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.
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
Location: Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Preserve
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
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.
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
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:
• A description of the project and its goals and objectives
• Fuels management methods and monitoring
• California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) environmental review process
To receive info regarding future project meetings, please send an email to: GRVSFB@panoramaenv.com
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.