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Registered Professional Forestry

Registered Professional Forestry

ARC offers Registered Professional Forestry consulting services working with landowners to develop larger ownership assessments, plans, and permits supporting land stewardship activities on their lands.

Some of the many services we provide large landownership planning and permitting for are:

  • Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessments (WRRA)
  • Wildfire Risk Reduction Plans (WRRP)
  • Landscape Level Forest Health Fuel Reduction planning
  • Preparing and applying for state approved Exemptions, Environmental Review Report Forms, California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) Project-Specific Analysis (PSA), Timber Harvest Plans (THP's), Non-industrial Timber Management Plans (NTMP's), and other CEQA documents
  • Post-fire damage assessments to evaluate hazard trees, estimate mortality in redwood and mixed conifer forest types, and evaluate damaged road infrastructure
  • Preparing Confidential Archaeological Addendums for CAL FIRE projects
  • Grant application preparation and carbon analysis
  • Developing efforts to produce and conserve local forest resources
  • ARC GIS PRO services
Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessments and Plans

Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessments and Plans

ARC specializes in Wildfire Risk Reduction Assessments (WRRA) and Wildfire Risk Reduction Plans (WRRP) on larger landownerships. There are normally three phases that ARC utilizes, at various levels, to reduce the risk of wildfire on large landownerships:

Phase I:

  • Conduct a Wildfire and Risk Reduction Assessment (WRRA) of the ownership focusing on fuel load, fuel arrangement, vegetation types, topography, sensitive resource issues, GIS maps, potentially hazardous situations, general emergency preparedness, and infrastructure including, but not limited to, defensible space, communications and water systems, and equipment. A WRRA report culminates the field assessment information developing recommendations for next steps.
  • Often there are key items resulting from the WRRA where action can and should be taken right away.

Phase II:

  • Prepare a Wildfire Risk Reduction Plan (WRRP) that develops recommendations and information from the field assessment (WRRA) into an actionable plan. This phase prepares for permit application through field verification and operational layout to implement specific treatments, budget, timeline, scoping of sensitive resources, GIS mapping, and developing collaborations to increase project reach and effectiveness.
  • In situations where landowners have conducted the appropriate steps to reach an approved management plan for their ownership, it is possible to move from a more detailed WRRA to Phase III.

Phase III:

  • Evaluate permit alternatives and conduct agency pre-consultations.
  • Finalize field verification, sensitive resource evaluation, and operational layout.
  • Prepare, apply, and negotiate with appropriate agencies to seek permit approval.
  • Develop a project prospectus or request for proposals for contractors to submit project bids to conduct treatments.
Landscape Level Forest Health Fuel Reduction

Landscape Level Forest Health Fuel Reduction

ARC also specializes in regional planning efforts for large landownerships or communities to develop long term plans for forest health fuel reduction actions. Landscape level planning requires customization to ecosystem conditions and communities including:

  • Conducting GIS analysis to prioritize where forest health fuel reduction treatment areas can be placed based on landowner goals, collaborations, unit fire plans, community wildfire protection plans, access and infrastructure, sensitive resources, potential fire behavior and fuel modeling, rural communities, and resource concerns.
  • Field verifying treatment areas to confirm that they are operationally sound for long term periodic forest health fuel reduction treatment implementation and maintenance.
  • Finalizing a long-term Landscape Level Forest Health Fuel Reduction plan, budget, and timeline to implement action steps.
  • Preparing necessary permit applications, bid prospectuses and setting periodic steps to initially treat and maintain treatment areas reducing wildfire risk for communities and watersheds for the long-term.