Lake County News, Calif. — Virtual Tree Mortality and Fire Safety City Hall scheduled for March 10

LAKE COUNTY, California — A virtual town hall will discuss concerns about tree mortality and fire safety efforts in Lake County this week.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

The meeting ID is 955 1024 4148, the passcode is 895673. It can also be accessed via a mobile call at +16699006833,,95510244148#,,,,*895673# USA.

You can also dial 1-669-900-6833 from any mobile or landline phone and enter the meeting ID and passcode above when prompted. To contribute to this meeting from a phone, press *9 to raise your hand and *6 to unmute when recognized as the speaker.

The meeting is being hosted by the Lake County Community Risk Reduction Authority, a collaboration of county and city governments, tribal nations, fire districts, water utilities and other partners.

Many people visit and move to Lake County for the wild beauty and drama of our landscapes.

In recent years, wildfires, droughts and bark beetles have devastated local forests, exposing communities to climate-related risks faster and more frequently than expected.

Taking action against tree dieback has become an urgent and critical priority in Lake County.

What are the causes of this crisis? What is already being done to reduce the risk of further forest fires and tree deaths? What strategies and steps are necessary to make sustainable progress?

Planned speakers are:

· District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon and District 5 Supervisor Jessica Pyska, who will provide the induction;

· Michael I. Jones, PhD, forest consultant for the University of California Cooperative Extension, who will provide an overview of tree mortality;

· Melinda Rivera, local government affairs representative for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and Peyton May, manager of the company’s vegetation program, will discuss current PG&E projects;

· Paul Duncan, Operations Manager, Cal Fire North Division, will discuss the early fire season and community fire prevention projects;

· Korinn Woodard, Conservationist for the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service District, will present resources for large landowners;

· Will Evans, Executive Director of the Clear Lake Environmental Research Center, will report on current projects; and

· Lindsay Dailey, Program Director of the Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance, will provide a summary of this group’s projects.

“In our Board’s Vision 2028 Priority Statement, we committed to ‘develop and maintain high standards of disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery in collaboration with community stakeholders,’” said Pyska. “We must be responsible stewards of our local environment and ecosystems, taking preventive action where we can.”

“Every Lake County resident can take action to make our communities safer and provide a healthier environment for the next seven generations,” Simon said. “It starts with us educating ourselves and this town hall is a great place to learn and get your questions answered.”

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