Region Wins Critical Forest Management Grants Through Cap and Trade Funds

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8/30/18 In the past few years as the state has faced historic drought and damaging wildfire, restoring the resiliency of our regional forests and watersheds has become increasingly important. At the regional level, the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) has championed the goal of improving the health and durability of our forest ecosystems and communities. On August 7, CAL FIRE announced $27.5 million investment in forest health projects. TCSI has helped focus the investments in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the American, Bear, Carson, Truckee and Yuba watersheds, which are crucial for downstream communities, agricultural interests, recreationalists and the environment. The four TCSI grants will fund projects that are part of an all-lands regional restoration program and will be implemented by a collaborative of El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests, state agencies, nonprofits, and private land owners. These grants are funded by proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program to combat climate change.

In addition to the TCSI grants, $10,404,173 for Fuel Reduction projects and $337,071 for Fire Prevention Education and Planning projects was awarded within the counties of Placer and El Dorado.