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Monitoring Ben Lomond Camp Crews

Monitoring Ben Lomond Camp hand crews

The way that we have been able to stretch our few grant dollars so far is by leveraging our partnership with CAL FIRE to use Ben Lomond Camp Crews wherever possible and preserving hard dollars for hiring private contractors to work in areas where the crews are not appropriate. In order to take advantage of the crew days available from CAL FIRE as in kind matching, we need one or occasionally two monitors (AKA sponsors) per day to lend an extra pair of eyes from 9am to 4pm to the CAL FIRE captains supervising the crews.

Please help us out by becoming a monitor/sponsor and donating a day or two monitoring work on our projects. The crews are expert woodsmen and I always learn some useful techniques watching them work.

For monitoring crews, the CDCR requires that you undergo a one time four hour training about the mechanics and legal requirements of working with minimum security inmates. 

The next class will be  will be held on Thursday March 1st at Ben Lomond Conservation Camp at 13575 Empire Grade, Bonny Doon, CA. 95060 from 9am -12pm (yes, it’s actually only 3 hours). 

Please register for the class before before Wednesday, February 28.

Upon arriving at camp please park to the right of the flag pole. Do not leave valuables in view, roll up windows and lock your vehicles.

As this is a state prison please remember there is no alcohol or tobacco of any kind allowed on grounds, as well as no guns or knives of any kind.

Trained Since Summer 2012?

Once you have completed the training (see above for how to get training), every calendar year you must attest in writing that you have completed the training and reviewed the 14 relevant laws. For the purposes of these forms, your agency is Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council, and you should review the Sponsor Checklist and CDCR's 10 Commandments (down from 17 in 2012).