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A public input and environmental review process is currently underway for our newly developed Wildland Fire Resiliency Program. The goals of this program are to:

  • Establish healthy, resilient fire-adapted ecosystems and protect natural resources
  • Reduce wildland fire risk
  • Facilitate fire suppression and emergency access 

Wildland Fire Resiliency Program - Draft Environmental Impact Report

Midpen has prepared the Wildland Fire Resiliency Program Draft Program Environmental Impact Report in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

You can review and comment on the environmental analysis in the draft report anytime during the public comment period from January 15 to March 1, 2021. Comments related to the environmental analysis and received by March 1 will be included and addressed in the final program environmental impact report later this year.

Please mail, e-mail, or fax comments on the Draft Program EIR by the March 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. deadline to:

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Attention: Coty Sifuentes-Winter, Senior Resource Management Specialist
Mailing Address: 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos, CA 94022
Email: csifuentes@openspace.org
Fax: (650) 691-0485

The Draft Program EIR (SCH# 2020049059) is available for review below.

Notice of Availablity

Draft Wildand Fire Resilency Program

The draft program documents below were created with extensive public and partner agency feedback. Deletions are shown in strikeout and additions are shown in underline. These documents are for reference only - we are not seeking public comment on these documents at this time.

Appendices to the Program Description

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PROGRAM DETAILS

The proposed 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 2022, 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.

Read the proposed details for each of these four elements in Midpen's draft Wildland Fire Resiliency Program.

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, 2021 Draft program environmental impact report released.

Feb. 25, 2021

Public Hearing: Review draft program environmental impact report. 

March 1, 2021 Comment period on Draft EIR closes at 5 p.m.

Spring 2021 (tentative)

Public meeting: Midpen board to consider certifying final environmental impact report and adopting program, allowing work to begin.

2021-22

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