Scoping starts on vegetation plan

10/31/2013

A new version of a draft vegetation and biodiversity management plan has the endorsement of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, and a 60-day public scoping period on the plan’s associated environmental impact report will start in the middle of November, said Linda Dahl, head of Marin County Parks and Open Space. The plan seeks to balance fire safety with biodiversity management, Ms. Dahl said. Concerns flared this summer over whether changes to fire fuel break management threatened public safety; the parks department said the constant task of removing fire fuel was inefficient and should be limited. Mischon Martin, the chief of natural resources for the parks department, told the Light that new language was added that outlines how land managers, including firefighting agencies and the parks department, will collaborate on future vegetation management actions. The parks department will hold a meeting inviting public input on the plan at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 at a location yet to be determined. For information call (415) 473.6387.