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UCCE seeks statewide input to develop future wildfire programs

Prescribed fire and other fuels treatments are some of the topics covered by an online survey that will guide wildfire-related public programs. Photo by Evett Kilmartin

University of California Cooperative Extension has recently expanded their team of fire advisors and staff. This new group of UCCE fire professionals is interested in learning about the concerns of the communities that UCCE serves, as well as the natural resource professionals already working to address these issues.

Results from this survey will enhance the team's ability to partner with residents, landowners, agencies, academics, and other organizations to reduce California's vulnerability to wildfires. These new advisors will also share survey results with UCCE colleagues throughout the state, who already provide important fire-related programming across diverse landscapes and audiences.

"Wildfires will continue to affect all Californians, either directly or indirectly," said Katie Low, UCCE statewide fire coordinator. "It's invaluable to have the input of as many people as possible to guide the development of our wildfire-related extension programs, so that they can provide the most useful resources and information to communities across California."

The survey asks questions about topics such as:

  • Gaps within existing educational programming and resources
  • Challenges community members are facing in addressing wildfire risk
  • Empowerment of communities to make property management decisions and prepare for wildfire
  • Acceptability of prescribed fire and other fuels treatments

By participating in this study, you can choose to enter a drawing to win one of fifty $20 VISA gift cards.

To take the online survey, please visit https://bit.ly/UCCE_Fire_Survey.

This research is being led by a team of new UCCE fire advisors and staff. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the fire/forestry professionals involved in this survey effort:

  • Luca Carmignani, UCCE fire advisor for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties, carmignani@ucanr.edu
  • Alison Deak, UCCE fire advisor for Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties, aldeak@ucanr.edu
  • Katie Low, UCCE fire academic coordinator for Nevada and Placer counties, katlow@ucanr.edu
  • Barb Satink Wolfson, UCCE fire advisor for Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties, bsatinkwolfson@ucanr.edu
  • Ryan Tompkins, UCCE forestry advisor for Plumas, Sierra, and Lassen counties, retompkins@ucanr.edu

For more information about wildfire-related programming from University of California Cooperative Extension, please visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/fire/ or the Facebook page https://bit.ly/fireSolutions.

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 5:07 PM
Tags: Alison Deak (1), California (13), Carmignani (1), climate (14), development (3), fire (18), Katie Low (1), programs (1), residents (1), resilience (2), risk (1), Ryan Tompkins (7), Satink (1), statewide (1), survey (2), wildfire (181), Wolfson (1)
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