MAST receives national award for inter-agency cooperation and achievemen.
In February 2007 the Riverside County Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST), along with those from San Bernardino and San Diego counties, were each awarded the national Two Chiefs Partnership Award. This award is made by the chiefs of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.
MAST includes federal, state and local agencies and groups which meet regularly and cooperate to protect the mountain communities. The Forest Service, NRCS, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the counties and the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council are all members of the Riverside County MAST. The award recognized these groups for “the highly effective partnership across ownership lines to seamlessly provide for forest health and fuel treatments that accomplished critical community protection and evacuation routes. This partnership across the landscape transformed Southern California forests from an explosion waiting to happen to forests with a future.”
Mike Esnard, MCFSC current president, and Blair Ceniceros, MCFSC past president, expressed elation and pride for the successes which have been achieved and cooperation between agencies which have made our community safer and our forest healthier.