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Fuels Management Support
Prevention is the first step in saving lives and preparing communities for wildfire hazards. At Sequoia, we are experts in planning to reduce and avoid environmental constraints that can lead to the need for permits and project delays. Our approach to fuels management planning saves time and money that can be redistributed in other high-priority areas.
From project planning stages through safety training and project implementation, our biologists coordinate directly with fire crews and vegetation removal contractors to ensure that best practices are being implemented.
Work with fire crews to develop fire prescriptions
Biological monitoring during construction
Environmental training for fire crews and vegetation removal contractors
Habitat assessment surveys
Sensitive species and resource surveys
Surveys for signs of plant infection related to
increased fuel loads
Permit interpretation and recommendations for communication with USFWS and CDFW
Habitat restoration planning, implementation, and
NORTH ORINDA SHADED FUEL BREAK (NOSFB) PROJECT
Moraga-Orinda Fire District's (MOFD's) 1,429-acre, 19.3-linear mile project created a shaded fuel break to establish a defensible space for potential wildfire in the Moraga-Orinda-Lafayette hills. Sequoia worked closely with MOFD and ground crews to minimize environmental impacts to wildlife and protected plants during work at each of the project's 55 units.
Sequoia assisted MOFD with permit interpretation, biological surveys, environmental training for crews, environmental compliance monitoring, agency coordination, communication with the public, mapping, and contractor coordination. Upon completion of work in each unit, Sequoia biologists conducted post-work surveys of the treated areas, documenting changes to habitat. More information on the project can be found at www.mofd.org/shadedfuelbreak.
EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT (EBRPD) FUELS MANAGEMENT
Sequoia is assisting EBRPD with implementation of their Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan at 40 sites throughout the District’s service territory. Sequoia coordinates communication and monthly update meetings with the District, manages and supervises field activities, performs surveys for special status species such as Pallid manzanita, assesses habitat quality for Alameda striped racer, identifies signs of infection by Phytophthora cinnamomi, and provides biological monitoring services for implementation of Avoidance and Minimization Measures during fuels treatment activities.
Sequoia has been assisting in development and implementation of pre- and post-treatment vegetation monitoring. This involves testing and refining survey methods for the mitigation and monitoring plan, documenting vegetation type and cover prior to, immediately following, and annually after fuels treatments.