The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is hosting two workshops for local defensible space and tree removal contractors, to be held on the following dates:
North Shore: April 23, 2015 – 8:30-11:00am, North Tahoe FPD Station 51, 222 Fairway Dr., Tahoe City, CA 96145
South Shore: April 30, 2015 – 8:30 – 11:00am, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline, NV 89449
Contractors attending either training will be included on the 2015 Tree Removal and Defensible Space Contractor List provided to residents participating in defensible space grant programs, requesting tree removal permits, or receiving defensible space inspections.
Attendees will receive training on:
- Tree removal and defensible space related regulations in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Code of Ordinances.
- Fire agency defensible space requirements and available grant programs.
- TRPA’s online Tree Removal Permit Application tool.
Parties interested in attending the workshop should RSVP by April 17, 2015 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team
The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, Cal Fire, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and educating the public on becoming a Fire Adapted Community. For more information, visit www.tahoefft.org.
Homeowners, contractors, and consultants can submit plans for small BMP Retrofit proposals that disturb less than 7 cubic yards and get an approval online.
If any of the following conditions apply to the proposed BMP installation then a BMP Retrofit Permit applicationor another TRPA application may be necessary and the project will NOT be eligible for a Small BMP Retrofit Plan approval.
• Engineered structures, such as retaining walls over 3 feet
• Extensive grade alterations
• Infiltration systems capturing runoff from areas greater than 2,500 square feet
• Excavation of over 5 feet
• Subsurface conveyance systems (piping) and drop inlets
• More than 7 cubic yards of grading
Applicants should be prepared to submit 3 items through the TRPA Citizen Access Database for a quick and easy paperless process. No trips to the TRPA offices!
Required Three Items
1. Site Plan that includes:
• Parcel Boundaries
• Map scale (if applicable) and north arrow
• Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) and property address
• Location and label for all BMPs to be implemented
• Existing coverage (building footprint, driveway, walkways) and stormwater flow lines
• Locations of stream environment zones (SEZ), if present
2. BMP Treatments Form
Standard Conditions for applicants using the Small BMP Retrofit plan
- Approval of the type, sizing, and location of BMPs is based upon the reviewer’s assumption that the applicant has accurately and completely measured impervious areas contributing to infiltration systems.
- All areas displaying erosion or bare soil must be noted on the site plan and re-vegetated or otherwise stabilized. Vehicular access must be limited to paved areas in order for a parcel to be eligible for Certificate of Completion of BMPs. Parking barriers may be necessary in order to be compliant with this requirement.
- Small BMP Retrofit plans are not a verification of land coverage, land capability, or use, nor are they a conceptual approval of any future project. Land coverage cannot be verified, transferred or banked through a Small BMP Retrofit plans. These verifications require the submittal of a separate application to TRPA for review and approval.
How to Design and Install BMPs for Residences and Small Businesses
Choose from two workshops:
Half-Day Refresher Workshop on April 29 at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nevada for those who have completed the Basic or Refresher Workshop within the past two years. Registration fee includes the 2012 NRCS Standard Drawings Booklet, workshop materials and refreshments.
Full-day Basic Best Management Practices (BMP) Workshop on April 24 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Registration fee includes the 2012 NRCS Standard Drawings Booklet, workshop materials and refreshments. Lunch is on your own.
Whether you attend on April 24 or April 29, you will:
Find out how construction and landscaping activities can contribute to water pollution in Lake Tahoe and how to interpret a BMP Site Evaluation to install BMPs as required by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Become familiar with new developments in the BMP Retrofit Program at Lake Tahoe.
BMP Workshop Topics for 2015:
- How to use TRPA’s online resources.
- New electronic approval for small BMP retrofit design.
- Commercial and multi-family residential BMP permits and maintenance.
- How to qualify your business for the 2015 BMP Installation Service Providers List. Attendance by at least one supervisor per business is required.
Space is limited, so register early. For specific workshop questions, contact University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 775-336-0244.
After you register, please visit Pre-class reading. Much of the content of the BMP workshops involves interpretation of a BMP Site Evaluation given to homeowners. Please familiarize yourself with the general content of all four components of this site evaluation: Recommended treatments, Site plan, Attachment 1 and BMP Treatment Descriptions. See also the new forms for electronic approval of your design.
Register by Mail:
Send registration form and check payable to “Board of Regents” to University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, 4955 Energy Way, Reno, NV 89502. Call 775-336-0244 if you have questions.
To ensure adequate seating, class materials and refreshments, please register in advance online or by mail. Walk-in registrants will be assessed a higher class fee of $55 for the Basic Workshop and $45 for the Refresher Workshop.
Cancellations after April 13, 2015, may receive a partial refund (minus the cost of refreshments). Registrants who do not cancel and do not attend will not be eligible for a refund. Persons in need of special accomodations or assistance must contact Ashley Andrews, email@example.com, at least three days prior to the scheduled workshop. Cooperative Extension is an EEO/AA institution.
BMP Workshop Quick Links:
A fire adapted community is one where the people have joined together to adequately prepare themselves and their homes for the inevitable occurrence of wildfire.
With the looming expectation of another year of drought, our communities face another challenging year of wildfire threat. January finished as one of the driest Januaries on record and while the recent storms were welcomed, they did little to increase snow pack throughout the state. As a result, fire agencies are preparing for another long fire season. “The drought has set the stage for another busy fire season,” said Michael Brown, Fire Chief for North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. “All the Federal, State and Local Fire Agencies are working together to protect the people, property and unique natural resources within the Lake Tahoe Basin.”
In 2014, there were over 1000 more wildfires in California than the previous year. In fact, fire season never really ended. The fuels that burn in wildfires, such as grass, brush and trees, remained extremely dry and susceptible to ignition all year long. This year is looking to be no different. As an example, the Round Fire, which started on February 6, 2015, just north of the town of Bishop, quickly consumed 7,000 acres and destroyed 40 structures. “A fire of this significance in the month of February should raise our awareness and lead to positive actions to prepare our communities for fire,” said Tim Alameda, Fire Chief for Meeks Bay Fire Protection District.
Depending on where we live in the United States, natural destructive forces abound, whether they are hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods or fire. It is certainly no secret that we live in an environment where large damaging and costly wildfires occur on a routine basis. While the odds may not seem to be in our favor, our communities can adapt to the threat of wildfire and we can diminish the risks to our livelihood. “A Fire Adapted Community is one in which the community places a high priority on the About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, Cal Fire, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and educating the public on becoming a Fire Adapted Community. For more information, visit www.tahoefft.org. common vulnerability to destruction by wildfire,” said Dr. Elwood Miller of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. “The adapted community is one that includes the perspective of wildfire threat, and the high probability of serious loss, as a routine way of viewing and characterizing the community. As a result we change our behavior and implement measures to mitigate the threat.”
“We can’t do this alone,” said Fire Chief Michael Schwartz of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. “Motivated residents who work with their neighbors and local fire department to prepare their communities for fire is the key to a successful outcome when wildfire strikes.” A Fire Adapted Community can survive a wildfire with little or no assistance from firefighters. These communities are characterized by homes that are modified to reduce the chance of ignition and where vegetation and flammable items have been reduced around a home to provide good defensible space. A fire adapted community is buffered by fuel breaks where flammable vegetation has been modified to slow the spread of flames and provide a zone where firefighters can aggressively fight a fire. “When wildfire comes, Fire Adapted Communities reduce the potential for loss of human life and injury, minimize damage to homes and infrastructure and reduce firefighting costs,” adds Dr. Elwood Miller. “For more information on Fire Adapted Communities, I encourage everyone visit our website at http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe .
For more information, please contact:
Division Chief, CALFIRE, Amador-El Dorado Unit, East Division Operations South Lake Tahoe and Alpine Community
AND…Don’t forget about incorporating fire wise landscaping practices into your landscape design. The Tahoe RCD can help! Sign up for a FREE landscape conservation consultation at TahoeRCD.org and contact your local fire official to receive a FREE defensible space inspection!!
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