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The Central Section will host the Sierra Retreat scheduled for August 25-27 at Lake Sequoia in eastern Fresno County. Save the dates, and plan to attend the 25th Annual Sierra Retreat, which offers planners, their families and fellow professionals the opportunity to relax and enjoy a beautiful mountain environment as well as a professional development program.

Escape the Valley heat, participate in the Saturday morning planning program, and enjoy the beautiful lake setting with the companionship of family and fellow planners at Sequoia Lake. Campfires, hiking, boating, fishing, rope course, and relaxing all await you!

An AICP-credit eligible professional development program is also included on Saturday. This year’s program will feature “Into the Wild(lands):A Wildland Firefighter’s Perspective on Planned Growth” led by CAL FIRE Protection & Planning Division Chief Jim McDougald. Chief McDougald will present Fresno-Kings Unit’s vegetation management plans and describe how they are influenced by planned development. He will also recount CAL FIRE’s lessons from the 2015 Rough Fire, which burned 151,623 acres and nearly reached Sequoia Lake. The session will move into the field with a tour of the dead tree removal program conducted by the YMCA on the Sequoia Lake property.

Registration fees include all meals and lodging (TWO NIGHTS LODGING/FIVE MEALS – Friday p.m. through Sunday a.m., including all retreat activities). Check-in will begin at 5:00 pm Friday, August 25. If you have any questions, please email or call Retreat Coordinator Karl Schoettler at karl@weplancities.com or (559) 734-8737.

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