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CalTREES implementation to begin soon. The new on-line system for submitting and reviewing timber harvesting documents is almost here. With system development nearly complete, the State has begun testing the system and training CAL FIRE and Review Team Agencies how to use it.
Recordings and related materials from our three April-May 2018 webinars on assessment methods for the Campbell Creek Planning Watershed Pilot Projects are now posted below.
Implementation of the California Timber Regulation
and Environmental Evaluation System (CalTREES)
CalTREES is an on-line system that will streamline the submission and review processes for timber harvesting documents. The system will feature easy-to-use forms and real-time reporting and analytics.
Questions? Please email CalTREES.Support@fire.ca.gov if you have any questions about CalTREES.
Top Benefits of CalTREES
1. Easy-to-use timber harvesting forms, with built-in validation and regulatory requirement reminders
2. Easy-to-follow processes for submitting and reviewing timber harvest documents
3. Better accountability of review timelines
4. Secure access and collaboration for Review Team Agencies
5. Reduce the amount of manual, paper-based processes
6. Electronic notifications and two-way communication between the State and document/plan submitters
7. Quickly, easily produce standard and ad hoc reports
8. Accessible historical data and search functionality for the public
9. Streamline monitoring efforts
10. Replace outdated, 20+ year old technology
New Exemption and Emergency Forms
CAL FIRE has recently updated harvesting document forms, including Exemptions, Emergencies, THPs, MTHPs, and NTMPs. In an effort to improve efficiency, CAL FIRE has begun to release revised forms that both conform with the Forest Practice Act and Rules and align with the new CALTREES software. To view the revised Exemption and Emergency forms, please visit: http://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_forestpractice_harvestingforms.
CAL FIRE will continue to replace the older versions of the forms on the CAL FIRE web site as newer versions become available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who will be impacted by CalTREES? The system will impact multiple State entities, including CAL FIRE and Review Team Agencies (i.e., the State and Regional Water Boards, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California Geological Survey). Additionally, Registered Professional Foresters, Licensed Timber Operators, and Landowners will soon have the option to electronically submit, track, and update timber harvesting documents on-line via CalTREES. The public will also have access to CalTREES to search for timber harvesting data and information and submit electronic comments.
When will I begin to use the new system? On account of historical and unprecedented fire activity, the CalTREES implementation schedule has been revised to ensure that CAL FIRE has all the necessary resources to battle the major fires and are trained and prepared to perform their duties in CalTREES. The revised schedule targets the CAL FIRE staff and Review Team agencies to begin using CalTREES internally in the Fall of 2018. Public stakeholders may begin to access information in CalTREES along a similar timeline. Timber harvest plan document submitters may begin using CalTREES in the Winter of 2018. Please check back frequently for timeline updates and training opportunities as continued fire activity may impact the CalTREES timeline.
For additional CalTREES information, refer to http://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_forestpractice
Where can I learn more about CalTREES?For additional information, please visit the CalTREES Frequently Asked Questions site (http://www.fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/CalTreesFAQs) or email the CalTREES Support team at CalTREES.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial Public Workshops Held January 23, 2017 On January 23, 2017, we held two public workshops to present information on CalTREES, answer questions, and take comments. The morning workshop targeted those who prepare and submit harvesting documents, and the afternoon workshop targeted the general public. The workshop slide presentation provides an overview of who is leading the development of CalTREES, why we are developing it, the vision and goals for the project, and the development schedule.
Both workshops were webcast and recorded. Here are the links to the recordings:
Ongoing Public Input is Important Gathering public input will be important to ensure that we develop a high quality, user-friendly product. Thus, we will periodically hold additional workshops to get further input as we work to develop CalTREES. Also, if you are interested in playing an active role in providing design input during the development process, please let us know via an email to AB1492Program.Comments@resources.ca.gov
Public Comments Received:
Planning Watershed Pilot Projects – Updated July 2018
In April-May 2018, we held three public webinars to present and discuss our preliminary assessment areas for the Smith Creek watershed, which is a subset of the Campbell Creek Planning watershed.
Webinar recordings and related materials are available below.
- April 19: Northern Spotted Owl Terrestrial Habitat
- April 26: A Prototyped Synthesis of our Three-Track Process (THP Mining, Watershed Modeling, and Air Photo Rapid Assessment) Focused on Potentially Restorable Watercourse Sites using Coho Salmon as our Resource of Concern.
- May 3: A Geology-Focused Assessment of Erosion Risk and Sediment Sources
May 23, 2017 Meeting of the Pilot Project Working Group The Campbell Creek Pilot Project Working Group met on May 23 in Ft. Bragg. Below are links to the Agenda, Background Documents, and Presentations from the meeting.
- Critical Questions Table
- Fish, Wildlife, and Water Quality Resources of Concern
- Sensitive Species—Wildlife
- Sensitive Species—Botanical
- MacDonald Framework Tailored to Critical Questions
- Aquatic Flow Chart
- Fish and Wildlife Resources of Concern Diagram
- Overview PowerPoint Presentation (Elliot Chasin, Department of Fish and Wildlife)
- Assessment Approaches
A. THP Data Prototype (Graham Brown, N. Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board)
B. Maps and Imagery (Michael Fuller, CA Geological Survey)
C. Riparian Function Module (Pete Cafferata, CAL FIRE)
D. Watershed Rapid Assessment Modeling (Will Olsen, CAL FIRE)
Campbell Creek Planning Watershed Pilot Project Working Group
Developing a Statement of Work As a part of its December 15, 2016, meeting, the Campbell Creek Pilot Project Working Group (PPWG) tasked several members and the Pilot Project Interagency Interdisciplinary Team (PPIIT) to serve as an informal Scope of Work Team and develop a draft Scope of Work (SOW) for the Pilot Project. Following an initial meeting of the Scope of Work Team, the PPIIT has been meeting regularly to develop an initial draft of the SOW, based on the critical questions that were presented in the Pilot Project Concept Paper. This initial draft SOW will come back to the Scope of Work Team for review, and then come to the full PPWG for review and completion.
Campbell Creek Story Maps The Campbell Creek Pilot Project Story Maps, which were demonstrated at the last PPWG meeting, are publicly available, interactive, and introductory tools designed to foster exploration of the Campbell Creek Planning Watershed. The Story Maps represent data used by State departments involved in Timber Harvesting Plan review. Information in the Story Maps serves as a starting point for the Pilot Projects and as a laboratory for the development of an online data collaborative in support of forest management, including restoration.
Following a public call for applicants and nominees and the completion of interviews, we have selected the stakeholder members of the Campbell Creek Planning Watershed Pilot Project Working Group (PPWG). The public stakeholder members are:
|Myles Anderson||Licensed Timber Operator, Anderson Logging, Inc.|
|Richard Campbell||Forestry Program Manager, Save the Redwoods League|
|Rob DiPerna||California Forest and Wildlife Advocate, Environmental Protection Information Center|
|Walter Duffy, PhD||Fisheries Scientist, formerly USGS (retired)|
|George Gentry, RPF||Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, California Forestry Association|
|Richard Gienger||Watershed Restorationist and Forest Advocate Associated with the Redwood Forest Foundation Inc. Board and Forests Forever|
|Matt Greene, RPF||Matt Greene Forestry and Biological Consulting|
|Vivian Helliwell||Watershed Conservation Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources|
|Jonathan Hvozda||Hydrologist, Lyme Redwood Forest Company|
|Zach Jones, RPF||General Manager, Lyme Redwood Forest Company|
|Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom, PhD||Consulting Fisheries Scientist|
|Mike Liquori||Principal, Sound Watershed|
|Javier Silva||Tribal Environmental Director, Sherwood Valley Rancheria|
We are grateful to have such a skilled group of stakeholders step forward to serve on the Campbell Creek PPWG. We also have nine state and federal agency representatives serving on the PPWG. For a complete listing of all PPWG members, click HERE.
Intent The intent of the pilot projects is to increase efficiencies and effectiveness for timber harvest planning processes and forest restoration. The specific substantive areas proposed to be addressed by the pilot projects include data collection and characterization, identification of information and methods used for cumulative environmental impacts assessment, description of current forest conditions, and the identification of restoration opportunities in forested landscapes. These pilot projects will be collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts that provide substantial opportunity for public participation.
Implementation Guidance The Forest Planning Watershed Pilot Projects Concept Paper Implementation Draft (available here) describes the approaches to be use in conducting planning-watershed-based pilot projects. This version of the concept paper is intended to serve as the implementation guidance for the initial pilot project, located on the Campbell Creek Planning watershed on the Ten Mile River in Mendocino County. This version has been revised following public input, including at our October 14 and December 15, 2015 public workshops and written comments received. A map of the Campbell Creek planning watershed is available here.
Information Archive An information archive of past materials created during the development of the planning watershed pilot projects is available here. It includes recordings of past workshops, papers, and written comments received.
Informing and Involving the Public
It is the intent of the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration (TRFR) Program to be transparent and to provide the public with frequent and meaningful opportunities to receive information about the work of the Program and to provide input on its direction and methods. To this end, we have developed a set of Public Process Approaches.
As a part of these approaches, we also are in the process of developing an Advisory Committee for the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program. We are being helped in this process by the Center for Collaborative Policy, which is a program of Sacramento State University. The Center has conducted stakeholder interviews and prepared a report based on them. With the assistance of the Center, we have developed a draft charter for the Advisory Committee. Currently, we are holding action on forming the Committee until such time as it is clear that its assistance is needed
Organizing to do our Work
We have formed a Leadership Team and four working groups to conduct much of our work for developing critical elements of the vision of AB 1492. You can access the charters for each of these by clicking on the links below. In the near future, we will be posting draft work plans, which are currently under development, for comment.
Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program The California Natural Resources Agency shares with the California Environmental Protection Agency the responsibility for implementing the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program established in the Public Resources Code (starting at section 4590) under Assembly Bill 1492 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 289, Statutes of 2012). The Natural Resources Agency Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management is the lead for coordinating implementation of the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program by the two agencies and their responsible departments or boards [Natural Resources Agency: Department of Conservation (California Geological Survey), Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Environmental Protection Agency: State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards].
The major components of the Timber Regulation in California Forest Restoration Program provide a funding stream via a one-percent assessment on lumber and engineered wood products sold at the retail level, seek transparency and efficiency improvements to the State’s timber harvest regulation programs, provide for development of ecological performance measures, establish a forest restoration grant program, and require program reporting to the Legislature.
A particular challenge for the program will be the development of ecological performance measures for the State’s nonfederal timberlands. While the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency have the lead responsibility for this task, working with the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Effectiveness Monitoring Committee will provide an important opportunity for furthering the work on this task. Hand-in-hand with the ecological performance measures will be the identification and collection of the environmental data that are needed to support the measures. To be successful, the ecological performance measures must have a sound scientific basis and be supported by the review team agencies, other state and federal natural resource agencies, regulated forestland owners, and a wide range of stakeholders. Providing stakeholder input opportunities for the development of ecological performance measures and other aspects of the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program will be critical to the program’s success.
Annual Reporting Assembly Bill 1492 requires annual reporting to the Legislature. The annual reports are available here. The reports provide substantial background and statistics on the work that the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency are undertaking to implement the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Program.