Board of Directors and Stakeholders Meeting Supervisor McQuiston's Conference
Room, Lake Isabella 19 August 2010
Board of Directors Meeting
Meeting was convened at 9:00 by the President, Lloyd Smith. Attendees: Lloyd
Smith, Ed Royce, Christine and Gordon Hancock, and Sharon Rooney. Gordon
Ehmann's resignation was read and accepted by the members of the board. Lloyd
reminded the board members that we have operated without a vice president and
that we will need to nominate new board members at the November 2010 meeting. We
briefly discuss payment for Patrick Pontes for the Forest Service Cooperative
Agreement, resolving that Lloyd and Ed would determine an appropriate start time
and the appropriateness of pre-award charges.
Meeting was convened at 9:30 by President Lloyd Smith. Attendees: Nickie
Washington (USFS), Bob Robertson (MRCD), Debbie Santiago (BLM), Derrick Davis (KCFD),
Tom Teofilo The Lodge at Paint Rock), Hayward Mendenhall (Valley View POA), Mike
Lanza (Squirrel Valley POA), Jim Phillips (KCFD), Mary Davis (Alta Sierra POA),
Don Davis (Alta Sierra POA), Penny Lampkin (Alta Sierra POA), Scott Williams (USFS),
Don Brady (KCFD), Penelope Shibley (USFS), Patrick Pontes (KRVFSC Grant
Administrator), Christine Hancock (KRVFSC BoD), Gordon Hancock (KRVFSC BoD), Ed
Royce (KRVFSC BoD), and Lloyd Smith (KRVFSC BoD).
"Kern River Valley Fuel Reduction Projects-Changing Threats and Review
of Priorities", Ed Royce (KRVFSC) (inserted
"Kern County Fire Department Projects in the Kern River Valley",
Don Brady (KCFD) (presentation)
"2010 Grant Funded Fuel reduction Projects", Patrick Pontes (KRVFSC
Grant Administrator) (insert below)
"Interagency Fuels Treatment Effectiveness Review", Scott Williams
Grants (Ed Royce)
+ 2011 grant project proposals approved in June + CFSC grant workshop 25
August (Wednesday) at Santa Barbara + Collaborative meeting 21 October
(Thursday) at 0900 at USFS Kernville conference room
Fundraising (Lloyd Smith)
+Contributions received in 2010 of $1,725. This is behind last year's
Chipper Days (Lloyd Smith)
+ 2010 chipper day at Squirrel Valley, Walker Pass, Mountain Mesa, Isabella
Highlands, Greenhorn Mountains/Alta Sierra, and BMX bike track + Compiling data
for report and archive
Website (Ed Royce)
+ No activity. An update is planned in the next week or two, so please send
me any changes/corrections/additions.
Education/Speaker's Bureau (Lloyd Smith)
+ Distribution of Living With Fire - 5 May + Kern River Preserve presentation
by Chris Horgan - 9 June + Amateur Radio Club presentation by Lloyd Smith - 12
June + Purchased pet stickers for homes (Gordon and Christine Hancock donated
KRVFSC logo stickers) + Roadside sign rotation (Steve Griffin (USFS)) + Radio
station KQAB talk show by Lloyd Smith and Dennis Monahan (KCFD) - 6 August +
Walter Mortensen Insurance provide information pamphlets + Provided KRVFSC
description and logo to Kernville Chamber of Commerce for their website
Kern County Fire Department (Don Brady)
Forest Service (Nickie Washington)
BLM (Debbie Santiago)
Next KRVFSC Meeting: Thursday, 18 November 2010, 9:30-11:30, in Supervisor
McQuiston's conference room, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, CA 93240.
Respectfully submitted by Lloyd Smith 26 August 2010
Committee Reports (Electronic Meeting)
President's Report-Lloyd Smith
President's Activities + Lloyd attended Bull fire information meeting 29 July
in Lake Isabella (80 miles for matching). + Lloyd participated in a 6 August
KQAB Talk Show with Bat Chief Monahan (80 miles for matching). + Lloyd provided
information and logo to Kernville Chamber of Commerce for their website. + Lloyd
resolved payment for the publication and distribution of Living With Fire
between KCFD and the three councils. + Lloyd picked up information pamphlets
from Walter Mortensen Insurance and will leave some at the two Chamber of
Commerce. + Lloyd developed minutes for the August 2010 meeting of the
Fund Raising Committee -- A total of $1,725 has been donated this
calendar year. Received contributions from Southern California Edison ($250)
thanks to Debbie Hess and from Fred and Teresa Zullo ($50) in Walker Basin since
the July reporting period. Thank you letters were sent and a SCE form was
Education Committee/Speaker's Bureau -- Lloyd will delivered a
presentation to Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) at their 1 September in
Kernville providing an update on our projects. + Steve Griffin (USFS) completed
rotation of the roadside signs.
ALL BOARD OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ARE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE AN ACTIVITY
REPORT FOR THE BOD MINUTES.
Website Committee Report -- Ed Royce: No activity. An update is
planned in the next week or two, so please send me any
Grants Committee Report -- Ed Royce Much of the work on
our 2010 Burma Road Extension fuel break project had been completed when the
Bull fire started on 26 July. This fuel break and the US Forest Service 2009
Burma fuel break were important in saving homes along Burma Road and the upper
end of Burlando Road in Kernville. Cathy Brooke of the state FSC will visit the
Bull fire site to view this success in person on 3 September. Undoubtedly, this
success will get wider publicity.
Work has started on our 2010 Bodfish III project.
Patrick has completed quarterly progress reports on the Burma and Bodfish
projects. We have funds to pay for work on both projects and are waiting for a
billing from KCFD.
Work has also started on our Forest Service Alta Sierra project, with the
piling of slash in the county park area and the burning or grinding of some of
the slash. This slash was left over after an earlier cleanup and fuel reduction
project by the county park folk. Roadside fuel reduction is also a major part of
this three-year project and has not started yet. We are waiting for a billing
from KCFD on the work that has been done.
Both of our 2011 fuel reduction project proposals (Lake Isabella and Mountain
Shadows, aka Pala II) are to be funded. Patrick and Ed will be attending the
state FSC mandatory workshop on how to manage grants in Santa Barbara on 25
August. Focus of the workshop will apparently be the 2011 grants, though I'm
sure other issues will come up.
Ed will also be attending a meeting of the Forest Service "Kern and
Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee" on 26 August (teleconference
in Kernville of a meeting in Porterville). It appears that this committee will
be able to make recommendations to the Forest Service for the expenditure of
funds for projects on federal lands or that affect federal lands. Ed will be
seeking clarification of just what this means, how proposals are to be handled,
how much funding will actually be available, and whether fuel reduction is part
of their interest. Kern County Supervisor McQuiston's aid Judy Hyatt and Ed's
Tulare County Supervisor Mike Ennis are members of the committee.
Patrick requests that everyone keep track of miles driven and hours for the
purpose of meeting our match requirements.
Patrick's detailed report is attached.
Kennedy Meadows Report -- Ed Royce: I will be making a presentation
covering all aspects of safety from wildland fire at the meeting of the local
property owners association on 5 September.
RIVER VALLEY FUEL REDUCTION PROJECTS CHANGING THREATS AND REVIEW OF
The meeting of the Collaboration Group in October has as its main objective
the identification of fuel reduction projects that the Council will pursue this
fall for funding in 2012. Lloyd has suggested -- and I agree -- that this annual
process has become increasingly ad hoc. That's not all bad, but annual
repetition of an ad hoc process can lead to less than optimal results.
Background - The Kern River Valley Community Wildfire Protection Plan CWPP
(nee Fire Safe Plan) was prepared for the Council by a contractor in 2002 under
a Forest Service grant. Projects identified in the plan were identified
principally by Rich Olson and Ken Stevens, but the main content of the plan was
the contractor's broad analysis of the threat. In 2005 an inter-agency
Collaboration Group was chartered. Under Scott Williams's leadership, this group
separated the projects from the basic text of the CWPP, so that the project
listing could be updated annually without changing the basic text. This two-part
form is the present form of the CWPP. The CWPP and project listing is available
in local libraries and on krvfiresafecouncil.org (links on the home page or on
the "projects" page).
For completeness, the CWPP lists all projects the US Forest Service or the
BLM plan on their own lands. This listing is to facilitate coordination only,
since the Council has no jurisdiction over these projects. Also listed are all
projects on private lands, both those that are funded through the Council -
generally with work to be done by the Kern County Fire Department - and those
KCFD is pursuing on their own - the latter again listed only to facilitate
coordination. We leave completed projects in the plan to remind ourselves of the
need for maintenance.
Changing Threats - The following are examples of changed conditions that may
make it appropriate to change our perception of the threat that justifies each
Fires that have created open space, e.g. Bull? Fuel breaks now completed --
do they lessen the need for other specific planned fuel breaks? Fuel breaks now
completed on federal land -- do they create specific opportunities for linkages?
Construction of new homes, e.g. Walker Pass area? Changing climate and
vegetation? Regrowth of vegetation and a need for maintenance?
Action Requested - I do not propose any revision of the general threat
treatment in the text of the CWPP. The purpose of this exercise is not to
generate paper. Rather I propose a project by project re-assessment of each Fire
Safe Council project in the plan, with the idea of changing project priorities
or perhaps re-designing the project if appropriate. If we make no changes,
that's OK, too, as long as we've thought about the question. Finally, we will
prioritize all projects that the Council may seek 2012 funding for through the
state FSC Clearing House or through other channels.
I would ask that each agency participating send a representative
knowledgeable -- in detail -- about the fire threat in the Kern River Valley.
This will be a project by project review. Each representative should also be
able to describe his or her agency's projects in enough detail to allow
coordination between projects across agency lines.
--Ed Royce... 19 August, 2010