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Multidiciplinary Fuels Reduction Training

Fuel reduction treatements remove or alter vegetation so that when fires occur, they burn less severly and are easier to suppress. The process may include thinning dense areas of vegetation, limbing up mature trees, and reducing dead standing or downded fuel.

Done correctly, hazardous fuel reduction can:

  • Reduce risk for catestrophic wildfire
  • Improve forest health
  • Maintain native biodiversity
  • Improve safety outcomes for residents and emergency response personel

HERE IS A PRIMER on the basics about how to prune correctly.

Use this page to learn about essential considerations to keep in mind when beginning a fuels reduction project.

Indigenous Perspective:

Featuring Kathy McCovey, Karuk Tribal member & Cultural and Natural Resource Specialist.

Aborist Considerations:

Featuring Chris Bennet, local Mendocino County arborist. 

Tools & Safety:

Featuring Chris Bennet, local Mendocino County arborist. 

Forestry & CA Native Species:

Featuring Dr. Mike Jones, UCANR Forestry Advisor, Mary Mayeda, NRCS Regional Forester, and Dr. Jen Riddel.

Chipper Safety:

Featuring Frank Gouveia, RDO Equipment Company Representative.

Grant funding for this project was made available thanks to the California State Coastal Conservancy.