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Trinity County Resource Conservation District (RCD)

Conservation District

Trinity County Resource Conservation District (RCD)

PO Box 1450 Weaverville, CA 96093

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Address:
PO Box 1450
Weaverville
CA 96093
Interests:
  • Communications/outreach
  • Evacuation outreach
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Local workforce capacity building
  • Watershed protection/management
  • Wildfire risk assessment
Non-Member Affiliations:
  • California Resource Conservation Districts

Trinity County RCD facilitates the Trinity County Fire Safe Council and many fuel reduction projects throughout the county. Trinity County RCD has been part of writing the Trinity County Community Wildfire Protection Plan and associated updates for the past 20 years.

Trinity County Community Wildfire Protection Plan 2020 Update

Trinity County RCD will be updating the County's Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This plan helps to identify and prioritize fuel reduction projects throughout Trinity County. Priority projects identified through this process may be eligible for future grant funded hazard fuel reduction work. Many priority CWPP fuel treatment projects have been implemented in communities such as Lewiston, Trinity Center, and Weaverville. Community meetings will provide an overview of the CWPP process, discuss local fire conditions, and ask the community to review infrastructure and identify needed fuel reduction projects. Community members will be able to rank the projects. The meetings will provide tools for neighborhoods complete to risk assessments and discuss wildfire preparedness and evacuation plans. Personnel from CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, local Volunteer Fire Departments, Trinity County Office of Emergency Services, and Watershed Research and Training Center have agreed to participate in these meetings as available. The data collected at these meetings will be complied into maps for the CWPP 2020 update. Local fire officials will then give their ranking of the projects. Project ranking will also include fire history, recent fuel reduction projects, and fuel loading. Furthermore, the CWPP process will evaluate the current Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) boundaries and establish modifications based on community growth over the last five years. The Trinity County RCD and FSC have been a part of developing the County’s CWPP since the first drafting in 1999, signed in 2001. This will be the project’s fourth update. This project is funded by CAL FIRE.

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Fuel Reduction Program

The District has been implementing fuels reduction projects in Trinity County for well over 20 years. Since the inception of the program, our crews have thinned thousands of acres of forest and created hundreds of miles of shaded fuel breaks. These actions protect homes, assist firefighters, and improve vital ecosystems. Fuels reduction is a process that reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire by strategically removing certain types of vegetation. There are multiple ways to accomplish fuels reduction. The method most commonly employed by the District involves a crew that removes the most problematic vegetation by hand, while retaining plants and trees that are ecologically and aesthetically important. Other methods include prescribed fire and machine mastication. Each method has benefits and drawbacks, but ultimately the process of fuels reduction creates a healthier, more resilient landscape with a reduced risk of uncontrolled wildfire.

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Trinity County Fire Safe Council

The Trinity County RCD coordinates the Trinity County Fire Safe Council which was founded in 1999. The Trinity County Fire Safe Council (FSC) seeks to improve cooperation and coordination in all aspects of wildfire management in Trinity County. Members include representative from local, state and federal land management agencies, non-governmental agencies including local Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) and citizens. This council meets monthly to discuss ongoing fuel reduction projects within the county, upcoming grant opportunities, announce related news or code changes, and develop future projects.

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