Greater Ross Valley Shaded Fuel Break Project

Use slider bar above to explore an example of a shaded fuelbreak, before and after treatment

This project is a collaboration of the Greater Ross Valley fire agencies (Marin County Fire Department, Ross Valley Fire Department, Kentfield Fire Protection District, and Central Marin Fire Department) and includes mapping, modeling, project design, collaboration with potential partner agencies, public outreach and community meetings, field surveys, and environmental compliance for a shaded fuel break that would be located directly adjacent to communities in the Greater Ross Valley. This project would reduce fire risk to several WUI communities and thousands of residents while improving forest and ecosystem health by reducing non-native plant cover. Future years would include phased implementation of recommended vegetation management activities along the shaded fuel break.

SITE VISIT:

On August 17, 2022, MWPA, Ecologically Sound Practices Partnership, Marin County Parks, and Central Marin Fire hosted a field trip to see part of the first phase of the Greater Ross Valley Shaded Fuel Break. Nearly 50 people attended. Check back here in the near future for photos from this event.

Date: Wednesday, August 17

Time: 9:30-noon

Location: Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Preserve

PUBLIC MEETING (7/26/22):

Thank you to everyone who joined online and in person on July 26, 2022 to hear about the first phases of project implementation. Presentations, posters, and handouts will be posted below in the very near future.

Presentation Video: Available here

Presentation Slides: Available here

Project Map Posters:

     Poster 1: Overall Project Area

     Poster 2: Phase 1 Project Area

     Poster 3: CalVTP Process

     Poster 4: Treatments within the Project Area

Project Summary Handout: Available here

Meeting Details:

    Date and time: July 26, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30pm (presentations and webinar started at 6:15pm)

    Location: Sleepy Hollow Community Center at 1317 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960

    Webinar option: A remote option was provided. This link has expired but the presentation may be viewed using the video link provided above.

ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS:

The Greater Ross Valley Shaded Fuel Break Planning Project (GRVSFB) includes activities covered by CAL FIRE’s California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). That analysis is available here: Project Specific Analysis (PSA)-Addendum

PUBLIC MEETING (3/10/22): 

The MWPA and participating member agencies hosted a public meeting on March 10, 2022, to share information about the Greater Ross Valley Shaded Fuel Break Project:

Topics included:

• A description of the project and its goals and objectives

• Fuels management methods and monitoring

• California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) environmental review process

Public Meeting Announcement

Meeting Agenda

Main Presentation Slides

Breakout Room 1 Slides: Vegetation Treatments

Breakout Room 2 Slides: Methods and Modeling

Breakout Room 3 Slides: Environmental Resources and Compliance Process

Video: Main Presentation and Breakout Room 1 (all 3 sessions)

Video: Breakout Room 2 (all 3 sessions)

Video: Breakout Room 3 (all 3 sessions)

To receive info regarding future project meetings, please send an email to: GRVSFB@panoramaenv.com

MORE PROJECT RESOURCES:

Draft Project Area Maps (updated 3/10/22)

To view the project area spatially, click on this link: Overview KMZ to open up a KMZ file. This file is viewable using Google Earth and allows the user to navigate and zoom into different parts of the project area. Note that the Overview KMZ shows the shaded fuel break as 300 feet wide, although typically fuel and forest health restoration treatments would occur within a 200-foot-wide zone. To install Google Earth please follow these instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions - Greater Ross Valley Shaded Fuel Break

Status

Implementation

Approval Meeting

June 16, 2022

CEQA Documentation

PSA-Addendum
PSA-Addendum

Zone/Location

Central Marin
Marin wild fire projects

Project Type

Shaded/ Non-shaded Fuel Break

Lead Agency

MWPA in collaboration with Central Marin Fire Department
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