VOLUNTEERING FOR FIRE SAFE CAMP MEEKER

Right Now

The Fire Safe Camp Meeker project brings together local volunteers and outside professionals to restore the redwood forest and make Camp Meeker safer in the event of a fire.

Many people have offered to do defensible space work as part of Fire Safe Camp Meeker. We will be starting small, helping individual landowners do defensible space work around their properties, before the main work of restoring the forest and creating evacuation routes begins.

We already have volunteers circulating the petition in their own little area, in order to demonstrate the level of community support for the project. If you think you might be able to help with this, please get in contact right now with Richard Seaman, so he can get a copy of the petition to you:

If you have graphic design and/or illustrating skills, then you could help us improve the proposal document and this website to give them more visual impact. This will help us gain support from the Camp Meeker community, and from government agencies and non-governmental organizations which have resources to make the restoration and wildfire safety work possible.

If you're good with words, then you could also help us improve the proposal document and this website.

Once The Restoration and Safety Work Has Begun

If you volunteer to do restoration and defensible space work, then most of what you do will be near the area where you live. This means things like replanting redwood seedlings and clearing problem trees from your own street, so you and your family can escape in safety if a fast-moving wildfire comes into your neighborhood, or to prevent it coming in at all.

Some people might prefer to work on their own or in small groups as time permits, while others prefer to work on organized "work days", perhaps held once a month. These group efforts will be organized as community builders within a neighborhood, with potluck food and drink, during and/or after the actual work, to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

There are many different tasks we need volunteers for, suited to many different levels of skill and physical ability:

HEAVY TASKS

  • Cutting down dead tan oaks and other problem trees, trimming and bucking them. This will only be done by outside professionals, and local volunteers who are chainsaw certified and fully equipped with a forestry helmet, hearing protection, eye protection, leather gloves, chainsaw chaps and steel-toed boots.

  • Hauling bucked logs and branches out of the forest so they can't act as fuel for a fire.

  • Transporting bucked logs to a place where they can be split into firewood, transporting firewood to its final destination, and transporting branches to a place where they can be chipped.

  • Splitting bucked logs into firewood, probably using an electric or gas log splitter. The enthusiastic are welcome to do it by hand!

  • Chipping branches. Branches which are less than an inch in diameter will be chipped, and the wood chips returned to the forest floor to prevent erosion on bare ground, or simply to add nourishment.

MEDIUM TASKS

  • Acting as a "buddy" for a chainsaw operator. This means being around when chainsaw work is being done, in order to keep people out of the danger area when a tree is being cut down, and to call for help in the unlikely event that an accident happens. If the chainsaw operator is cutting a tree down, then the buddy can be doing lighter tasks outside the danger area, or trimming the tree once it's down.

  • Cutting down trees is the most high-profile task, but 90% of the restoration and defensible space work will be done using hand-operated loppers. This involves removing low branches and other "ladder fuel", and cutting down unwanted saplings. Branches less than an inch in diameter on felled trees can also be trimmed off with loppers.

  • Cutting and removing ivy and poison oak (ouch!) so they can't act as ladder fuel, impede the growth of desirable trees and, in the case of poison oak, cause a serious health hazard for residents and firefighters in the event of a fire.

  • Removing invasive plants like blackberry, scotch broom and ivy. Specialized cutting and uprooting tools are available for this task.

  • Planting redwood seedlings.

  • Watering and maintaining redwood seedlings, in order to accelerate the restoration of the forest.

LIGHT TASKS

  • Circulating the petition in your small area of Camp Meeker, or just to people you know who live here or own property here. Any little bit helps. Signers must be residents of Camp Meeker or property owners here, and at least 16 years old.

  • Helping improve the content of the proposal document, this website, and other documents we're already generating as we request support from government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

  • Improving the visual impact of this website, the proposal document and other documents we generate. This would be a task for people with experience in graphic design and/or illustration.

  • Providing access to legal help to address issues involved with setting Fire Safe Camp Meeker up as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and with waivers, liability and other issues.

  • Fund-raising so we can purchase equipment, pay our startup costs and hire outside professionals to do difficult tasks like removing Douglas Firs which are at high risk of falling on houses. The fund-raising might take many forms, including writing grant applications and setting up KickStarter campaigns.

  • Accounting, once Fire Safe Camp Meeker is set up as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

  • Keeping records of the work volunteers are doing so they can be rewarded appropriately, and to ensure that we conform to forestry regulations.

  • Working on the board of directors of Fire Safe Camp Meeker.

If you'd like more information, or you're able to help then please contact Richard Seaman: