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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

021 Area Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor - Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Sutter-Yuba

Proposed Area of Coverage

Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties


Associated Documents



The objectives of wildfire safety and forest health outlined in the document are very imperative. I have seen first hand the devestation of wildfire on the natural resources of our area. I have worked with Glenn Nader in his capacity of wildfire, forest health, invasive weed species and natural resource management for ten years. I support the propsal and the importance of partnerships with the fire safe councils in the area.
Sincere, Calli-Jane DeAnda Executive Director of the Butte County Fire Safe Council
Posted May 23, 2014 12:43 PM by Calli-Jane Deanda
As a local Yuba County foothills resident and I am the Yuba County IT-GIS Analyst, I believe that this position can continue to provide priceless protection to the foothills. It has already brought in grant funds, road and fire line clearing, Water draw location mapping and coordination between agencies. Providing access to essential planning, resources and training for these at risk communities can help protect them from urbanization, wildfire, insects and disease. We are encouraged that you are going to continue to staff this essential position.
Posted May 29, 2014 1:49 PM by Katie Atkinson
As a member of the Forbestown Ridge Fire Safe Council and a life long resident of the Sierra Foothills, I have seen the benefits of this position providing expertise, guidance, and coordination to Fire Safe Councils and individuals and working with State and Federal Agencies, and Non Profit Conservation Groups to achieve the goals of wild fire resistant communities and healthy ecosystems. I support the position of Area Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor - Yuba, Butte, and Nevada Counties.
Posted Jun 1, 2014 4:08 PM by Susan Cueva
There is a critical need in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties for good information and assistance to communities regarding living with wildfire and managing forest resources in fire-prone areas. Both the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council and the Nevada County Fire Safe Council are involved in community-led efforts to develop value-added markets for excess forest biomass, with a particular emphasis on building small-scale woody biomass gasification facilities to provide distributed renewable energy while facilitating needed fuels reduction work. Having the dedicated support of a UC Area Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor will be an essential component of the success of these efforts. The Advisor will play an important role in linking community groups to the best available science and technical know-how.

Chris Friedel, Bioenergy Project Lead, Camptonville Community Partnership
Member of the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council
Resident of Nevada County
Posted Jun 2, 2014 3:02 PM by Chris Friedel
Those living in the Forested areas of California and the public in general are at the mercy of Mother Nature, Storms, Floodings & those who pay no heed to the danger of the FOREST FIRES.

One of the best programs that first appeared in the Dirty Thirties was the Conservation Corps. California had/has the CCC and they do a wonderful job within the Forests and Counties of our state.

Could this program be extended to include those in their Senior year of High School under the tuteledge of (say) senior CCC'rs replicating the Peace Corp by helping with our overgrown forests.

The State of California & our Federal Government would benefit, the young adults would benefit by being gainfully employed and our Natural Resourses might be available for future generations.

THINK! If we paid our youth to conserve our Timbered Areas in lieu of Spending to irradicate fires how much would we be ahead. A dollar earned could be Forest Saved.

Posted Jun 3, 2014 5:01 PM by Philip Treanor
All the individuals, groups and agencies in Yuba-Butte-Nevada Counties who work towards healthy forests and a fire-adapted environment need this dedicated UCCE position. Fire, pests, and disease do not acknowledge those county-line boundaries. Fire or epidemics in our small community of Forbestown impacts both Feather and Yuba watersheds with the potential to spread into national forests. We need someone whose focus is healthy forests in this tri-county area. All three counties have strong Fire Safe Councils, several Firewise communities, and a growing public interest.

The UCCE Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor works as an integral link to share natural resource and fire science information between agencies, scientists, and the general public, and directly assists in the implementation of sustainable forest management - diverse projects such as the Camptonville Biomass project, or the several Shaded Fuel Breaks.

The advisor truly does accomplish real results in communities and in people's lives. The UCCE Advisor can be a crucial bridge in achieving the cooperation of everyone involved: federal, state, and local governmental, private agencies, and the affected individuals in the Wildland Urban Interface as we prepare a coordinated landscape approach to prefire mitigation.

Through this position, the University educates the public with understandable scientific knowledge, and helps to provide practical and achievable applications.

Kathryn Weiss, Forbestown Ridge Fire Safe Council
Posted Jun 3, 2014 7:52 PM by Kathryn Weiss
The UCCE Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor cannot be more important today than ever before. With overgrown forests posing extreme wildfire dangers, heavily utilized watersheds going under protected and an ever increasing population recreating and living in the Sierra Foothills this person is critical in educating, motivating and guiding local residents and visitors on how to best manage the above mentioned concerns. It is through their involvement with other like minded organizations (Fire Safe Councils, Watershed Protection Agencies, community non-profits and local conservation groups) that this is achieved. Additionally, as we strive to move forward in reducing carbon emissions and determine how best to utilize an under utilized natural resource, woody biomass, they provide the newest best practices, communicate with larger forest based operations and help to guide small economically depressed communities on ways to best meet these challenges.
I support the position of Area Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor - Yuba, Butte, and Nevada Counties.
Stephanie Williams
Area resident
Camptonville Community Partnership Board Member
Posted Jun 5, 2014 11:52 AM by Stephanie Williams
The UCCE Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor provides high priority science-based information for improving forest health, and mitgating misunderstandings about science-based sustainable forest management, and its relationship, to fire ecology and management. This is an invaluable position and the UCCE liaisons have proven their value with factual support in the seeking of grants for fire safety projects. The Fire Safe Councils and FireWise Communities continue to require, and use, the information provided by the UCCE representatives. Your administrational support is appreciated and cannot be replaced. As a long-time resident of the Butte County foothills I hope to see this position continue for the future benefit of all.
Posted Jun 5, 2014 1:06 PM by Robin Bennett
The need for UC ANR to fill the Area Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor position is evident for all of us that have seen the fruit it bears. Our local agencies and volunteer groups have all relied heavily in the past on the expertise the UC Advisor brings to nearly all our considerations for managing our forests and preparing for inevitable wildfires. To foresee a future without this aid is ghastly.

Of enormous value is the autonomy this position allows, enabling the advisor to cross county lines and a vast multitude of agency boundaries to bring a degree of cohesiveness to the efforts of all those trying to make our forest and foothill communities healthier and safer. The UC Advisory position is truly unique in this aspect and fosters precious cooperation and information sharing between diverse groups each with their individual needs and visions.

UC’s continued studies in wildfire science and in the development of prefire mitigation practices are essential to the protection of our mountain communities. But the knowledge and experience you attain is only valuable if your findings can be implemented. The Area Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor is the perfect conduit to getting this vital information disseminated and put to practice. I urge you to fill this position in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties.

Ray Weiss, Forbestown Ridge Fire Safe Council
Posted Jun 6, 2014 5:16 PM by Ray Weiss
I urge you to see the important need for UCCE Forestry Natural Resource Advisor position in Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties. As a long time local Yuba County foothills' resident, with hopes to be the next Yuba County 5th District Supervisor, I believe this position to play an extremely important role in bringing cooperation and information sharing between diverse groups in our counties. I hope you see the importance of the position, as do many of the local residents.
Randy Fletcher, Yuba County District 5 Supervisor Candidate
Posted Jun 6, 2014 7:31 PM by Randy Fletcher
An Advisor in the area of forestry and natural resources for Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties is greatly needed to provide education, research and incorporate sustainable practices for land owners in the three county region. Future work will continue with fire safe councils and other organizations to enhance protections from wild fire. The advisosr is essential component for forest management and colloboration with federal, state, county jusridictions as well as private land owners. I encourage those involved in the decision process to support the area forestry and natural resources advisor.

Louie B Mendoza Jr
Yuba County Agricultural Commissioner
Posted Jul 14, 2014 12:18 PM by Louie Mendoza
This position is more important to our foothill communities and to the University of California than can be expressed is short paragraphs. As an emeritus Cooperative Extension Specialist, former Director of the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, and a resident of the Yuba County foothills (Oregon House) for almost two decades, I have been involved with the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council since it began. The participation of the University in the Fire Safe Council has been crucial for planning and obtaining funding for council projects, and it will remain that way. I cannot overstress the importance of filling this position with an individual who can bring university programs to our foothill communities, and take our problems and grass-root solutions back to the university for study and refinement. It is a perfect example of how the extension-research loop should work.
Here in the foothills of Yuba County, interaction with University Cooperative extension advisors and specialists may be the only contact many residents have with UC. Likewise, working with our foothill residents offers university-based faculty an opportunity for “reality checking” their public service contributions with community needs.
The importance of this position to watershed protection and fire safety does not need to be re-stated. I do think it necessary to re-stress the importance of this position to developing and implementing novel technologies and management strategies to utilize forest biomass in productive and sustainable ways. (If this individual can also find an economic use for poison oak, we’ll have to submit their name for a Nobel prize.)
The focus of this position is on people, forests, fire, water and foothill sustainability. What could be more important? Please give this position to us, we need it badly.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 2:29 PM by Art Craigmill
The proposed postition is of vital importance to the communities and the landscape of the Northern Sierra foothills.

One of the chief benefits of having an advisor of this type is that he/she can serve as a liasion between the people and the various and sundry local, state and federal government agencies that are trying to help the land and communities. Getting good conservation work on the ground and increasing education so often boils down to relationship, integrity, and trust. A good advisor can build these relationships, can foster these ideals and can bridge gaps to meet these objectives. The importance of having someone in this position cannot be overstated.

There is a tremendous amount of excellent work that is being done in the foothills. We cannot afford a vacancy here - it would set us back and rob us of momentum.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gabe Garbarino
Conservation Planner USDA-NRCS
Yuba Foothills Resident
Posted Jul 15, 2014 3:00 PM by Gabe Garbarino
There is a vital need for a Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor in the Yuba, Butte and Nevada counties. This area contains some the highest fire danger in California. The folks who live here rely on the expertise, knowledge and skill this position brings to our communities to educate, inform and model collaboration with local to federal agencies. This position also helps the community build our capacity to understand and be competitive with grant opportunities designed to increase our ability for fire safety, sustainable forest and watershed protection. It would be extremely difficult to imagine our communities navigating without this essential position filled.
Cathy LeBlanc
Executive Director, Camptonville Community Partnership
Posted Jul 15, 2014 3:06 PM by Cathy LeBlanc
The need for a UC Davis UCCE sponsored forestry advisor position is urgent. Updates of Planning documents are critical. Documents such as Hazard mitigation plans, Community Wildfire Protection Plans. Completion of plans is even more critical. grant requests, meeting organization, Identifying, defining and tracking tasks decided by the Fire Safe Councils, identifying sources of information and funding are beyond the existing skill set of volunteers. Fire Safe Councils do have individual members with the collective intelligence to formulate plans, but lack experience in what it takes to bring the plans to fruition. Without leadership and from the advisor, without the experience of lessons learned, the Fire Safe Councils will go through a learning period. Learning how to identify support, both technical and financial. Learning how to prepare requests for funding. Learning how to prepare grant requests with proposals that answer the aims of the grantor. Learning who the decision makers are in the organizations the Councils will interface. Learning ways to approach the decision makers. Someone with a track record of working with Fire Safe Councils, someone who has experience in forestry resources is a necessity. Necessary to keep up the momentum by providing continuity.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 10:22 PM by Richard Boyd
I am writing in support of the Area Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor-Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties position.

Butte County knows all too well the devastation caused by fire and fully supports all resources focused on preventing and recovering from fire, and improving management of our forest resources. Our County has foothill and forest communities, and the Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor position is an invaluable asset to those communities. By providing education and guidance, and helping to facilitate other fire and forest resource agencies, the position assists residents in achieving a safer approach to forest living, and helps the County achieve the goals of natural resource management.

Butte County supports the continued partnership with the UCCE program and the continued assignment of a Area Forestry and Natural Resource Advisor position for our area.

Paul Hahn
Chief Administrative Officer
Butte County
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:45 AM by Paul Hahn
This position is a very valuable source of information that we use all the time. It is a great help on our fuel reduction projects and our information and education pamplets. It would be a great line of communication with new developements in bio-mass, building materials, water conservation and forest health recommendations. Without this conduit of information we would be driving down the road, in a car, only on 3 wheel.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:28 AM by Darrel Wilson ( Chairman Butte County Fire Safe Council)

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