On November 8, 2018, the town of Paradise, California was destroyed by a massive fire. Apparently started by power lines, killing over 80 people and destroying almost 14,000 homes, this was California’s most disastrous fire. The recovery process will take years, but the work has already started.

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The goal of The Camp Fire Restoration Project is to support landowners and private and public agencies in environmental and community restoration in the areas affected by the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, California.

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Thank you all for making our Spring Ecosystem Restoration Camp Weekend and Action Day a great success!

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About The Camp Fire Restoration Project

The Camp Fire Restoration Project aims to organize boots on the ground technical, educational, and financial support and demonstrate methods of recovery that work with the needs of nature and humans through applying permaculture and other ecological restoration methods.


To secure several staging and training areas for restoration material deployment; wattles, straw bales, wood chips, seed, and biochar, compost, mushroom spawn, plants, trees, etc. The idea is that the sites will serve as a transfer station and place to train homeowners and other groups on how to use and deploy these materials to aid in the ecological recovery of the fire damaged areas.


We will bring in experts in areas of ecological restoration, Permaculture, Natural Building, Regenerative land and Ag Practices to educate the citizens and public officials in both a hands-on and classroom settings and at demonstration sites for models and technologies that simultaneously benefits both humans and natural systems.

Establish an Ecological Restoration Camp

At least one of these demonstration sites will be the home base and community building site for locals who lost both their homes and livelihoods in the fire. Training in the restoration and rebuilding process will be offered to make the participants able to be hired to do the ecological restoration work in the area. This will offer a way to help people get back on their feet while helping heal the land and their spirit.

Influence local ordinances

We hope from showing practical, well-working models, backed up by data, and science that community members and local governments will adopt some of these regenerative models.

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“I think one of our greatest mistakes is seeing ourselves separate from nature and that nature is somewhere “out there.” Unfortunately, it is events like the Camp Fire that remind us this is not the case. It is time to fit ourselves back into nature appropriately.”

Matthew Trumm, coordinator of the Camp Fire Restoration Project

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The devastating CAMP FIRE in Butte County has burnt over 130,000 acres and rising. So far, over 7500 structures, 43 dead, 50,000+ displaced, many out of a job, and countless lives destroyed. The entire town of Paradise has been completely wiped out.

In these times of extreme darkness, its our chance to shine the light of hope. Every problem has a more creative solution and now is the time to act.

We need your help to establish "The Camp Fire Restoration Project"
OFFICIALLY ENDORSED BY John Dennis Liu, Penny Livingston, and Dr. Elaine Ingham!

Phase 1:

  • a. Create a Base Camp (Education and demonstration site to house and train local victims using sustainable and ecological solutions using Permaculture design to model, adopt, and spread throughout the fire damaged areas.
    Infrastructure (Shelters, Communal kitchen, Water, Waste, Earthworks)
    Help fund contractors, leaders and experts who will facilitate the project.
  • b. Restoration (STEP 1)
    Bio-remediation of toxic runoff materials (compost/fungi)
    -Water harvesting and penetrating earthworks (swales, silt traps, ponds/dams)
    Erosion control and planting soil stabilizing cover crops (wood chips, swaddles, compost, seeds)
    Re-purposing useful waste materials

In May, we produced the long-term Vision for CFRP and Camp Paradise.


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