MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD
November 11, 2004
To: El Dorado County Fire Safe Council
Subject: 2004 STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION FOR THE FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
The November 17th, 2003 meeting of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council will
not be a regular monthly business meeting of the Council. This meeting is our
annual Strategic Planning Meeting. I have attached to the announcement email, the
updated Strategic Planning Project Matrix. I added a new column for 2005 Proposed
Actions. The items are not in priority order, but documented for the record in the
order in which they were discussed. I have also included some projects that were
implemented with Council approval in 2004 but not included in the list.
During the November 10th meeting of the Fire Safe Council Board of
Directors, the El Dorado County Wildfire Protection Plan (EDCWPP) was formally adopted
by the Board. This document represents a long year of very hard work on the part of
the Fire Plan Committee and many other stakeholders. I would particularly like to
express my appreciation to Gene Murphy who chaired the committee and to Doug Leisz
and Dick Harrell (both Registered Professional Foresters), Jose Crummett (EDC GIS
Manager), Jennifer Boyd (USFS/ENF) and Chris Waters (CDF/Amador El Dorado Unit) for
their dedication to this project.
Our EDCWPP is a very dynamic document, has been put together in a
3-ring binder to facilitate updates, and will be the guiding tool for the Council in
our strategic planning over the coming years. We intend to have a minimum of two
Strategic Planning meetings throughout the year to update the EDCWPP with current
project status and funding. The Fall meeting has been scheduled to coincide with the
federal call for proposals, usually sometime during January. And a Spring meeting will
be held to likewise address State and Local budgeting and funding requirements. These
will both be very important meetings-the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council is your
vehicle to represent your community, agency, business, or simply as an individual. One
of the reasons our Council is so dynamic is that we are growing exponentially in our
vision. Membership (interested individuals who have attended Council meetings or
expressed an interest in being included in our email network) continues to grow at an
amazing pace as does the attendance at our meetings. New people mean new areas of
focus for our community outreach and identification of new programs to assist residents
in making their homes and neighborhoods more fire safe.
If you are unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday November 17th,
please take a moment to review the attached project matrix and email me corrections or
proposed additions for the Council to consider. I realize that many of you are not
able to attend our meetings, but your input is critical to our strategic planning.
The strength of our Council is because of the proactive involvement of our members.
Thank you in advance for your continuing support. I will prepare a year-end 2004
summary of all our programs and funding and report on the results of the Strategic
Planning meeting. I look forward to hearing from you.
El Dorado County Fire Safe Council