In 2019, Cal Fire awarded $4.5 million to Yuba Water Agency and partners to fund needed forest health treatments in the Yuba County foothills. The project is a collaborative effort that includes Yuba Water, the Plumas National Forest, Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council, private timber companies and landowners.
This grant is supporting significant biomass removal treatments on 5,375 acres in the Yuba County foothills, all of which are adjacent to communities with limited resources for fire risk reduction efforts, including Oregon House, Dobbins, Brownsville, Challenge and Rackerby. These treatments will improve forest health and reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire within a “Project Impact Zone” that spans more than 71,000 acres and includes an estimated 2,721 structures. This project began implementation in 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2024.
The Yuba Foothills Healthy Forest Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website.