North Yuba Forest Partnership
Photo Credit: South Yuba River Citizens League
Conway Conservation Group (CCG) is facilitating the synthesis of North Yuba Forest Partnership's project goals with its rich datasets into decision support tools for environmental analysis through implementation across 275,000 acres of private and National Forest System lands. Tasks include stakeholder engagement, collaborator coordination, current forest condition assessments, desired condition and treatment objective development, project design and prioritization, as well as data management and delivery. The project began in 2019 and CCG will continue to support this long term effort through, at least, 2021.
Stanford University Wildfire Management Plan
Photo Credit: Green Foothills
Conway Conservation Group (CCG), In collaboration with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) and Panorama, is in the midst of designing and authoring a comprehensive wildfire management plan across Stanford University owned lands that are composed of complex and dynamic fuels environments including a core campus, housing developments, open space, a biological preserve, land leases, and a national accelerator laboratory. In order to effectively plan vegetation and fuel treatments on highly visible, and diverse lands, a tailored quantitative fire risk analysis was constructed to appropriately inform a treatment matrix and maintenance plan to reduce wildfire hazard while maintaining endemic ecosystem function on the entire 8,140 acres Stanford needs to manage. CCG began this project in late winter of 2020 and is expected to finalize the written plan, data, and maps by winter of 2021.
Alpine County Wildfire Hazards Mitigation Plan
Photo Credit: Panorama
In collaboration with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) and Panorama, Conway Conservation Group (CCG) prepared a Wildfire Hazards Mitigation Plan for Alpine County. Through modeling and a collaborative quantitative wildfire risk and prescribed fire opportunity analysis process with county leaders and stakeholders, several projects across 743 square miles were identified and prioritized. Project development included delineating boundaries, prescribing specific fuel treatments, appraising product benefit and treatment costs, and prioritizing treatment based on risk and opportunity analysis conclusions. Deliverables also included community outreach and CEQA/NEPA support on selected projects. The project began in the fall of 2019 and CCG support is expected to conclude at the end of 2020.
Burney-Hat Creek Basins Project
Photo Credit: SIG
Conway Conservation Group (CCG) is working with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) and 34 North to help this designated Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) project prioritize treatments across ownership boundaries. Using recent high density LiDAR, satellite imagery, and plot data in a robust modeling framework, important forest metrics like stand density index (SDI) were used in combination with fire intensity and probability outputs to focus the project's finite resources on areas that were at most risk to insect, disease, and high severity fire. CCG began contributing to the Burney-Hat Creek Basins project in the fall of 2019 and will continue to assist this important project through 2020.
Stanford University Faculty Housing Project
Photo Credit: Prometheus Fire Consulting
Conway Conservation Group (CCG), first partnered with Panorama, Prometheus Fire Consulting, and Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) to improve the understanding of the fire and fuels environment surrounding a proposed Stanford University faculty housing development. Public scrutiny of the project led our group to the development of a thorough vegetation management plan supported by a rigorous modeling platform that included a suite of stochastic and deterministic models. CCG further supported the project by authoring supplemental reports and responding to comments. Now, CCG is coordinating a multi-year, phased implementation and maintenance approach through annual fuel reduction contracts that CCG authored and is administering. This project began in late 2019 and CCG is expected to continue leading this effort through 2022.
San Lorenzo Valley Water District Fire Mitigation Project
Photo Credit: San Lorenzo Valley Water District
In conjunction with Spatial Informatics Group (SIG), Prometheus Fire Consulting, and Panorama, Conway Conservation Group (CCG) is accounting and mapping water district resources and assets in order to understand exposure to potential wildfire during critical fire weather. A mitigation plan will then be drawn to reduce exposure and prioritize treatments. Further, our team is working with the water district to build attractive implementation grant proposals while also canvasing other funding opportunities to expand the scope of the project to include more in depth analysis and implementation across all landowners in northern Santa Cruz county. This project was awarded in the spring of 2020 and is expected to continue through the end of the year.