Our RCD is proud to have helped the City of Chico develop its first-ever citywide Vegetative Fuels Management Plan. 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. It also sets standards for what Chico's parklands should look like long into the future.
The next step was to analyze the likely effects of actually implementing that plan, which we did by preparing a programmatic EIR (PEIR) that was released in mid-December 2020. After a 45-day comment period that ended Feb. 2nd, the Final EIR will be reviewed by the Bidwell Park and Playgrounds Commission on Monday, Feb. 22. The Final EIR includes minor revisions and responses to comments. The PEIR defines how the City will approach vegetation management in its parklands for the next decade or more.
The rest of the VFMP/PEIR 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.