CalFire is awarding Yuba Water Agency $4.5 million in California Climate Investment funding for the proposed Yuba Foothills Healthy Forest project. The project will include more than 5,000 acres of public and private forestlands in the Yuba County foothills, in various areas around Dobbins, Challenge and Brownsville. A variety of forest treatments will be used including thinning, prescribed fire, pile burning and biomass utilization. The project will provide benefits to forest health, climate change resilience, species composition, catastrophic fire risk reduction and improved water yield. It also comes with direct benefits to hydropower and bio-energy fuels, and local jobs.
“This is such great news for our communities at risk of wildfire,” said Randy Fletcher, Yuba Water Agency board chairman and Yuba County supervisor for District 5, which includes the foothills. “This grant will enable us to get significant work done on the ground, and much of it on private land, to protect our people, our infrastructure and our water.”
Nevada County was awarded over $1.5 million to enhanced the 1,500-acre Grouse Ridge Research Forest through a diverse suite of treatment options and an ongoing commitment to long-term monitoring. This project will ultimately serve as a demonstration site for students, landowners, and other stakeholders, and thus have a far-reaching impact on future forestland management, research and policy creation.