ForestersResources and key information for foresters
Resources For Foresters
Forester Training Manual
You can find the MSW Forester Manual here. The document is a self-guided orientation tool, designed to assist foresters contracted with My Sierra Woods (MSW) in building a clear understanding of our program, processes, and expectations.
Not currently contracted with MSW, but interested? Connect with Chantz Joyce (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about the opportunity. We are always looking to expand our forester capacity for working with private landowners.
Once landowners are ready to commit to a treatment project, submit this form so the MSW team can determine financial assistance and work with you to identify an operator for the project.
NOTE: Operators will contract directly with MSW on treatment projects, which means they will request payment through this MSW Payment Request form. Foresters will not need to fill out this form, but you may need to direct operators to the form if asked.
For forms that are password-protected, please contact email@example.com for access.
Permitting and Exemptions
Much of our work is completed with CAL FIRE Timber Harvesting Forms (1038 Exemptions, etc.). These forms can be found here.
For projects not utilizing CAL FIRE documents, we are working with the local Resource Conservation District as the lead agency on CEQA documentation. An example form can be found here.
Spatial Data Resources
Click here to download a blank shapefile if you’d like a template for creating project boundaries.
NRCS California Treatment Standards
Forest Stand Improvement (666)
Woody Residue Treatment (384)
Fuel Break (383)
Prescribed Burning (338)
If your landowner’s property is located outside of the MSW footprint, we recommend connecting directly with the local RCD office to discuss eligibility for financial assistance through other local, state and federal programs like the CALFIRE California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) and the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).