Region Wins Critical Forest Management Grants Through Cap and Trade Funds
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.