League helps lead prescribed burn in Humboldt County

One-day project reduced fuel on 109 acres of Stansberry Ranch

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Cal Poly Humboldt professor, Dr. Jeff Kane, and his students participate in firing operations on the prescribed burn at the Stansberry Ranch. Photo by Laura Lalemand.

Save the Redwoods League last Saturday helped lead a 109-acre prescribed burn on the Stansberry Ranch in Humboldt County. This area, known as the Corridor from the Redwoods to the Sea, connects Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the forests of the Lost Coast. The League holds a conservation easement on the property, and has been working with the Stansberrys on a number of fuel reduction and restoration projects. Last weekend’s burn was conducted in collaboration with landowner Bob Stansberry, the Humboldt County Prescribed Burning Association, local volunteer fire departments, and the Mattole Restoration Council.

The Corridor from the Redwoods to the Sea project is funded by a $1.3 million grant from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which is supporting League work to increase the carbon sequestration potential of redwood and giant sequoia ecosystems, while protecting them and surrounding communities from the threat of severe wildfires. The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Cap-and-Trade program creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

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Prescribed burns reduce fuels and contribute to forest health. Photo by Laura Lalemand.
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Another photo shows the controlled nature of the prescribed burn. Photo by Sarah Vroom.

Learn more about the conservation benefits of prescribed burning.

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