U.S. Department of Agriculture,

Forest Service

The primary mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Its goals are multifaceted, including the conservation of wildlife habitats, the maintenance of water quality, the contribution to the overall health of forest ecosystems, and the support of recreation and tourism.

The Forest Service also works to combat climate change through sustainable forest management practices and by restoring and conserving landscapes.

Hat Creek Lumber, LLC is constructing a sawmill to process logs from neighboring forests that are removed to promote healthy forests.  The Hat Creek Lumber sawmill construction is funded in part by a grant from the Forest Service, Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance and Wood Innovations Programs.

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California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, commonly known as CAL FIRE, is an essential state firefighting agency in California. Established in 1885, CAL FIRE is responsible for fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately owned wildlands. In addition, the agency provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.

CAL FIRE’s role is not only critical in combating wildfires but also in implementing fire prevention strategies through public education, building codes, and fire breaks. The agency operates an extensive fleet of firefighting equipment, including over 50 aircraft that include helicopters and large air tankers. During major wildfires, CAL FIRE becomes the operational lead in mobilizing firefighting resources and coordinating with other state, local, and federal agencies.

The department also plays a pivotal role in emergency response beyond fires, such as earthquakes and floods. CAL FIRE’s capabilities in emergency management are enhanced by its workforce, which includes over 3,500 permanent employees and 2,500 seasonal firefighters. The extensive training programs and rapid response capabilities of CAL FIRE make it a key player in California’s strategy to mitigate the impact of natural disasters and protect its residents and natural resources.

The Hat Creek Lumber sawmill construction is funded in part by a grant from the CAL FIRE, Business and Workforce Development Program.

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Fall River Resource Conservation District

The Fall River Resource Conservation District (FRRCD) was organized in 1957 and consists of approximately 1.2 million acres in northeastern California, including parts of Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Modoc Counties.

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Stewardship West

The Zeman family passion for stewardship philosophy was sparked by Howard, a decorated Vietnam War Vet whose career with the US Forest Service spanned over 32 years.

Stewardship West is continuing the tradition with a boots- on- the- ground, action focused approach to ensuring the health and welfare of our forests for current and future generations.

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