KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
February 19, 2004
Attending: Marcine Hughes, John Hughes, Delores Walmer, Robin
Wyatt-Little, Richard Olson, Sharon Rooney, Jim Davis, Emily Diggles,
Matt Pontes, Ken Stevens, Margie Clack, Ginny Cuny, Dan Anglin and
Call to Order: 8:30 A.M.
Minutes: Minutes of the January 15, 2004 were read. Motion to approve:
Sharon 1st, Delores 2nd. Unanimous approval.
Treasurer’s Report: Sharon Rooney reported a balance of $1,027.41.
Motion to accept:
Robin 1st, Delores 2nd. Report accepted.
KCFD: Fire Crews will be supervised by Jim Rocha (Rio Bravo Hotshots)
and Randy Griffin (KCFD Crew.) Approximately 20 crew members combined
will be on board by March 22, 2004.
GRANTS: Rich Olson reports that Sawmill fuels reduction project is a
go with the T&E and Arc studies completed. One mortar hole site was
identified and will be flagged even thought the project site is not
that close. Rich said that as soon as the crews are available they may
begin by “brushing” the roadside.
Other grant projects are progressing with required T&E/Arc studies as
well as the Biological studies. The Alta Sierra grant projects will
proceed as soon as weather permits. Rodgers Road will begin first
because it is at a lower elevation with less weather restrictions.
Robin has requested permission from Sacramento Regional Foundation/BLM
to use remaining funds in the Coordinator Grant for website costs,
liability insurance for FSC,
digital camera for photo monitoring of projects, red flag alert
project, poster contest and possible FireSafe demonstration gardens.
No word back as yet.
SCE: Mike Jones mentioned his concern over the increasing beetle
damage to trees in the Kern River Valley. Discussion followed
regarding potential funding to deal with this problem through the Kern
County Forestry Plan. Rich Olson feels this is a fuels issue.
Kern County Parks: Matt Pontes is completing an article about the Bark
Beetle which will be used to help educate the general public. It was
agreed this article should eventually be on the website.
WEBSITE: Margie Clack and Jim Davis introduced Dick Sampson the new
website manager. Dick explained his vision for the site and agreed to
handle the transition of the domain site and ISP contract. Dick will
write up his contract for two years and once approved by the Board,
will be paid. The Board thanked Dick for his willingness to manage the
website at a reduced rate and his participation in the FSC. It was
agreed that to simplify the website content, all material must be
presented to Jim Davis and Margie Clack and they will determine what
gets forwarded to Dick for the site. Robin will forward the minutes of
all meetings directly to Dick. Updates for FSC calendar will also go
directly to Dick.
FSC Calendar was discussed, noting all FSC presentations and upcoming
Robin passed out insurance information provided by the State FSC.
Sharon Rooney agreed to take a look at it and research quotes.
Marcine reported she has been in touch with Cindy Thiehl (FS) and
Debbie Hess (SCE)
regarding the poster contest. Marcine has been checking out costs for
Motion to adjourn: Robin 1st, Margie 2nd. Meeting adjourned at 9:25
Respectfully Submitted by: Robin Wyatt-Little, Secretary