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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

028 Area Natural Resources Advisor - Fire and Restoration Issues Advisor

Proposed Location/Housing

San Diego

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Diego (headquarters),Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.


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Thank you for providing the chance to comment on this proposal.

I agree that it would be good to have more dedicated researchers and outreach workers on the interface between fire and people.

The issue I am concerned about is that there already is a group doing just this, led by Jon Keeley who is at USGS and an adjunct professor at UCLA (and very surprisingly, not listed in the proposal). In fact, there is quite a lot of divergent advice and research coming from multiple quarters, including Dr. Minnich (as mentioned), Dr. Keeley's group, advocacy groups like CNPS and the California Chaparral Institute, urban forestry advocates, and insurance companies. It doesn't particularly matter what the person in the proposed position advocates or how good their evidence is, if they are not careful, their message is likely to simply join the cacophony, rather than help anyone. Southern California land managers are not precisely lacking in outreach and education. What I suspect they are lacking more is a way to figure out a way forward, given the conflicting demands and divergent information they receive from all of us. Ideally, I would hope that the person in this position would be as much a mediator and an integrator as a researcher.

Thanks for taking my comment.
Posted Jul 2, 2014 1:56 PM by Frank Landis
On behalf of the Council for Watershed Health, I am pleased to submit this comment in support for the following proposed Southern California Natural Resources Advisors: Fire and Restoration Advisor and Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor.

The Council has a long history of watershed coordination and currently holds a Department of Conservation Watershed Coordinator grant. Our Watershed Coordinators work closely with local agencies to provide property owners high impact educational materials and seminars that seek to educate and inspire water efficient and fire-safe landscapes. Despite our best efforts, many property owners struggle to maintain landscapes sustainably. They are confused by brush clearance programs that send conflicting messages about how much they should remove and how far from structures they must reduce fuels. In many areas, over-clearance is causing erosion and the exacerbating already problematic invasive plant infestations. Additionally, urban forest pests are going undetected because outreach efforts are sporadic and targeted only to those areas where there are known infestations.

There is a significant need in our region for ecological restoration practitioners with expertise in urban watersheds. With the number of projects being developed along the our river systems, including the coming one-billion dollars in LA River projects, our region is in desperate need of Fire and Restoration and Forestry and Natural Resources Advisors who can educate both the public and private sector habitat restoration design best practices as well ecologically sensitive fuel modification and maintenance. With the support of these positions, local agencies will be able to implement more cost-effective urban forest management, fuel modification and restoration plans that ensure a resourceful use of public funding while protecting natural resources. We think both Fire and Restoration and Forestry and Natural Resources Advisors are essential in our region and that their efforts will often dovetail to create truly integrated effective solutions to current strains and impacts on Southern California’s natural resources.

Our Vision 2025 pushes us to work toward a Southern California that is a model of sustainable, urban watershed management, with clean waters, reliable local water supplies, restored native habitats, ample parks and open spaces, integrated flood management, and revitalized rivers and urban centers. We believe these positions will facilitate an important step towards this Vision and thus we are happy to lend our support.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (213) 229-9945.

Nancy L.C. Steele, D. Env.
Executive Director, Council for Watershed Health
Posted Jul 3, 2014 12:48 PM by Nancy Steele
Fire is a unique issue to California given its Mediterranean climate, largely undeveloped mountains and large urban populations abutting those undeveloped forested areas. This fire and restoration issues advisor is of top importance in San Diego County and the rest of Southern California. This potential position could integrate well with several campus and federal researchers working on fire science issues, as well as with many local agencies working on implementing best management practices with regards to fire prevention, management and restoration. In addition there is a strong support base for this position, this advisor could interact with public and homeowner organizations (like fire safe councils among others), local fire departments and fire organizations (county and state fire departments, and area safety task forces) as well as federal agencies (NRCS, USGS, USFS, ...). I am asked to work on fire issues and often do not have enough time to adequately cover this topic given my many other priorities and the large need for this issue. An advisor that focuses on these issues could be very successful.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 12:00 PM by Chris McDonald
As a statewide UCCE specialist in wildfire housed in the southern part of the state, I can vouch for the serious need for this new fire and restoration advisor in southern California. Few issues are more pressing than fire and how to manage fire-prone ecosystems in this part of the state. There are many different academic and agency programs that this position could collaborate with for both research and extension activities. The complex tradeoffs and interactions between managing fire hazard and natural ecosystem processes here – often different challenges than faced in other fire-prone parts of the state – will only intensify as population expands and climates change.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:03 PM by Max Moritz
As an educator and a planning commissioner in Glendale, the position of a statewide UCCE specialist in wildfire in Southern California is both critical and necessary. Although active researchers work within the large area covered by this proposed position, a single individual could coordinate and educate. We have too few official fire and restoration advisers to educate both politicians and wild land interface communities. The task is huge, and even one position will be taxed in fulfilling the duties indicated. I am in strong support of adding this position to this very densely populated area of California with the amazing chaparel ecosystems of southern California
Posted Jul 21, 2014 1:21 PM by stephanie landregan
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:54 PM by [Deleted]
Stephanie V. Landregan, Landscape Architecture Program Director
Gardening and Horticulture Program Director UCLA Extension
FASLA, LEED® AP, Program Director President, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:54 PM by Sabrina Drill
Sorry, forgot my signature
Stephanie Landregan, FASLA
Director UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program
Director UCLA Extension Horticulture and Gardening Program
President, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB)
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:56 PM by stephanie landregan
While there is a great deal of research and planning in the areas of fire ecology, management, and restoration, this is an exceedingly complex area that can only benefit from greater coordination and communication. Parts of the Tehachapi Mountains and Transverse Ranges are experiencing significant tree mortality. Management of these forests and the inevitable wildfires that shape them is a high priority topic with implications for the unique biodiversity of the state. I support the recruitment of this position to help bring needed resources to this important area of California.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:01 PM by Michael White
Michael White, PhD
Conservation Science Director
Tejon Ranch Conservancy
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:47 PM by Michael White
I developed this position because, as Natural Resources Advisor for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, I am in a position to continuously assess the needs of my clientele, and through my work on fire preparation, management, and recovery, as well as issues related to the conservation of native plant communities, I am consistently finding that the interest and needs of clientele in urban and interface parts of Southern California is greater than our current crew can fulfill. An additional advisor with a background in fire and restoration ecology would not only have a ready cohort of clientele to work with, she or he would be able to leverage the considerable expertise ANR and UC supports in a variety of campus programs to the benefit of clientele and natural and urban ecosystems.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 5:05 PM by Sabrina Drill

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