bulldozer cutting a fireline

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

PROGRAM DETAILS

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.

Appendices to the Program Description

Wildland Fire Resiliency Program - Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

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

Draft EIR

Program Development Timeline

 2019

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).

2021-22

Tentative public input and environmental impact report process for prescribed fire.

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