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March 25, 2022 – ARNOLD, Calif.— California State Parks is holding a town hall meeting April 7 at 6 p.m. at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to discuss forest management in the park.

The meeting will be held in-person, as well as virtually, to allow broad public participation. State Park’s Central Valley District’s Natural Resources Team will be sharing information regarding forest management plans, wildfire preparation, and protecting giant sequoias in the park. The team will also answer questions from the community. Safety protocols, set by public health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, will be in effect. As such, face coverings are recommended indoors regardless of vaccination status.

What:     Community Town Hall Meeting

Protecting Our Forests: A Discussion About Keeping the Forests Healthy Using Prescribed Burning and Other Forest Treatments within Calaveras Big Trees State Park

When:    Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Where:   Calaveras Big Trees State Park — Educational Resources Room (Ralston Classroom)
1170 CA-4, Arnold, Ca 95223

OR Zoom. Pre-registration is not required.

As caretakers of California’s unique and extraordinary redwoods, State Parks continues to increase the resilience of the forest, park infrastructure and surrounding communities at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The protection, stewardship, and interpretation of the parks’ giant sequoia groves has been a department priority since the park’s creation and a focus of intensive efforts in recent years. State Parks looks forward to receiving public input on its forest management plan.

For individuals who are unable to attend the town hall meeting, or for additional questions, please email State Parks at amber.sprock@parks.ca.gov.

The meeting is accessible to the physically disabled. A person who needs a disability-related accommodation or modification in order to participate in the briefing and/or meeting may make a request by contacting amber.sprock@parks.ca.gov or sending a written request to that person at P.O. Box 120, Arnold Ca, 95223. Providing your request at least five (5) business days before the meeting will help ensure availability of the requested accommodation.###

California State Parks and the recreational programs supported by its divisions of Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation provide the opportunity for families, friends, and communities to connect. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, tours, hikes, school group enrichment, and special events are just some of the activities enjoyed in 279 park units organized into 21 field districts throughout the state. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov.

Contact:
Amber Sprock , Public Information Officer    (209) 213-9032

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Below are links to very interesting videos and a webinar that are worth your time to view.

From The Nature Conservancy:

“Controlled Burning Reduces Catastrophic Wildfire Risk”

“Why We Work with Fire”

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“NPR Interview with Scott Stephens, UC Berkeley Fire Scientist on What’s Needed to Manage Wildfires”

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Sequoia Conservancy Webinar: Giant Conversations: Fire and Giant Sequoias in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Webinar addresses the KNP Complex Fire that burned 88,000 acres and killed approximately 3-5% of the world’s population of mature giant sequoias. The SQF Fire in 2020 killed 10-14% of the giant sequoia population.

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