resilient landscape for every Californian.

Funded by CALFIRE's Healthy Forest Initiative and the California Climate Initiative, the FAVE program offers webinars and field-based workshops in every corner of California.

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Upcoming trainings:

March 24th, 2023: Discussion about burning issues

ecological stewardship and intentional fire

April 6th, 2023: Environmental review pathways to long-term success: prescribed fires

environmental review pathways to make prescribed fires successful

April 13th, 2023: CalVTP Field Training: Healdsburg Open Space/Community Fuels Reduction Project

How to increase the pace and scale of fuels reduction projects in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)

May 4th, 2023: Shaded Fuel Break: Lessons Learned Post Wildfire in the San Vicente Redwoods

Land Conservation and fire resiliency in the Santa Cruz Mountains 

May 18th, 2023: Fuels Treatments in the WUI: Sonoma Land Trust’s Laufenburg Ranch Preserve

vegetation management for fire fuel reduction and enhancing ecological health

May 20th, 2023: Fuels Treatments in the WUI: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

whole systems approaches to increasing fire resilience while restoring ecosystems

Recent trainings:

March 16th, 2023: Targeted Grazing for Fuel Reduction: Case Studies from East Bay Regional Park District

February 24th, 2023: Navigating the Proposal Process for Wildfire Fuels Treatment Using Prescribed Grazing

February 9th, 2023: CAL FIRE's CalVTPs in the Southern Sierra Foothills 

February 7th, 2023: Practitioner Panel: Tips and tricks for early entry into the CalVTP

January 28-31, 2023: S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Training Course

January 19, 2023: Develop your Personal Fire Qualification Plan for Prescribed Burning: Understanding NWCG Qualifications and the California Rx Fire Burn Boss Program

January 18, 2023: Wildfire Prevention Grants for Prescribed Grazing

December 6, 2022: CalVTP & PWP in Practice: Covell Ranch Forest Health

November 28- Dec 2: Basic Wildland Fire Fighter Type 2 Training Course

November 9, 2022: CalVTP Question and Answer Webinar 

November 3, 2022: CalVTP in Practice: Lompoc Valley Fuels Reduction Project-Purisima Ridge Fuel Break

October 25, 2022: Prescribed Burning in Soquel Demonstration State Forest

Introduction to California's Utility Vegetation Wildfire Risk Mitigation Webinar

CalVTP in Practice: Sequoia Lake Case Study Webinar

Blodgett Forest Fuels Treatment Field Workshop

CalVTP Field Training: Covell Ranch Forest Health Fuels Reduction in the WUI

Understanding the CalVTP: a Virtual Training for Beginners


Please contact Grey Hayes, PhD
Vegetation and Fuels Management Training Director (831) 227-7163

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