Forest and Fuels Management
In Tehama County it's not a matter of if, but when wildfire will occur near you.
Contributing to wildfire readiness is a top priority of the RCDTC. Wildfire has been a natural resource concern of ours for over a decade. We facilitate the preparation and maintenance of Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Tehama-Glenn Fire Safe Council efforts, and provide wildfire readiness workshops and educational outreach. We work with large and small-scale landowners to reduce vegetative fuels on their property.
TinderSmart Tehama is a suite of wildfire readiness services to include free Defensible Space Assistance, Cost-Share Vegetation Treatments, Hazard Tree Removal, and Community Chipping to residents within Tehama County's State Responsibility Area (SRA), Local Responsibility Area (LRA), or Wild-Urban Interface (WUI) zones. It is a collaborative effort of the RCDTC and its nonprofit the Tehama Conservation Fund. TinderSmart Tehama is grant funded; therefore, services are provided intermitedly. Find out more here.
Mineral & Stringtown Hazard Tree Removal
The RCDTC has partnered with the Mineral Firewise USA® Council to implement Phase I of the Mineral & Stringtown Hazard Tree Removal Project. This project will ultimately serve Mineral's Cool-Air, Lassen Alpine Village, and Meadowview subdivisions in addition to Stringtown at no additional cost to residents to tread dead, dying, and diseased trees, and trees that violate Public Resources Code 4291.
Surrey Village & Wilcox Roadside Vegetation Treatment
This Project serves the Surrey Village and Wilcox neighborhoods, Manton, and Mill Creek. Project work addresses hazardous roadside vegetation to improve resident evacuation routes (egress) and the ability of emergency personnel to access the area (ingress) in the event of wildfire.
Tehama-Glenn Fire Safe Council
The Tehama-Glenn Fire Safe Council (TGFSC) is co-led by RCDTC and was formed in 2000 to address issues related to wildfire and fire safety through community-based Fire Prevention Education. The TGFSC is formally recognized as a Fire Safe Council by the California Fire Safe Council. Find out more here.
Tehama Mendocino Fuel Reduction Partnership
The Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (RCDTC), Mendocino National Forest, and adjacent landowners have designed a large landscape restoration and fuel reduction project that will reestablish natural fire regimes and stabilize ecological functions.
The FireScape Mendocino collaborative is part of a national grassroots stakeholder process through the U.S. Fire Learning Network that addresses forest health related planning, implementation, adaptive management and the sharing of lessons learned. FireScape Mendocino serves the Mendocino National Forest footprint including Paskenta, Stonyford, Upper Lake/North Shore, Lake Pillsbury, and Covelo/Eel River.
Lassen Volcanic National Park: Campground Fuels Reduction
RCDTC in collaboration with the National Parks Service assisted with the removal of dead and downed forest material in the park resulting from increased tree mortality. This tree removal project helped inform the National Parks Service of different tree removal methods and their cost comparisons to help future fuels reduction efforts be more efficient, low-impact, and cost effective.
Onion Ridge Fuel Break
The Onion Ridge L-Line Fuel Break Project created safe access for wildland firefighters to access rugged and remote country, while also providing additional protection for two important fish-bearing watersheds. The Project was successfully implemented and the shaded fuel break was established along a 25 mile long road system.
West Tehama Roadside Fuels Treatment
This shaded vegetation treatment entails cutting, chipping, mastication, and herbicide applications along 6.2 miles of secondary roads that connect with the Bowman Road artery in Cottonwood, CA. The total number of treated acres will be approximately 225.
Manton Roadside Fuel Break
The Manton Roadside Fuel Treatments Project implements roadside vegetation treatments (cutting, chipping and herbicide applications) along 22.01 miles of paved roads (800 acres of treatment area) within and surrounding the Manton urban area.