A recent $4.5 million grant from Cal Fire benefits Yuba Water’s ongoing efforts to support healthier, more resilient forests in an area that has experienced numerous wildfires over the course of the past 22 years.
These funds will be used for the Yuba Foothills Healthy Forest Project, a collaborative effort that includes Yuba Water Agency, Cal Fire, the Plumas National Forest, Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council, private landowners and local residents.
This grant will support 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.
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. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: caclimateinvestments.ca.gov