Episodes

Episode 1: Interviewees include Jim Pesout, Leanne Bryan, Sean Kriletich, and Tim Laddish. All four of these community members have been extremely involved in the social and ecological recovery process following the Butte Fire.

Episode 2: Interviewee is Jim Caroll, West Point Fire Chief and fire behavior expert. Jim talks about the behavior and spread of the Butte Fire as well as fire efforts in the region.

Episode 3: Interviewees include Calaveras County Director of Public Works, Jeff Crovitz, and Director of Environmental Health, Jason Boetzer discussing the Butte Fire and moving forward.

Episode 4: Interviewees include Katherine Evatt, Board President of the Foothill Conservancy, and Reuben Childress, Watershed Conservation Associate for the Foothill Conservancy. The two talk about stewardship, restoration, and conservation topics in the Sierras.

Episode 5: Interviewee is Chris Wright, current Calaveras County District 2 Supervisor. Chris talks about his past three years as district supervisor and is plans for the coming year as well as challenges related to the Butte Fire.

Episode 6: Interviewees include Amy Rocha, District Conservationist of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Sean Kriletich of Calaveras Grown. Amy and Sean talk about proper management of private lands and moving forward following the Butte Fire.

Episode 7: Interviewee is John Buckley, Executive Director of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center. John discusses the state of natural resources in the Sierras and what can be done to be better stewards of the land.

Episode 8: Interviewees include hosts Steve Wilensky, Mary Sketch, and Robert Zellers discussing the restoration and economic development work of CHIPS and the Sierra Fellows Program.

 Episode 9: Interviewees are Jim Casey, retired teacher and activist from West Point, and Catherine Lambie, Executive Director of the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families (BMCYF) in West Point. Jim and Catherine discuss the importance of fostering community strength and education in rural areas.  (is same as episode 6)

Episode 10: Interviewee is Jan Bray, retired registered professional forester from Amador County. Jan discusses tree mortality in the area and the state of the forests in the Sierra.

Episode 11: Interviewee is Jim Branham, executive officer of Sierra Nevada conservancy. Jim discusses how the conservancy is ran, the grant programs and community support activities. 

 Episode 12: Interviewee is Pete Bell, Vice President of the Foothill Conservancy in Amador County. Pete discusses watershed conservation and related natural resource issues in the Sierra Nevada.

Episode 13: Interviewees include Parker Donnelly and Donnie Escamilla of California Reforestation, a private group working on reforestation in the Central Sierras. Parker and Donnie discuss restoration after the Butte Fire and increased tree mortality. Parker and Donnie are both graduates of Columbia College’s Forestry program.

Episode 14: Interviewee is Teresa McClug, who is Calaveras County’s District Ranger from the Calaveras Ranger District. She is on to discuss consensus, agreement and controversies involved in forest management in the region. 

Episode 15: Interviewee is Gwen Starrett who is a resident of Amador county, group leader of Amador Calaveras Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and a member of the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group. She is on to discuss watershed and forestry restoration in the area. She graduated from USC with a degree in biology and completed a graduate degree in Aquatic Ecology at UC-Davis. 

Episode 16: Interviewee is Jack Garamendi who is running unopposed for district two supervisor and is a rancher in Paloma. He is on to discuss his plans as the district two supervisor and what can we do in the aftermath of the Butte fire.  

Episode 17: Interviewee is Mike Kurkley who is a retired Cal Fire fire chief for Sutter Creek. He is currently on the city planning commission for Sutter Creek, PG&E Stewardship Council and President of the Mother Lode Land Trust. Mike discusses a range of topics including preserving land. 

Episode 19: Interviewee is Regine Miller who is a resident of Camptonville. She is part of a non-profit called the Camptonville Community Partnership where she is the project manager of the Forest Biomass Business Center. Regine discusses the projects she is involved with in Camptonville. 

Episode 20: Interviewee is Tim Tate from the Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI). He is the Area Manager for the southern Sierra Area (320,000 acres) which contains about 75,000 acres in Calaveras County. Tim explains the challenges out in the forest and what SPI is doing to renew infrastructure.

Episode 21: Interviewee is Randy Moore from the Forest Service where he is a regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region. He was in West Point signing a stewardship agreement for the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group and is on to discuss what the master forest stewardship agreement means for the area.

Episode 22: Interviewee is Caz Tomaszewski who is executive director of Calaveras Cannabis Alliance. Some of the topics discussed include what the alliance is and what ethical vs. unethical cannabis cultivation looks like. 

Episode 24: The first interviewee is Pat Mcgreevy- GIS expert, Calaveras Amador Forest Team member and an Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group member. Pat discusses the fear of fire in the county, and the importance of being active in fire fuel reduction and building fire-safe defensible space. The second interviewee is Bryce Henney who is a new Sierra Fellow working with CHIPS.

Episode 25: Interviewee is Julia Costello of Foothill Resources who received a Ph.D. in archeology and is a member of the Register of Professional Archeologists. She discusses cultural sites in the Calaveras region and beyond, along with the importance of recognizing these sites. 

Episode 26: Interviewees are Susan Robinson and Penny Sarvis of Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. Susan and Penny discuss the state of the forests in the Sierras, the negative impacts of clearcutting, and forest policy and implementation across the region.

Episode 27:  Interviewee is Maryanne Garamendi, founder of Stewardship through Education, a program that brings environmental awareness to students in our area. She discusses the importance of hands on education and conservation in the schools.

Episode 28: Interviewees are Josh White and Adam Frese of CalFire. Josh is the Unit Chief of the Calaveras Toulumne Unit and Adam is the Unit Forester. Josh and Adam discuss the Butte Fire, the current fire season, tree mortality, and the state of forests in the Sierra.

Episode 29:  Interviewee is Bruce Hilbach Barger from Mendocino County who discusses best management practices for marijuana growers, cannabis regulations, and legalization in California.

Episode 30: Interviewee is Barbara Balen, former archeologist for the US Forest Service out of the Stanislaus National Forest. She discusses cultural resources in the area and restoration efforts across the region.

Episode 31: Interviewees are Irvin Jim and Cassandra Fred of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. Irvin Jim is the Tribal Chief of the Hung-a-lel-ti tribe of California and Cassandra Fred is the head of recreation for the tribe. They discuss tribal history, traditions, and the current state and happenings of the tribe.

Episode 32: Interviewee is Fred Valasquez, a cultural restoration specialist and community member at large in the Blue Mountain Region.

 

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