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
Fax: (650) 691-0485
The Draft Program EIR (SCH# 2020049059) is available for review below.
- 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
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.
- 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-Fire 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 Implemention Plan Forms
- Appendix H - Monitoring Methods and Protocols
- Appendix I - Glossary of Terms
- Appendix J - Key to Terms
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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.
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
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.
Tentative public input and environmental impact report process for prescribed fire.