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About Us

OAK TO TIMBERLINE IS YOUR LOCAL
FIRE SAFE COUNCIL

Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Council (OTFSC) serves a diverse region ranging from 500' to 6500' elevation. From the grasslands, through the brush and oak of the foothills, and all the way to the timberlands of the Giant Sequoias, the Council's service area encompass nearly 217,000 acres of public and private lands.

 

Within it are State and Federal lands, private homes, ranches, schools, churches, youth camps, businesses, and wildlife refuges, and the communities of Piedra, Tivy Valley, Wonder Valley, Yokuts Valley, formally known as Squaw Valley, Dunlap, Miramonte, Pinehurst, Badger, Eshom Valley, Hartland, and Sequoia to Hume Lakes. Its territory lies within the Kings and Kaweah River watersheds, which offer an array of wildlife habitats and recreational activities, as well as being a vacation destination for visitors from all over the world.

Our Story

Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Council is a community based, non-profit organization. The Council is prepared to fulfill its mission to “promote fire safety by providing information, education, support incentives, and projects that encourage fire safety in our communities east of the Friant-Kern Canal and south of the Kings River, from “Oak to Timberline."

Meet The Team

Tina Rolfsema

Chairperson

After retiring as a teacher and psychiatric technician, I moved to our house in Pinehurst full time in 2011. I started working seasonally in Kings Canyon National Park afterwards, most recently as a park ranger. I joined the Board of OTFSC about 1.5 years ago, and am proud to belong to such an amazing group of volunteers who work very hard to make our mountain communities more resilient to wildfire.

Thomas (Jackie) Harper
Lead Project Manager

Vice-Chairperson

I have lived in Pinehurst off and on since 1981(full time since 1989). I have a background in construction, was a business owner (Pinehurst Lodge 1989-2006), domestic water systems 2000-2018, and property management 2006-2018. Currently, project manager for Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Council 2018- present. 

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John LuValle

Treasurer

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Dorothy (Dotty) Woolum
Grants Coordinator

I spent my professional life as a University Physics Professor, teaching physics and doing research in the areas of fundamental physics, astrophysics and planetary science. I received 49 years of federal research grant funding from NASA and since 2015 have been writing grants for OTFSC to obtain funds for OTFSC’s fire prevention and fuels reduction projects. I am also a past President of the Central Sierra Chamber of Commerce (CSCC).

My husband, Pat Cassen, and I are lifelong backpackers; we moved to Miramonte in 2000, where we raise fruits and vegetables, care for our horses, cats and chickens, and do what we can in support of the local CSCC and SCC community centers.

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Jack Huneke

Member at Large

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Nancy Hawkins
Secretary

Nancy Hawkins is a retired Ventura County educator who moved to Miramonte in 2019. She is a volunteer fire tower Lookout and is on the Board of the Sequoia Community Center. She is an avid hiker and snowshoer.

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Mark Mills

Advisory Committee Liaison

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Theresa Pike
Administrative Assistant

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Daniel Himes

Co-Project Manager

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Rick Preston
Co-Project Manager

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Morgan Morris

PIO

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Our Partners

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