Resource Conservation Districts

Watershed Groups

Agency Links

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — The Alliance serves the Folsom Unit of the BLM Management Frameworks Plan (MFP). Under direction of the MFP the BLM will “Manage and perpetuate woodlands for the production of multiple resource values and to provide a permanent source of wood products for future generations.”
  • Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) — The BOR Mission is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner. Under terms of a cooperative agreement with BOR, California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) manages the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) for recreation and resources protection. Fire protection services and other resource protection actions are provided by CDF under a cooperative agreement with BOR and coordination with DPR.
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Calfire) — Calfire is able to apply pre-fire management projects identified through its Fire Plan process to reduce the potential of large conflagration wildfires within the watershed. These projects are designed to reduce the losses and cost of large fire events while protecting public safety, firefighter safety, assets, and natural resources. Pre-fire projects include the use of mechanical vegetation modification treatments and controlled burning to reduce the vegetative material produced in forest, brush fields, and on rangelands. Use of its Fire Prevention Bureau programs will also encourage structure defensible space efforts through information and education by way of inspections, media release, and literature distribution. In partnership with Calfire, Placer RCD is currently administering Wildland Urban Interface funds to implement the Placer County Chipper Program.
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy initiates, encourages, and supports efforts that improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region, its communities, and the citizens of California.
  • California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) — CALTRANS is responsible for maintaining right-of-ways throughout state highways and the I-80 corridor. Vegetation management and public information programs can educate and encourage highway travelers and Placer County residents to utilize fire safe practices like fuel load reduction and defensible space.
  • California Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) — In cooperation with the Placer County RCD, NRCS (part of the USDA) is able to provide technical assistance in preparing conservation plans to landowners. These conservation plans, implemented by the landowner, benefit from the assistance provided by the RCD and NRCS.
  • High Sierra Resource Conservation and Development Council (HSRC&D) — HSRC&D will be able to act as a coordinator between various agencies and organizations when requested, provide assistance in funding searches for approved projects, and furnish assistance on economic opportunities through the Alliance. This will result in improved utilization of natural resources and increased health to the economy of the region.
  • USDA Forest Service (USFS) alliance with Tahoe National Forest (TNF) and Eldorado National Forest (ENF) — Through the Alliance, close coordination between public and private land managers will increase the opportunity to more effectively meet National Forest goals, as identified within the Tahoe/Eldorado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plans.

Placer County

  • Placer County
  • Placer County Office of Emergency Services (OES) — responsible for coordinating emergency response to wildfire and other disasters.
  • The Placer County Air Pollution District (APCD) — responsible for the management of air pollution from all non-mobile sources, including open burning. Since open burning represents a significant source of air pollution in our region, the APCD will continue in its efforts to monitor and control open burning with permits and enforcement at the local level. Participation in the Alliance will help better manage the use of prescribed fire and facilitate communications. The APCD will work to assess the air quality impacts of prescribed fire and will continue to promote alternatives to burning.
  • Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) — PCWA provides water for much of Placer County, and their resource management strategies include preserving water supply, quality and distribution. A healthy watershed/healthy forest are vital elements to meet PCWA objectives, and the Alliance offers an opportunity to coordinate PCWA efforts with those of public and private entities concerned with the effects of fire in this area.
  • Sierra Economic Development District (SEDD) — SEDD represents the four counties of El Dorado, Placer, Nevada and Sierra, with its mission to alleviate unemployment and underemployment by expanding industrial, resource and small business development, while preserving the quality of life in the Sierra Nevada foothills. SEDD has a commitment to develop the potential of a biomass utilization industry within the Sierra Nevada. The agency has sponsored studies identifying the biomass as a resource and identifying opportunities and constraints to a value added biomass industry. SEDD recognizes the potential of stimulating the establishment or creation of businesses that use biomass and will continue its efforts toward this end. Additionally, SEDD offers technical assistance to many jurisdictions in grant writing, demographic profiles and statistical analysis of the regional economic base.

Fire Information and Programs Related to Air Pollution and Fire Safety

Fire Information

Alternatives for Disposal of Vegetation

PLEASE follow safe burning practices — Escaped burn piles are a major cause of fires!

  • Placer County Chipper Program flyer (PDF*, 159KB)
  • Composting at Home — Master Gardener — 530-889-7399
  • Residential Outdoor Burning — 530-889-6868 (local call to Auburn); 1-800-998-BURN (2876)

Placer County Fire Agencies

California Links

National Links

Miscellaneous Links