Learn more about how the East Bay Regional Park District Fire Services Department works to reduce the potential for dangerous wildfires in the Regional Parks in this short video. The Park District's Fire Department is currently using a variety of methods to reduce hazardous wildland fuels, maintain fuel breaks in the East Bay Hills, and control invasive weeds.
A Recommended Treatment Area, (RTA), is an area that the District has determined is in need of fuels treatment by using the Wildfire Hazard Assessment Plan.
This document maps the Recommended Treatment Areas (RTAs) in the Districts parks included in the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan.
The Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan is a guiding tool for fuels management approaches throughout the East Bay Regional Parklands.
1. Reduce fire hazards on District-owned lands in the East Bay's wildland-urban interface to an acceptable level of risk.
2. Maintain and enhance ecological values for plant and wildlife habitat consistent with fire reduction goals.
3. Preserve aesthetic landscape values for park users and neighboring communities.
4. Provide a vegetation management plan which is cost-effective to EBRPD on a continuous basis.
1. Evaluate the location and adequacy of the District's fuel break.
2. Provide a menu of options for fuels management and habitat restoration and maintenance. Options will address different topographic situations, vegetation types, available tools and techniques.
3. Evaluate the environmental effects of vegetation management options.
4. Minimize their effects on species of concern.
5. Maintain optimal habitat and ecological function.
6. Provide a plan that enables the District to make informed, adaptive decisions about ongoing vegetation management based on:
7. Involve diverse stakeholder groups, including agencies and organizations adjoining District lands. The environmental document will solicit broad public input to identify values and concerns related to vegetation management alternatives.
The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) provides information for concerned parties about the environmental impact of implementing the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan.
The public was given the opportunity to comment on both the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan and the Environmental Impact Report. The District then responded to the comments and published the responses which can be read here: