News Release

Media Contacts: 

Eldorado NF – Jennifer Chapman – (530) 957-9660
Stanislaus NF – Diana Fredlund – (209) 272-5455

Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group to host Monitoring & Science Symposium in Sutter Creek
Placerville, Calif., November 1, 2017–For Immediate Release. The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) will host a Monitoring and Science Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Amador County Department of Health and Human Services located at 10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek, California. The symposium is being presented by the U.S. Forest Service Fire Ecology Program, the ACCG monitoring team, and the California Fire Science Consortium in conjunction with the national Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP).

Specialists will highlight monitoring and research occurring within the ACCG all-lands collaborative planning area which includes the Amador Ranger District on the Eldorado National Forest, the Calaveras Ranger District on the Stanislaus National Forest, and other surrounding public and private lands. Presentation topics will include meadow restoration, hydrology, resistance to bark beetles, fire effects on wildlife, post-fire regeneration, fuels management and more. Collaborative discussion will explore the implications of the work and how to apply this knowledge. A draft agenda is available on the ACCG website athttp://acconsensus.org/.

The ACCG is a community-based organization that works to create fire-safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and sustainable local economies. In 2012, the ACCG Cornerstone Project was selected under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program that was established by Congress to integrate ecological, social, and economic goals into large scale restoration.

CFLRP projects must engage in multi-party monitoring for at least 15 years after implementation begins to assess ecological, social, and economic effects. In a multi-party monitoring process, stakeholders with different perspectives and backgrounds come together to develop a better understanding of each other’s viewpoints. Additionally, monitoring allows the parties to build trust amongst each other and to better understand management activities. This can allow projects to proceed when there is uncertainty about outcomes. Monitoring can also reduce longstanding conflicts by providing a basis for making informed management decisions using quantitative evidence and adapting management when new information becomes available.

Monitoring required by policy, such as plantation survival examinations, must be included in CFLRP projects and established monitoring protocols must be followed where they exist. Reportable ecological, social, and economic measures are also required for five-year reporting to Congress. Proposals may also include project-specific monitoring. Five important CFLRP indicators are: Ecological, Fire Costs, Jobs/Economics, Leveraged Funds, and Collaboration.

The ACCG completed a Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program monitoring strategy in 2016. The upcoming symposium is the first public presentation of work accomplished that supports this strategy.

Registration for the symposium through the California Fire Consortium closed on Oct. 31, 2017. To inquire whether space is still available to attend the event, please email Shana Gross at segross@fs.fed.us.

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