Using the CalVTP: New Implementation Tools and Lessons Learned
Thursday, December 7th, 10:00am - 12:05pm
This webinar will share insights about the latest trends, tips, and practices for agencies, fire safe councils, and landowners seeking to use the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) to implement vegetation treatments. The panel consists of CAL FIRE staff from Sacramento headquarters and the San Luis Obispo Unit and consultants who helped to develop and implement the CalVTP Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR). The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the CalVTP, including its history, what it covers, and preparation of Project-Specific Analysis (PSA) documents and joint PSA and Addenda to the CalVTP Program EIR. New tools and resources developed by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will be introduced, including a set of example PSAs and new implementation tools. The example PSAs include treatments in various vegetation communities and special-status species habitats throughout the state. Implementation tools provide organizational and planning aids to achieve the goal of increasing the pace and scale of critical wildfire resilience treatments while protecting sensitive resources.
Additionally, CAL FIRE will share insights on how we plan and develop our vegetation management treatments and how the CalVTP integrates into the suite of our other management tools. We will explore how to choose and design projects with the highest chance of success while balancing the greater statewide effort to work collaboratively with our many partners. Local partnerships are the foundation to meaningfully restoring our wildlands and the CalVTP continues to provide a solid foundation to move forward with this important objective.
The presentation will cover how field practitioners are approaching CalVTP PSAs from the inception of the project to completion. Topics will include cooperation with other agencies, getting landowners on board, interested party outreach, and creating implementation plans. Case studies will be presented to discuss efficient preparation of PSAs, required consultation with state and federal agencies, and implementation of vegetation treatments.
|Lily Bostrom: CalVTP Overview and New Resources to Support Implementation|
|Jonathan Fitch: CAL FIRE and the CalVTP; a tool for the trade|
|Lara Rachowicz: New Tools and Tips for Implementing CalVTP Projects|
|Jonathan Gee: CalVTP an Overview from a Field Practitioner|
|Q & A|
Lily Bostrom, Senior Environmental Planner, Ascent
Lily Bostrom is a senior environmental planner and project manager at Ascent with over 10 years of experience in environmental consulting and a master's degree in environmental science and management. Lily primarily manages the preparation of CEQA documents for a variety of project types, including wildfire resilience projects. She assisted with the preparation of the 2019 CalVTP Program EIR, has managed the preparation of several PSAs and joint PSA/Addenda, and has participated in multiple CalVTP training webinars as a panelist. Lily is currently supporting the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF) with the implementation of the CalVTP through a variety of means, including preparing tools and materials for the BOF's CalVTP PSA Library.
Jonathan Fitch, Prescribed Fire Coordinator, Forester II
Lara Rachowicz, Senior Ecologist, Ascent
Lara Rachowicz, PhD, is a senior ecologist with 24 years of technical and project management experience throughout California, with a focus on special-status species. She supports environmental review by providing strategic guidance and technical expertise for CEQA and NEPA documents. Lara specializes in advancing efficient CEQA and regulatory compliance strategies for ecosystem resilience and wildfire risk reduction projects and is actively engaged with the US Fish and Wildlife Agency and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop effective strategies to avoid impacts to threatened and endangered wildlife species from CalVTP projects. She assists public agencies by managing and implementing PSAs that provide protection of sensitive resources while expediting the implementation of wildfire resilience projects.
Jonathan Gee, Forestry Assistant II, San Luis Obispo Unit
Jonathan Gee is a Forestry Assistant II for the CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo Unit with seven years of experience working on vegetation management, prescribed fire, and forest health projects across San Luis Obispo County. Jonathan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2015 with a degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management and a Minor in Geographic Information Systems.