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Now serving local fine wines AND craft beers!

Friday, May 19, 2017

6:00-9:30 p.m.

at the stunning

Miners Foundry

325 Spring St, Nevada City, California

Experience the world through flavors from around the globe paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Enjoy an evening of new flavors, friends, music and a silent auction to raise funds for the fire prevention programs and services of Fire Safe Council of Nevada County!

Video & Photos From Past Wine & Culinary Adventures

2016 Wine & Culinary Adventure

at the Miners Foundry

2012 Wine & Culinary Adventure

At Pilot Peak Winery

2011 Wine & Culinary Adventure

At Pilot Peak Winery

2010 Wine & Culinary Adventure

in The Union building, downtown Grass Valley

2009 Wine & Culinary Adventure

At Pilot Peak Winery

2017 Call for Nominations Form

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is calling for nominations from the community for the 2017 Fire Safe Awards to be given at the 10th Annual Culinary Adventure event on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Miner's Foundry in Nevada City, California.  The awards program was developed by the board of directors to recognize those dedicated to protecting our community from catastrophic wildfire.  The public is invited to submit nominations for consideration.

There are three recognitions to be given to individuals and groups meeting the criteria set for each award including exemplifying the mission of the FSCNC:  “To provide Firewise education and programs to enhance emergency preparedness for catastrophic wildfire to all citizens in Nevada County in order to reduce the loss of life, property and natural resources and to create Firewise Communities/USA®; to network with other Fire Safe Councils, governmental agencies and foundations for the benefit of the citizens of Nevada County.”



2016 Award Winners:

2016 Volunteer of the Year

Exemplifies the mission of the FSCNC with extensive personal commitment and dedication to programs/projects, community fire protection outreach and/or operational support.  Engages in other activities supporting the FSCNC in developing partnerships, funding opportunities and/or communicating the fire prevention message.

Awarded To:

Alan Doerr

Alan recently retired from the Tahoe National Forest as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist.  Utilizing GIS technology provides a computer based system to scope, strategically plan and map our efforts including past, current and future projects.  In an age of instant technology, Alan’s efforts filled a critical need within our organization and literally quantum leaped us into the 21st Century.  A new county-wide base map is being developed which will show all past, current and future projects to realize the ultimate vision of the Council.  Alan has even engaged his neighbors to complete needed roadside fuels reduction.  Alan’s contributions are deserving of recognition as the Volunteer of the Year. 

2016 Firewise Community of the Year

Exemplifies the mission of the FSCNC, has effective, independent Firewise Committee, assists in educating community on fire safe programs, defensible space, emergency preparedness.  Works annually to retain Firewise designation.  Actively supports the FSCNC and Firewise program by enlisting volunteers, sponsoring a Scotch Broom Challenge and/or community fuels reduction projects.

Awarded To:

Greater Champion Neighborhood

Their Firewise Community volunteers have done an exceptional job in educating their community on how to prepare for wildfire including special presentations by an entomologist on the bark beetle crisis to a fire ecologist on the impacts of climate change on wildfire behavior.  Their efforts to address a pocket of dangerous hazard trees from beetle kill along their evacuation route involved numerous agency partners.  They have also implemented a variety of volunteer fuel reduction projects on the ground over the past 2 years to reduce the hazardous fuel loading.  They set an excellent example of what the Firewise Communities program may accomplish.  

2016 Fire Safe Partner of the Year

Exemplifies the mission of the FSCNC, provides in-kind or direct program funding support and technical expertise to expand the effectiveness and efficiency of the Councils efforts.  Demonstrates leadership by developing community partnerships and expanding community awareness for wildfire mitigation and fire safety.

Awarded To: 

Pacific Gas & Electric

PG&E actively manages vegetation around powerline easements in our community for not only safety, but reliability.  This is no easy task where homes and powerlines are intermixed with the forest.  Their teams inspect nearly 2,000 miles of overhead electrical lines annually.  In just two years, PG&E is working to remove and prune nearly 80,000 trees in the Nevada District alone.  Much of this work is in response to the current drought and bark beetle mortality.  The rapid rate of mortality has required even more patrols for inspection to be added to address the crisis. PG&E has long been a partner of the Council by serving on the board of directors, educating the public and providing grants to help fund on the ground programs.  PG&E has granted nearly a quarter million dollars for fire prevention in the last three years alone.  Whether it’s the annual Prepare for Fire Season Guide with the “Right Tree-Right Place” education, or attending Firewise Community education events, they are truly a partner in meeting the mission of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County. 

Check out past winners of the Nevada County Fire Safe Awards.