March Board meeting on zoom.  Join us at 7:00!

Calendar of 2020 Board and Public Meetings

Board meeting are at 7:00, Public meetings at 6:00 unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 22, Nominations
Board Meeting (Zoom)

Feb. 16, elections
Board  and Public Meeting (Zoom)

     Public Meeting at 6:00, elections

     Board Meeting at 7:00

March 16

Board Meeting 

April 20 Board Meeting 

May 18

Board and Public Meeting 

    Public Meeting at 6:00

    Board Meeting at 7:00

June 15

    Board Meeting


July 20
Board Meeting 

Aug. 17

Board and Public Meeting 

     Public Meeting at 6:00

     Board Meeting at 7:00

Sept. 21
Board Meeting 

Oct. 19

Board Meeting 

Nov. 16, 

Board and Public Meeting

     Public Meeting at 6:00

     Board Meeting at 7:00

Dec. 21 Board Meeting


        Board Meeting (Every month, open to the public)

        Public Meeting (open to the public, Stakeholder's update)

Meetings will be through Zoom until further notice.  For the March 16 zoom link, click here

March Agenda

An agenda will  be available one week before the meeting.

Board meeting issues and actions from Feb. 16, 2021

Officers:     Jon Lovewell, Chairperson     Jackie Harper, Vice Chair     Julie Harcos, Secretary            

                   Patrick Mc Caig, Treasurer      Dotty Woolum, Grant Chairperson     

                      Mahalia LoMele PIO (Public Information Officer

                                Directors:    Steve/Lorri Orsaba, Joseph Hunter, Tom Kramer, Tina Rolfsema, Udo/Rita Frank

                                Stakeholder/Member:    John Huneke, CWPP coordinator


Board Election:  Six people on the ballot, Joseph Hunter, Jon Lovewell, Patrick McCaig, Lorri/Steve Orsaba, tina Rolfsema, and Rita/Udo Frank were unanimously elected to the board.

Jon presented an overview of 2020 activity.  We had a lot of outreach plans that couldn't be carried out due to COVID.

No meetings were held until October when OTFSC resumed with Zoom meetings.  Most of the years activity was work under the grant.  However summer heat and smoke from fires limited this activity for several months.  LOAs (Land Owner Agreements) were collected so work could begin on Orchard Drive and Dunlap Road.  Also LOAs were collected for the Pinehurst Fuel Break.  Work on these grants will resume in March.  

Forest service:  Marianne Emmenthaler reported progress made on their Eshom project.  About 1000  acres were treated.  10,000 cubic tons of biomass was removed.  Their project will be finished by June.  A shaded fuel break will begin in Heartland.  Field work to prep is the next project.  They have funding to remove decked and undecked stuff around Hume Lake and Converse Bio-pit

OTFSC/Sierra RCD is working on collecting names of interested property owners who would like their property evaluated for home hardening/fire safety.  This evaluation would generate a report for the owners with suggestions of ways to improve chances of surviving a fire.  if interested, contact Julie at

How to communicate work done and opportunities to OTFSC service area:  Mahalia suggested we go beyond mailings  and social media and do interviews with community leaders and make that a basis for a letter.  She agreed to expand on this idea and email copies to board members.  

Establish a volunteer network:  We need more people working with OTFSC to implement plans for helping, educating, and creating awareness of fire mitigation that will make the entire mountain and foothill region more resistant to devastating forest fires.

Kiosks will be set up in two locations once the new grant receives a check from the Pinehurst Fuel Break grant.

Work on Orchard Drive and Dunlap Road will begin March 15.

Tear pads with maps and emergency information will be printed to give to all B&Bs in the area so guests can be informed of emergency evacuation procedures.



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