Former CAL FIRE battalion chief and CNPS member Chris Paulus came back from retirement to lead the 830-acre North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break Project near Colfax, one of the Governor’s 35 emergency fuel break projects. Determined to balance ecological priorities and safety, Paulus has served as a bridge between CAL FIRE and CNPS, providing one example of how chapters and agencies can work together.
Meanwhile, the East Bay Chapter’s conservation committee worked with the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department to advocate for the protection of sensitive habitat on nearby fuel breaks. Now, at the fire department’s invitation, the chapter is participating in a study on how native plant species, like coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea), respond to fuel reduction treatments.