Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan has formed five committees to implement, sustain and monitor the JCIFP and other non-fire hazards. When appropriate, sub-committees have merged with their counterparts under the Jackson County Integrated Fire Plan as much of the work done is regional.
For more information on how to get involved with a committee, contact Josephine County Emergency Management at 541-474-5300.
The Josephine County Risk/Fuels Committee is a collaboration between fire plan partners and local communities to identify, prioritize, and implement fuels reductions projects in Josephine County. Primary partners include the BLM, USFS, ODF, Josephine County GIS, Illinois Valley Community Development (IVCDO), Illinois Valley Fire Department, Josephine County Soil and Water District, and the USDA NRCS. The committee’s objectives are to identify communities at risk, the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) boundary, maintain and update the risk assessment, identify and prioritize fuel reduction projects, identify strategies for coordinating projects on a landscape scale, administer grants for fuels reduction, provide opportunity for special needs citizens, and identify opportunities for biomass marketing and utilization.
The JCIFP and its sub-committees are overseen by the Josephine County Emergency Management Board (EMB). This all-risk multi-agency group functions as the steering committee for both the Integrated Fire Plan and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The EMB works on issues related to response, evacuation, incident command and multi-agency response for wildfire and other natural and man-made disasters. The EMB also acts as a liaison to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners on behalf of the JCIFP and convenes the JCIFP Committee chairs on a regular basis to ensure long-term coordination of the JCIFP.
The Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan Stewardship Group was established in 2004 by local citizens and agency partners as an effort to integrate community fire safety planning with the development of forest restoration and stewardship projects to protect forests and community interface areas from unwanted fire. The Josephine County Stewardship Group (JCSG), as it is now called, is a diverse and committed group of local and regional individuals and organizations with representation from local government, federal and state land management agencies, forestry contractors, non-profit organizations, and environmental groups who work together to improve forest and community health in Josephine County. The Josephine County Stewardship Group engages in collaborative planning, education, implementation, and monitoring of stewardship contracts.