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Sierra Nevada Community Conservation

and Wildfire Protection Plan Guidebook


The Sierra Nevada Community Conservation and Wildfire Protection Plan (CCWPP) Guidebook is designed to help communities in California's Sierra Nevada create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that balances fire safety and conservation values. It is based on a set of Conservation Principles developed by a collaborative Steering Committee of California agency, conservation, and scientific fire experts.

The Guidebook is divided into seven sections. For an overview of all sections, see the Table of ContentsTo see the complete list of downloadable documents, go to Sierra CCWPP Documents

Section One: How to Use this Guide introduces the guidebook and supporting documents and describes how to use them together with relevant web sites to create your own Conservation CWPP (CCWPP). This section will not be included in your final CWPP.

Section Two is the Executive Summary of your plan and process, and contains your conservation fire safety Action Plan. It summarizes the information you developed to create your CCWPP and Action Plan. This is a short document you can share with community members and decision-makers to implement your plan. This is the document that will likely be referred to as your CWPP. For small communities and groups such as a homeowner's association, this will likely be all you will need.

Section Three is comprised of nine Appendices containing information that supports the actions proposed in the Action Plan, and is sometimes included in a complete Fire Plan. The appendices can be completed and included with your plan, or you can use them as steps to follow to generate the information you will need to complete the Executive Summary/Action Plan.

Because so much information is contained in these appendices, they have been split into the separate documents listed on the Documents page. These may seem overwhelming on your first review. Remember, each is a document that can be tackled on its own. The documents that contain a lot of text—such as Appendices 3 and 4—are those where we’ve already done most of the work for you. Take your time to review the Appendices, perhaps reading through them a couple of times. Talk within your planning committee about how you want to accomplish each task. Approached individually, these appendices and the completion of your own plan will likely be far less overwhelming.

Section Four contains your Project Files. This is an organized list of the type of information you may develop in creating your plan. The Project Files serve to contain the records you create in this process, possibly stored in the office of your local Fire Safe Council or other sponsoring organization.

Section Five is the References section, containing the glossary, literature cited, and internet links for more information. Some of this information may be useful in your fire safety efforts beyond your fire plan.

Section Six is the Conservation and Fire Safety Background Materials. These are background documents to help you facilitate fire safety in your community. This information will be useful in many of your fire safety and fuel reduction efforts. You may want to share some or all of this information with your community members.

Section Seven is the Instructions, background documents to help you complete your process and write your plan. This section will not be included in your final CCWPP.

Conservation-Based Fire Safety Brochure

We created a brochure based on the Conservation Principles for Sierra Nevada residents:

Taking Action

Preparing for Wildfire in the Sierra Nevada

A landowner guide for
balancing fire safety and
conservation values.

11x17 Poster Version (as shown, low resolution, 1.5mb)

High Resolution Poster Version (7 mb)

8.5 x 11 Printable Version (1.5 mb)


Introductory Workshops

We are offering three sets of free introductory workshops throughout the Sierra Nevada this summer. The first day is a half-day general introduction to the project. The second day is an all-day hands-on workshop for those in the process of writing a CWPP.  For more information, contact

July 12-13, Placerville & Pollock Pines
       Poster (web)

August 21-22, Paradise

       Poster (web)

August 23, Sacramento

       Poster (web)

9 am - 10 am Briefing

10 am - 1 pm Detailed Discussion

Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 9th Street at "N"

September 11-12, Sonora

       Poster (web), media release

The project principle authors were Tracy Katelman, Marko Bey, Susan Britting, and Carol Rice. For more information, please contact Tracy Katelman.