The Southern California Interagency Fire and Fuels Cadre is comprised of agency partners from Tribal fire departments, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, CalFIRE, California State Parks, the US Forest Service, and other entities that oversee fire management departments to establish support systems to meet the fire training and capacity needs of Southern California.
Under expert guidance by La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Fire Chief Wesley Ruise, Jr. and in collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance and its Tribal Working Group, this interagency Cadre was convened in 2022 with the goal of advancing efforts to build economic and climate resilience in Tribal and non-tribal communities across Southern California.
The Cadre meets virtually on a monthly basis. Please reach out to the Climate Science Alliance at email@example.com if you are interested in participating or supporting the Cadre.
Stewardship Pathways Training Program: Indigenous Fire Stewardship Pathway
Participants will have the opportunity to receive certifications necessary to become a wildland firefighter and Tribal monitor working on the fire line.
Indigenous Fire, Forestry, and Fuels Crew
The Crew is trained in fire, forestry, and fuels management that will support efforts in the region to address fire danger in historically excluded communities and to advance resilient and adaptive pathways for conserving the land.
A special thank you to the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians for hosting the Indigenous Fire, Forestry, and Fuels Crew. Thank you to Chief Wesley Ruise Jr. and Joelene Tamm for their leadership, vision, and perseverance to bring the idea to life, and to the agency partners who have committed their time and expertise to the development and sustainability of this Cadre.
Funding for this project comes from the California Department of Conservation and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County.