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ABOUT US

The Eastern Sierra Wildfire Alliance (ESWA) is a group of stakeholders from Alpine, Mono, and Inyo counties representing non-profit organizations, Fire Safe Councils, federal, state and local government agencies, and California Native American Tribes.

Our Mission

To prevent catastrophic wildfires by improving ecosystem health and community resiliency through collaboration and capacity increasing programs.

Our History

The ESWA was created in response to the increase in wildfire activity in the eastern Sierra region. Following catastrophic fire events such as the Round Fire of 2015, it became evident that coordinated fire prevention and ecosystem health efforts were needed for the region. ESWA was founded to help increase the pace and scale of projects, enhance communication efforts, build capacity, and act as a repository for resources and information.

Our Activities

  • Assist with efforts dedicated to ecosystem health management (fuels reduction, restoration, biomass removal etc.)​

  • Develop more community-based involvement through a collaborative

  • Assist in the pursuit of grant funds

  • Explore green waste disposal options and community chipping options

  • Implement and amend as necessary Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

  • Provide capacity building programs (grant writing workshop, home hardening seminar, CEQA/NEPA workshop)

  • Increase education and outreach efforts 

PROGRAM STAFF

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HOLLY ALPERT

Grant Manager

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RICK KATTELMANN

Program Development Specialist