NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Planning

Help the NCRP Develop a Plan to Support Forest and Community Health!

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The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) was awarded $4.25 million in funding from the California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation for planning and the identification and implementation of local and regional projects to improve forest health and increase fire resiliency. Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues through California Climate Investments, the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFC) aims to help communities prioritize, develop, and implement projects strengthen fire resiliency, increase carbon sequestration, and facilitate greenhouse gas reductions. Please see the NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program Block Grant Work Plan for more information.

NCRP RFFC Demonstration Projects and Processes

NCRP RFFC Demonstration Projects and Processes

Nearly $1.8 million of the NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program funding will go to fund two rounds of demonstration projects that are scalable, replicable, measurable, innovative and result in outcomes that will increase the scope and scale of multi-benefit forest management in the North Coast region.

 

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On May 22, the NCRP received 15 project proposals in response to the NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Planning Request for Concept Proposals for Demonstration Projects and Processes for a total request of nearly $2.7 million. On June 15, the NCRP TPRC convened a Technical Project Review meeting to discuss the project concept proposals and select a draft suite of Priority Projects. For more information, please see the TPRC Round 2 Project Proposal Review Summary. The Policy Review Panel reviewed and approved the following Priority Demonstration Projects on June 19 at the NCRP Quarterly Meeting.

Dry Creek Rancheria, Vegetation Management and Demonstration Project Using Native Vegetation and TEK $196,000
Center for Social & Environmental Stewardship, Fire School Pilot Program at Lake Sonoma & Dry Creek $109,714
Sonoma Ecology Center, Use of Portable Field Kilns to Process Biomass and Make Biochar $122,883
Scott River Watershed Council, Siskiyou County Fuel Reduction, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Soil Health Amendment Demonstration Using Innovative Carbon Sequestering Biochar Technology $158,042
Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC, Forest Fuel Hazard Reduction and Utilization/Oak Woodland Restoration $87,040
Eel River Recovery Project, Tenmile Creek Watershed Forest Health Pilot Project $120,000
Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, Redwood Region Greenhouse Gas Calculator Toolkit $41,900

NCRP RFFC Demonstration Projects and Processes, Round 2 

California Land Stewardship Institute, Developing a tool to test and demonstrate the feasibility of livestock grazing for fuel reduction and ecosystem enhancement $189,290
Center for Social & Environmental Stewardship, Fire School Pilot Program at Lake Sonoma & Dry Creek $141,940
Healdsburg Fire Department, Fitch Mountain Fire Resiliency and Russian River Watershed Protection Plan $165,000
Conservation Biology Institute, A Multi-Agency Strategy for Implementing Wildfire Hazard Reduction Projects in the Lake Sonoma Watershed $240,498
Dry Creek Rancheria, Vegetation Management and Demonstration Project Using Native Vegetation and TEK $245,000
Eel River Recovery Project, Tenmile Creek Watershed Forest Health Pilot Project $150,000
Forest Reciprocity Group, Forest and Mill Restoration for Fire Safe Housing Outcomes $250,000
Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Forest Stewardship Project Tracking $145,240
County of Humboldt Economic Development Division, USFS Bio-Mass – Converting Waste to Cash Flow $199,772
Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC, Forest Fuel Hazard Reduction and Utilization/Oak Woodland Restoration $108,800
Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, Redwood Region Greenhouse Gas Calculator Toolkit $61,480
Round Valley Indian Tribes, Learning to Burn $240,922
Scott River Watershed Council, Siskiyou County Fuel Reduction, Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Soil Health Amendment Demonstration Using Innovative Carbon Sequestering Biochar Technology $197,553
Scott River Watershed Council, Klamath Meadow Restoration Planning Demonstration Project $194,600
Sonoma Ecology Center, Use of Portable Field Kilns to Process Biomass and Make Biochar $153,604

 

NCRP RFFC Demonstration Projects and Processes, Round 1

On March 13, the NCRP received 18 project proposals in response to the NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Planning Request for Concept Proposals for Demonstration Projects and Processes for a total request of approximately $3 million. The Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) conducted their technical review meeting via conference call on March 30 to discuss the project proposals and select a draft suite of Priority Projects. The Policy Review Panel reviewed and approved the following Priority Demonstration Projects on April 3 at the NCRP Quarterly Meeting for a total amount of $916,421.

Karuk Tribe, Burning Across Boundaries: An Inter-Tribal Collaborative Planning Project for Increased Wildfire Resiliency in the North Coast Region $199,755
Mattole Restoration Council, Prosper Ridge Prairie Restoration Project $123,800
Mid Klamath Watershed Council, NCRP Strategic Fire Planning and WKRP State-and-Transition Modeling $200,000
Northwest California Resource Conservation & Development Council, California Resource & Habitat Zone Development $89,650
Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District, Siskiyou County Collaborative Prescribed Burn Association and Demonstration Projects $98,400
Watershed Research and Training Center, North Coast All Hands All Lands Prescribed Fire Team $144,816

NCRP RFFC Concept Proposals for Demonstration Projects and Processes

On March 30, the NCRP TPRC conducted a technical review meeting to discuss the project concept proposals and select a draft suite of Priority Projects. For more information, please see the TPRC PROJECT PROPOSAL REVIEW SUMMARY.

California Land Stewardship Institute, Developing a tool to test and demonstrate the feasibility of livestock grazing for fuel reduction and ecosystem enhancement

Forestscapes, Roadside Biochar production for one acre of roadside fuels reduction

Healdsburg Fire Department, Fitch Mountain Fire Resiliency and Russian River Watershed Protection Plan

Hoopa Valley Tribe, Mill 1 Post-Fire Forest Restoration and Firewood Sales Project

Humboldt Economic Development Division, USFS Bio-Mass – Converting Waste to Cash Flow

Humboldt Redwood Company, Dual Exemption Fire Security and Oak Woodland Restoration

Humbots Data & Analysis, IGNIS Fire Starting Drone

Humbots Data & Analysis, Post Fire Emergency Response

Humbots Data & Analysis, UAV – Structure from Motion – Carbon Inventory

Karuk Tribe, Burning Across Boundaries: An Inter-Tribal Collaborative Planning Project for Increased Wildfire Resiliency in the North Coast Region

Mattole Restoration Council, Prosper Ridge Prairie Restoration Project

Mid Klamath Watershed Council, NCRP Strategic Fire Planning and WKRP State-and-Transition Modeling

Northwest California Resource Conservation & Development Council, California Resource & Habitat Zone Development

Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District, Siskiyou County Collaborative Prescribed Burn Association and Demonstration Projects

Sonoma Ecology Center, Falk Forestry Carbonator 500 Test Project

Sonoma Ecology Center, Use of Portable Field Kilns to Process Biomass and Make Biochar

Sonoma Resource Conservation District, North Coast Forestry Education Program – Inspiring the Next Generation

Watershed Research and Training Center, North Coast All Hands All Lands Prescribed Fire Team

Requests for Proposals

On March 15, the NCRP announced that it was seeking concept proposals for demonstration processes and on-the-ground projects designed to test concepts, methods, and innovative techniques to identify effective management practices for fuel load reduction and forest health. The deadline for submission of all proposal materials was May 22, 2020. Round 2 Demonstration Projects and Processes Solicitation Materials:

On February 12, the NCRP announced that it was seeking proposals from eligible North Coast entities to assist in the development of a Regional Priority Plan that will include a comprehensive and integrated set of strategies, actions and projects to support forest, watershed and community health and long-term resilience to wildfire. The NCRP sought support in three areas – Forest Advisors, Technical Consultants, and Demonstration Projects. Applications were due March 13, 2020.

Request for Proposals Questions & Answers

Tribal and County Forest Advisors

The NCRP seeks letters of interest from qualified representatives from groups and Tribes in the region, to provide technical review and input on regional and sub-regional priority project planning. In addition, Forestry Advisors will inform and review the development of a process for the allocation of technical support for project development and permitting. The NCRP is seeking Forestry Advisors with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • In depth knowledge of forest health and forest ecosystems in the North Coast region, including their role in carbon sequestration, climate adaptation, maintaining biological diversity and culturally-significant natural and historic values, human health and safety, sustaining local economies, and water quality and supply. Demonstration of experience in this field.
  • In depth knowledge of wildfire risks, hazards, and ignition sources as well as an understanding of fuel loading, fire behavior characteristics, and fire management and wildfire response.
  • Experience working with California Tribes, a deep understanding of Tribal practices, and the ability to work with a variety of North Coast Tribes
  • Understanding and experience with Traditional management of wild lands and cultural burns, includes the practical application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in relationship to restoring and protecting fire resilient landscapes and cultural use areas.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in identifying shared values and priorities among diverse partnerships using processes that balance wildfire risks and hazards with community, economic, cultural, and natural values and assets.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in the identification, prioritization, and design of forest management techniques to establish healthy and resilient forests and achieve other benefits; using methods such as prescribed fire, cultural burning, forest thinning and sustainable timber harvest, grazing, and habitat restoration.
  • Knowledge of and work experience in the landscape and human communities of the North Coast region.
  • Knowledge of and work experience in forest economics, policy, permitting, code enforcement and regulation
  • Knowledge of biomass utilization techniques and emerging industry trends
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with forest thinning, prescribed fire, and biomass processing workforce development and crew training, including the associated maintenance of existing and acquisition of new equipment and infrastructure.