Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council Electronic Meeting
Attendance: Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Sharon Rooney, Christine Hancock, Gordon
Hancock, Chris Horgan, and Kimberley Cushman
President's Activities: Our grant proposal to the Resource Advisory
Committee (RAC) for Defensible Space Demonstration and Assistance for Hardship
Cases for $6,000 has been approved by the Sequoia Forest Supervisor. I have
initiated the cooperative agreement paperwork required for award.
We received a signed contract from Ken Delfino
as our new grant administrator.
Chipper Day Committee materials were delivered
to Don Davis who has agreed to be our Chipper Day Committee chairman for
The KRVFSC CWPP will be updated in December
when the maps are available so that the update can be referenced in the 2012
grant project proposal(s).
Nominations. The following nominees for the
2011 Board of Directors were made at our 18 November 2010 Stakeholder's
Meeting: Terry Bolt Kimberley Cushman Don Davis Tom Gelder Christine Hancock
Gordon Hancock Sharon Rooney Ed Royce Lloyd Smith. We will elect the new BoD
at our 17 February 2011 meeting. The new BoD can elect officers and make
committee assignments shortly after the election during the Stakeholder's
Meeting. I sent 2010 committee goals and objectives to new candidates Terry
Bolt and Tom Gelder.
I reserved Supervisor McQuiston's conference
room for our 2011 meeting cycle.
The next stakeholders meeting will be
Thursday, 17 February 2011, 0930 to 1130 in Supervisor McQuiston's
conference room. The first stakeholder's meeting of the new year will be
Treasurer's Report-Sharon Rooney
Check for $3,990.00 was paid to Patrick Pontes for the USDA Forest Service
I will be sending 1099 to Patrick Pontes for monies paid to him in 2010 as
our Grant Administrator.
Fund Raising Committee-Lloyd Smith
A total of $3,235 has been donated so far during this calendar year. We
received no contributions this period.
Education Committee/Speaker's Bureau-Ed Royce
On 11 December, Ed and Nickie Washington made a presentation on how to make
their homes fire safe to members of the community of Valley View. Since our
visit in October, the community has had all of their slash accumulation burned
(unclear whether it was by USFS or KCFD). Nickie believes there is need for a
major fuel reduction project on the undeveloped private property in the lower
part of the community inside and adjacent to the USFS project donut. Ed
explained the realities of the funding cycle for projects under the state FSC.
The community may seek funding under the RAC process for a part of the work. We
will need to stay involved.
At the Kern FSC meeting (Ed attended for Lloyd), Ed raised the issue of
funding to support printing and distribution of a 2011 edition of "Living
with Fire." Don Brady stated that KCFD would have no funds for the purpose.
Don took an action to explore external funding sources, possibly for a
county-wide edition carrying advertising.
Website Committee Report-Ed Royce No activity
Grants Committee Report-Ed Royce
Ongoing 2010 Projects: On the 2010 Burma Interagency Extension
Project, the crew has completed a total of about 28 acres of the 41 acre
project. Remaining acres are mainly restoration work on Rogers Road. On the 2010
Bodfish III project, the crew has completed about 6 acres. Crews have completed
about 32 acres on the USFS Alta Sierra-Wofford Heights project, all cleanup in
the timber sale area.
2011 Projects: As of the reporting date, on our approved 2011
projects, Lake Isabella and Mountain Shadows, we were awaiting project
initiation correspondence with the state FSC. (Since then we have received and
Lloyd has signed off on the "subaward letter," which is our contract
At the Kern FSC meeting on the 15th, Derrick Davis (newly promoted to Captain
Davis) reported that the Mountain Shadows project could not go forward as
planned because the new owner of a majority of the land involved was unwilling
to sign the "license to enter" required to permit the work. Derrick
proposed a relocation of the project to adjacent land -- which would still
provide protection for the Mountain Shadows community. Ed, Patrick, and Don
Brady gave preliminary approval of the relocation, based on a preliminary map
that Derrick showed. (Since then the state FSC (Cathy Brooke) has be notified
that there is a problem, and appropriate revised maps and a rationale for the
change have been prepared for submission to the FSC.)
2012 Proposals: Because of uncertainties with the federal budget,
workshops for preparation of 2012 proposals have been temporarily postponed, and
the deadline for submission of proposals has been postponed to 1 April 2011.
Other: At the Kern FSC meeting, Don Brady said that KCFD would support
our $6000 Defensible Space Demonstration (Demonstration Lot) and Assistance for
Hardship Cases project.