Our RCD is proud to be helping the City of Chico develop its first-ever citywide Vegetative Fuels Management Plan. This Plan will lead to a programmatic EIR that spells out where and how the City will thin, graze and burn its parklands for many years to come. The Plan includes several priority projects to reverse the negative ecological effects of long-term fire suppression, restore natural and cultural fire to our parklands, raise sightlines and increase user safety, and reduce ladder fuels that could threaten parkside homes.
The rest of the VFMP team includes Deer Creek GIS, Dempsey Vegetation Management, CSU-Chico Reserves land stewards and forester, and many knowledgeable community experts who are helping to shape the projects. This work is funded by a CAL FIRE Community Wildfire Protection grant.
At its Aug. 31st meeting, the City's Bidwell Park and Playgrounds Commission voted to move the second draft of the Plan forward to the environmental review phase. The plan has already benefitted from 30 days of informal public comment, but now the formal CEQA phase begins. The public is invited to review the revised VFMP draft and provide scoping comments for the forthcoming EIR. The scoping comment deadline is Oct. 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Scoping comments are your chance to tell us about environmental impacts the Plan might have, if it were implemented. For example, if you think the Plan might result in too much noise or dust, take away habitat for too many nesting birds, or harm the historic character of any local historic sites, now is the time to tell us. Those are just examples, though -- virtually any environmental effect of the Plan is fair game. Please be as detailed as you can, and if you can think of specific ways to update the Plan so it protects the environment better, tell us.Download the revised VFMP
Timeline of the VFMP process: