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 www.cafiresafecouncil.org, 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.