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Tracy Katelman

Tracy Katelman

712 Main Street, Suite 201 Woodland, CA 95695

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712 Main Street, Suite 201
CA 95695
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Watershed protection/management
  • Wildfire risk assessment
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Non-Member Affiliations:
  • ForEverGreen Forestry

I’m a Registered Professional Forester with ForEverGreen Forestry. I’ve been working on community fire planning and preparedness since 2000, with the Lower Mattole Fire Plan, one of the plans identified in the original CWPP guidance document. From the beginning, my fire planning work has relied heavily on community engagement. The process we developed and used throughout California and southern Oregon is based on an intensive community input structure. We most recently helped complete the 2nd update to the Humboldt County, CA CWPP.

I had the good fortune to spend the previous decade living and working in Chile, where I brought the fire safe/Firewise® model and helped develop their new national methodology on community wildfire preparedness.

I’m interested in community fire planning, fire ecology, prescribed fire, forest restoration, and doing all this with local communities, especially indigenous and latino communities.

Most recently, I served as the Executive Director of the California Fire Safe Council, where we built programs and raised resources to support the 150+ Fire Safe Councils around the state, including revising the website, and creating 2 million brochures on hardened homes and defensible space that are being shared with residents throughout the state.

Our consulting firm, ForEverGreen Forestry, is currently working on regional priority fire planning, especially for North Coastal California, as part of CA’s Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program.

Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

This CWPP was approved in February 2019 and has already received significant funding towards its implementation, I think because it was such a successful example of community collaborative planning. Be sure to check out section 3.5 of the Countywide Action Plan, Restoration of Beneficial Fire.

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Living with Wildfire in Northwestern California

I edited and designed this publication with the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council for the County of Humboldt, CAL FIRE, and Six Rivers National Forest. It's a great resource for residents wanting to prepare their families, homes, and properties to coexist with wildfire.

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Comunidad Preparada Frente a los Incendios Forestales

I helped CONAF, Chile's national forestry and fire protection agency, to develop their methodology and a manual for community wildfire preparedness. I also organized the signing of an MOU between the republic of Chile and state of California to cooperate on wildfire prevention and protection.

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