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Wildfire Prevention Grants for Prescribed Grazing

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 10:00am - 12:00pm

CAL FIRE’s Wildfire Prevention (WP) Grants Program provides funding for wildfire prevention projects and activities in and near fire threatened communities that focus on increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities. In this webinar, CALFIRE and UC Extension specialists explained the ins and outs of applying for the current WP Grant cycle (open now through March 15th!) to fund prescribed grazing projects. Details discussed included the application process, when a grazing plan is required, the basics of grazing for fuel reduction, and considerations when planning grazing projects for wildfire fuel mitigation.

These presentations are available due to a partnership between the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection's Range Management Advisory Committee and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Webinar Agenda
Time Item
10:00am Webinar begins
  Diane Carpenter: Wildfire Prevention Grants
  Stephanie Larson: Grazing for fuel reduction
10:50 Break

Marshall Turbeville & Stephanie Larson: What vegetation management goals does prescribed grazing achieve? How do you decide if grazing a good fit for your project? 


Q & A

12:00pm Webinar ends


Diane Carpenter, Wildfire Prevention Grants Analyst, CAL FIRE  

Diane Carpenter has worked for several State agencies and is currently a grants analyst with the CAL FIRE Wildfire Prevention (WP) Grants Program. Diane and her fellow team members work on the administrative processes and procedures related to the coordinating the grant solicitation and awards process, reporting, and monitoring funding appropriations along with managing the administration of ongoing, multi-year grant projects.

Stephanie Larson, PhD, CRM, County Director and Livestock Range Management Advisor, UCCE Sonoma and Marin Counties 

Dr. Stephanie Larson, Director, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Sonoma County; is the County Director, Sonoma County, along with being the Livestock and Range Management Advisor. She addresses climate change, food production and ecological and economical management of working landscapes in Sonoma and Marin Counties. She has a BS and MS in Animal Science and a PhD in Rangeland Management. Dr. Larson assists local livestock producers to improve production and marketing of livestock, conducting research on wise stewardship of rangelands. Her program documents and integrates the ecosystem services provided by rangelands, highlighting the benefits of using prescribed grazing for vegetation management, habitat diversity, and increased forage production. She created Match.Graze, an online platform that pairs livestock grazers with landowners wanting to use grazing to achieve resources goals on their properties.
Her educational and research-based programs deliver opportunities for local agriculture producers, making their operations more sustainable and economically viable. She is a licensed certified rangeland manager; bringing public and private landowners and managers together to make science-based decisions and polices to manage working landscapes for the benefit of all users. She serves on Range Management Advisory Committee (RMAC), a statutory committee which advises the Board of Forestry on rangeland resources.

Marshall Turbeville, Battalion Chief, CALFIRE  

Marshall Turbeville is a CAL FIRE Battalion Chief in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit.  He grew up in rural Northern California on a ranch with vineyards and grazing.  He began working for the CAL FIRE in 1995 as a seasonal fire fighter and accepted a full time position in 2000.  Marshall graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1998 and 2000 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Forestry and Natural Resources.  He is a fire behavior analyst and has implemented prescribing burning in varying vegetation, topography, and weather conditions.  Marshall has also responded to wildfire incidents throughout the State and teaches at the Santa Rosa Junior College in the Natural Resources Management and Fire Technology departments.

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