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Tracy Katelman

Tracy Katelman

POB 1276 Eureka, CA 95502

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POB 1276
CA 95502
  • 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
Existing Member Affiliations:

I’m a Registered Professional Forester in northwestern California. I’ve been working on community fire planning 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’m currently working on the 2nd update to the Humboldt County, CA CWPP.

I spent the last 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. (PS – My website is horribly out of date, we’re updating it this year, stay tuned!)

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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