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State Approves $26 million for North Coast Fire Prevention and Forest Health Grants

Aug 20, 2018

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California faced an unprecedented wildfire season in 2017 and the 2018 wildfire season is off to an extremely challenging start with the state experiencing the largest wildfire in California history – the Mendocino Complex Fire. Almost 1 million acres have burned across California since January of 2018.

For months, the Legislature and the Governor have committed to making significant investments to enhance both firefighting resources and fire prevention programs to protect our communities from the rising threats of wildfires. 

The Northern California Legislative Delegation of Senator Mike McGuire, Senator Bill Dodd and Assemblymembers Jim WoodMarc Levine and Cecilia Aguiar-Curry have been fierce advocates to secure funds and invest them where the need is greatest, here in the North Bay and North Coast where wildfires have ravaged local communities.

“California is facing a new normal – the size and scope of wildland fires are getting worse. These grants will better prepare and protect the North Coast by reducing hazardous fuels, removing dead and dying trees and helping communities with fire planning,” McGuire said. “With nearly 1 million acres burned so far this year, these mega-fires have proven deadly and extremely destructive and have also released countless tons of carbon into our atmosphere. The safety of our communities depends on programs like these being implemented across the state.”

Grants in Senate District 2 include:

Fire Prevention Grants:

County

Grant Type

Sponsoring Organization

Total

Humboldt

Fire Prevention Education

University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension

$286,689

Lake

Fuel Reduction

Seigler Springs Community Redevelopment Association

$216,869

Sonoma

Fire Prevention Education

Mayacamas Fire Safe Council

$5,000

Sonoma

Fuel Reduction

Muniz Ranches Property Oweners Association

$61,650

Sonoma

Fuel Reduction

Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works

$1,082,969

Sonoma

Fuel Reduction

Sea Ranch Fire Safe Council

$44,250

Sonoma

Fuel Reduction

Geyserville Fire Protection District

$497,750

Mendocino

Fuel Reduction

County of Mendocino

$951,450

Mendocino

Fuel Reduction

Brooktrails Fire Department

$162,550

Marin

Fire Prevention Planning

Southern Marin Fire Protection District

$53,680

Marin

Fire Prevention Education

FIRESafe MARIN

$71,288

Marin

Fuel Reduction

Marin County Parks and Open Space District

$75,000

Trinity

Fuel Reduction

The Watershed Research and Training Center

$197,635

Trinity

Fuel Reduction

Trinity County Resource Conservation District

$421,463

     

$4,128,243

Forest Health Grants:

County

Applicant

Project Name

Total

Humboldt

Sean & Kathryn O'Day

Grizzly Creek Forest Conservation Easement

$1,195,500

Lake

Heart Consciousness Church DBA Harbin Hot Springs

Valley Fire Remediation and Upper Putah Creek Watershed Restoration Program

$469,000

Sonoma

Western Rivers Conservancy/Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District

Silva Ranch Coservation Easement

$4,050,000

Humboldt

Save the Redwoods League

Redwoods to the Sea Corridor Forest Resilience Project

$1,279,270

Humboldt

City of Arcata

Arcata Community Forest Expansion- Forsyth Tract

$227,000

Humboldt

The Trust for Public Land

McKay Community Forest Phase 2 and Adjacent Ryan Creek Legacy Easement

$3,600,000

Humboldt

Northcoast Regional Land Trust

Diamond D Forest Conservation Easement

$4,500,000

Mendocino

Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

Applied Innovative Forest Health Strategies on Post-Fire Landscapes

$1,909,820

Humboldt/Siskiyou

Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Western Klamath Landscape Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project

$5,000,000

     

$22,230,590

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