I’m a Registered Professional Forester with ForEverGreen Forestry. I’ve been working on community fire planning and preparedness since 2000, when I wrote 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 my community organizing background. The process I developed and used throughout California and southern Oregon is based on an intensive community input structure. I most recently helped complete the 2nd update to the Humboldt County, CA CWPP.
I spent 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.
I was most recently the Executive Director of the California Fire Safe Council, where I built programs and raised resources to support the 150+ Fire Safe Councils around the state, including revising the website www.cafiresafecouncil.org, and creating 2 million brochures on hardened homes and defensible space that are being shared with residents throughout the state.