Midpen’s newly developed Wildland Fire Resiliency program proactively expands our environmentally sensitive vegetation management to:
- Promote healthy, resilient, fire-adapted ecosystems
- Reduce wildland fire risk
- Facilitate the response of fire agencies
The Wildland Fire Resiliency Program has four main elements:
- Vegetation Management Plan
Expanding environmentally sensitive vegetation management into new areas of our preserves beginning in 2020 for ecological health and public safety.
- Prescribed Fire Plan
Reintroducing prescribed fire to Midpen’s land management toolbox in 2023, in partnership with Cal Fire.
- Preserve Maps to Assist Fire Agencies (Pre-plan and resource advisor maps)
Updating and expanding preserve maps that provide critical information to fire agencies responding to wildland fire events, including water sources, roads and gates and sensitive natural and cultural resources.
- Monitoring Plan
Collecting scientific data and monitoring to ensure the program is adaptable and meeting our goals.
The program documents below were created with extensive public and partner agency feedback and have been updated to reflect changes due to public comment.
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 - Introduction
- Chapter 2 - Background and Environmental Setting
- Chapter 3 - Wildland Fire Resiliency Program Polices
- Chapter 4 - Vegetation Management Plan
- Chapter 5 - Prescribed Fire Plan
- Chapter 6- Wildland Fire Pre-Plan and Resource Advisor Maps
- Chapter 7 - Monitoring Plan
- Chapter 8 - Maximum Acreages of Annual Treatment
- Chapter 9- Document Preparation
- Chapter 10- References
Appendices to the Program Description
- Appendix A - Policy Report
- Appendix B.1 - Vegetation Management Maps - Existing and Potential Treatments
- Appendix B.2 - Vegetation Management Maps - Tier 1 and Tier 2 Prioritized Treatments
- Appendix C - IPMP Guidance Manual
- Appendix D - Burn Unit Maps - Forthcoming
- Appendix E - Pre-Fire Plans - Forthcoming
- Appendix F - Current Inventory and Monitoring Efforts
- Appendix G - Monitoring Implementation Plan Forms
- Appendix H - Monitoring Methods and Protocols
- Appendix I - Glossary of Terms
- Appendix J - Key to Terms
Midpen’s Board of Directors passed a Resolution to certify the Final EIR (SCH# 2020049059) at a public hearing on May 12, 2021.
Certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report; Adoption of the Wildland Fire Resiliency Program, and Approval of Associated Policies
- Table of Contents
- Section 1 - Introduction
- Section 2- Executive Summary
- Section 3 - Project Description
- Section 4 - Environmental Setting Impacts and Mitigation Measures
- Section 5 - Other CEQA Considerations
- Section 6 - Alternatives to the Program
- Section 7 - Document Preparation
- Section 8 - References
Program Development Timeline
Research and public outreach workshops.
April 8, 2020
Public Meeting: Study session for Midpen board and public to provide feedback on program scope. No board action.
|April 27 - June 18, 2020||Program scoping and public comment period.|
|May 13, 2020||Public Meeting: Midpen board approved program scope allowing required environmental impact report to proceed.|
|January 15 - March 1, 2021||Draft program environmental impact report released and public comment period.|
Feb. 25, 2021
Public Hearing: Review draft program environmental impact report.
May 12, 2021
Public meeting: Midpen board certified the final environmental impact report and approved the Program, allowing implementation to begin this year.
|2021||Program implementation begins (except for prescribed fire which requires further environmental analysis).|
Tentative public input and environmental impact report process for prescribed fire.