FIRESafe MARIN Projects - Marin County

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INTERFACE: National Parks, State Parks, County Open Space, and Water District lands

FIRE DISTRICT: Marin County Fire Agencies

FUNDING PROVIDED: $7,000 (FY 2002)

OBJECTIVE: Inform the public about defensible space and the need for additional fire prevention activities in the wildland urban interface adjacent to both Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

DESCRIPTION: This project funded the printing of a 12-page newspaper insert for public distribution. The publication was called, "People, Parks & Fire-Building Partnerships in the Wildland-Urban Interface," and commemorated the 10-year anniversary of FIRESafe MARIN, provided a fire safety checklist for homeowners, provided information on wildlands and defensible space, and featured the Marin community projects funded by the Wildland-Urban Interface Initiative. Approximately 50,000 copies were printed for public distribution in local newspaper and 20,000 additional copies for other public information programs.

Public education is critical because: (1) participation by residents in treating vegetation around their homes is an important part of the overall hazardous fuels reduction strategy; (2) local, state and federal legislation currently fund much of these efforts and people need to understand what these public funds are for; and (3) integral issues such as year round green waste disposal systems involve a variety of options and costs which ultimately must involve community decision making.


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Remote Automated Weather Station

Remote Automated Weather Station

COMMUNITIES: Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas

INTERFACE: Muir Woods National Monument, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

FIRE DISTRICT: Marin County Fire Department

FUNDING PROVIDED: $16,400 (FY 2002)

OBJECTIVE: Purchase and install an automated weather station for use during wildfire incidents and controlled burning vegetation management projects.

DESCRIPTION: The project purchases a Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) that will be used during wildfire incidents and for federal and state vegetation management projects.


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A map showing the distribution of Sudden Oak Death in Marin County.

Marin County Sudden Oak Death Map


INTERFACE: Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

FIRE DISTRICT: Marin County Fire Department

FUNDING PROVIDED: $25,000 (FY 2001)

OBJECTIVE: Convert satellite imagery to a GIS map depicting oak mortality in Marin County. The map will be used to plan future fuel treatments.

DESCRIPTION: Sudden Oak Death is a growing forest health problem in Marin County which produces hazardous fuels as well as other safety and resource management concerns. High-resolution geo-referenced satellite imagery will be converted to a GIS map which distinguishes healthy, diseased and dead oaks.

A series of seven satellite images will be combined into a mosaic and then reduced into smaller tiles for processing. The image data will consist of 4-meter multispectral data, plus a "pan-sharpened" data set for use as a background image.

Field work will be conducted to match the spectral signature in the imagery to actual on-the-ground tree conditions. This will allow a tree classification system to be mapped.

Total project cost is $74,000. Other contributors to this project include the Marin Community Foundation, California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and the County of Marin


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Wildland-Urban Interface Project Compliance


INTERFACE: National Parks, State Parks, County Open Space, and Water District lands

FIRE DISTRICT: Marin County Fire Agencies

FUNDING PROVIDED: $20,000 (FY 2004)

OBJECTIVE: Provide support for the completion of environmental compliance documentation for Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) projects funded through the National Park Service (NPS).

DESCRIPTION: All federally funded projects are subject to federal laws and regulations; as such, WUI projects must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) has a staff person dedicated to planning and compliance in support of WUI projects both within the Seashore and for community projects. The PRNS fire planner, in partnership with FIRESafe MARIN, will manage and direct this project. Compliance needs such as botanical surveys, analysis of spatial data using GIS, and surveys for listed species would be determined by the PRNS fire planner.

The result of this task agreement would be the timely completion of all compliance documentation necessary to initiate WUI projects. Compliance with NEPA often requires that project sites be surveyed for sensitive cultural and natural resources, the reporting of these findings, and a description of any mitigation a project may have to protect these resources. Examples of the types of projects that require compliance surveys include: Shallow Beach Fuels Reduction, Worn Springs Road Shaded Fuel Break, Kent Woodlands Shaded Fuelbreak, and Seahaven Roadside Fuels Reduction. Funds provided under this Task Agreement will be expended on compliance for WUI projects.


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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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