CEQA Strategies to Streamline Wildfire Fuel Reduction

The session will provide an overview of the new statewide California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) and provide practical and helpful “how to” information about using the CalVTP Program EIR (instead of your own!) to streamline fire fuel projects.

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June 18, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


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FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

About this webinar:

California is facing an unprecedented wildfire crisis, and wildfire risks are especially high in many of the parks and natural areas where trail use and outdoor recreation occur. To protect resources and public safety near trails, managers often need to conduct wildfire fuel reduction projects such as forest thinning or prescribed burning. But, CEQA compliance can bring challenges to state, regional, and local agencies seeking to implement projects that reduce wildfire risks. The panel will share practical lessons in streamlining CEQA compliance for wildfire fuel reduction projects. The session will provide an overview of the new statewide Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) and provide practical and helpful “how to” information about using the CalVTP Program EIR (instead of your own!) to streamline fire fuel projects. The panel will also provide practical guidance on other approaches to streamline the environmental process for fuel reduction projects including the use of CEQA exemptions, program EIRs, and strategies for projects that are subject to the Californian Forest Practice Act. The panel will also present environmental considerations that are specific to fuel reduction projects along trails. Real world project examples will be provided, and audience members will be encouraged to share project examples for discussion.

Target audience: Public agency trail planners, park planners, land managers, and environmental professionals, regulatory and resources agencies, trail advocates with some planning and environmental process knowledge. Not a beginner’s course in CEQA.

CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • How to apply the newly created CalVTP Program EIR to streamline CEQA compliance for eligible fuel reduction projects;
  • Strategies to streamline CEQA compliance for fuel reduction projects to save money and time; and
  • Examples of environmental considerations for fuel reduction projects along trails.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Webinar Partners


Curtis E. Alling, AICP, Principal, Ascent Environmental

A principal of Ascent Environmental, Curtis is a CEQA and NEPA expert and recreation planner with over 40 years of experience. He has led the CEQA compliance process for numerous state, regional, and local fuel reduction projects, including the recently released statewide CalVTP Program EIR for the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. He has also led numerous trail projects including the trail components of California State Parks General Plans (Carmel Area, Auburn SRA), State Park Road and Trail Change-in-Use Program EIR (Statewide California), Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway Project (East Shore, Lake Tahoe), and the Dry Creek Greenway Trail EIR (City of Roseville).


Adam Lewandowski, AICP, Senior Associate, Ascent Environmental

Adam Lewandowski is a recreation planner and CEQA and NEPA expert with specialized experience in forest management projects. He has prepared dozens of CEQA documents for fuel reduction projects and provides guidance to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy on CEQA strategies for forest management projects throughout the Sierra Nevada. He has also prepared California State Parks General Plans (Kings Beach SRA, Auburn SRA) and other recreation and land management plans.


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  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
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  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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