Dixie Fire recovery efforts appreciated by other jurisdictions

By Debra Moore

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When it comes to fire recovery, Plumas County seems to be doing a lot of things right and other jurisdictions are taking notice. Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Goss, who recently returned from the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) annual meeting, said he had received accolades for the progress the county has made in the aftermath of the Dixie Fire.

During the Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 20 meeting, Goss said it was nice to receive the recognition. “You don’t get kudos too often in this position,” he said, adding that those kudos go to the Dixie Fire Collaborative, local staff, OES and all of the partners involved in the recovery effort.

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Additionally, Goss recognized the presentation made by Greg Williams, executive director of Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, during the conference. “He knocked it out of the park,” Goss said. Williams shared strategies and tactics for making tourism a viable economy in rural California. Despite the fires, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship project has continued to press forward with its work, integrating both recreation and wildfire management in the process.

Goss also mentioned that a movie shown by Williams — “A Trail for Everyone” — was very well received. It can be viewed on the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship website: https://sierratrails.org/watch-a-trail-for-everyone/

This is a well done short film for those who have an interest in the history of the area, trail building or outdoor recreation.

Other topics during the Sept. 14-16 RCRC conference in Napa included broadband, redistricting and the polarization of political discourse, recession and its impact on rural counties, and city-county relationships. There were also numerous panels and opportunities for supervisors to share information. Goss served on a panel discussing fire recovery.

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A week after attending RCRC, Goss was invited to attend the After the Fire USA Wildfire Leadership Summit in Sonoma. The three-day conferenc, Sept. 20-22, was focused on recovery, rebuilding and reimagining. After the Fire USA is a nonprofit organization for wildfire recovery and resiliency in the West. The organization collaborates with public officials, private sector, and the nonprofit community.

Reached for comment during the second day of the conference, Goss said that he was learning a lot, as well as sharing the successes that Plumas is experiencing in the aftermath of the Dixie Fire.

What is RCRC?

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a member county service organization championing policies at the state and federal level on behalf of California’s rural counties. The term “rural” may be defined in various ways: population density, population size, demographics or economic data. However you define it, rural counties face unique challenges when dealing with federal and state policies. The greater distances, lower population densities, and geographic diversity of RCRC’s member counties create unique obstacles. For those reasons, “one-size-fits-all” policies don’t work.

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