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Using the CalVTP: New Implementation Tools and Lessons Learned
December 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This webinar will share insights about the latest trends, tips, and practices for agencies, fire safe councils, and landowners seeking to use the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) to implement vegetation treatments. The panel consists of CAL FIRE staff from Sacramento headquarters and the San Luis Obispo Unit and consultants who helped to develop and implement the CalVTP Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR). The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the CalVTP, including its history, what it covers, and preparation of Project-Specific Analysis (PSA) documents and joint PSA and Addenda to the CalVTP Program EIR. New tools and resources developed by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will be introduced, including a set of example PSAs and new implementation tools. The example PSAs include treatments in various vegetation communities and special-status species habitats throughout the state. Implementation tools provide organizational and planning aids to achieve the goal of increasing the pace and scale of critical wildfire resilience treatments while protecting sensitive resources.
Additionally, CAL FIRE will share insights on how we plan and develop our vegetation management treatments and how the CalVTP integrates into the suite of our other management tools. We will explore how to choose and design projects with the highest chance of success while balancing the greater statewide effort to work collaboratively with our many partners. Local partnerships are the foundation to meaningfully restoring our wildlands and the CalVTP continues to provide a solid foundation to move forward with this important objective.
The presentation will cover how field practitioners are approaching CalVTP PSAs from the inception of the project to completion. Topics will include cooperation with other agencies, getting landowners on board, interested party outreach, and creating implementation plans. Case studies will be presented to discuss efficient preparation of PSAs, required consultation with state and federal agencies, and implementation of vegetation treatments.