SNC to consider $22.5 million in forest resilience, land conservation, and recreation grants

May 17, 2023 | SNC Updates

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Members of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) host a field tour of the Dixie Fire titled “Reforestation in a Burning Landscape.” Wildfire recovery and forest resilience in the Sierra-Cascade should get much-needed help after Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Board meeting June 1.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), a California state agency focused on supporting and improving the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra-Cascade region, will host its quarterly board meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 1 in the town of Chester, Ca. The day before, May 31, the SNC will host a field tour of wildfire recovery and forest resilience projects in the area.

Up for consideration are 24 different grants totaling $22.5 million to wildfire recovery and forest resilience, land conservation, and recreation projects throughout the Sierra-Cascade region.

With Governing Board approval, nine projects would receive just under $14.5 million through SNC’s Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program. Another nine would be awarded just under $6.3 million via SNC’s Strategic Land Conservation Directed Grant Program and nearly $2 million would go to six Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Directed Grant Program applicants.

Meeting participation, tour attendance, and public comments welcome

Members of the public are invited to attend the field tour and participate in the meeting in Chester. A live audio stream of the event will also be available, although remote participation will not be possible. The public is encouraged to review project information and submit any comments by May 26, 2023.

View detailed tour and meeting information, including information on individual grants and how to submit a public comment.

Twenty-four projects to be considered across California’s Sierra-Cascade

If all grants are awarded, projects will be implemented in the following counties: Butte, El Dorado, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tulare, and Yuba.

Northern and north-central Sierra-Cascade projects

  1. Magalia Forest and Wildfire Resilience Project (Butte County) —The $999,636 grant to the Butte County Fire Safe Council would enhance and protect forests and water resources near the town of Magalia.
  2. Mountain Meadows Trail Planning (Lassen County)—The $142,359 to the Mountain Meadows Conservancy would help complete pre-construction planning for the creation of a new 7.3-mile non-motorized, shared-use trail at Mountain Meadows Reservoir.
  3. Almanor Rail Trail Planning (Plumas County)—The Almanor Recreation and Park District would use the $232,491 planning grant to convert a 12-mile former railroad grade to a non-motorized, multi-modal rail trail between Chester and Clear creeks.
  4. American Valley Community Services District Hazardous Fuel Reduction (Plumas County)—Plumas County Fire Safe Council would use $617,825 in grant funds to conduct hazardous fuels removal on 169 acres next to the town of Quincy.
  5. Kótasim Kódo Chenúk\m Bomó: Greenville Rancheria Stewardship Project (Plumas County)—The Greenville Indian Rancheria would use the $399,750 grant to help it acquire a 54-acre parcel that it plans to use for tribal educational purposes.
  6. Bullskin Ridge Fuel Break (Shasta County)—The grant for $608,720 to the Shasta County Fire Safe Council would utilize biomass thinning to create a shaded fuelbreak along Bullskin Ridge in Oak Run.
  7. Lost Sierra Route: EZ Verdi Ridge Segment (Sierra and Nevada counties)—The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship would utilize $747,445 in grant funds to build a multi-use trail and restore watershed impacts (also in Central region).
  8. Upper Yuba Headwaters Forest Restoration Project (Sierra and Nevada counties)—The $1,274,000 to the Nevada Irrigation District would reduce fire fuels in the Middle Fork Yuba River watershed. (Project also in Central region).
  9. Antelope Creek WUI Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project (Sierra County)—The Sierra Valley Fire Safe and Watershed Council would use the $452,650 grant to develop a 175-acre fuelbreak to protect communities, including Loyalton, Sierra Brooks, and Sierraville in northeast Sierra County.
  10. Sierra Buttes O’Gara-Currens Parcels 33, 34 Acquisition (Sierra County)—The Sierra County Land Trust would use the $158,100 grant to acquire 40 acres on the Sierra Buttes directly above Sierra City.
  11. Upper Sacramento River Headwaters Forest Conservation Easement Planning Project (Siskiyou County)—The $75,000 by the Siskiyou Land trust would help plan for the development of two conservation easements near the city of Mt. Shasta.
  12. Conserving the Trinity Headwaters Forest for Watershed and Community Benefit (Trinity County)—The grant for $1,487,740 would help The Pacific Forest Trust acquire and conserve 10,600 acres of forestland in Trinity County.

Central and south-central Sierra Nevada projects

  1. Caldor Fire Restoration Project, Phase One (El Dorado County)—With the $5,250,951 grant for Phase One, the Great Basin Institute would remove and dispose of roadside hazard trees on 450 acres within the Caldor Fire footprint.
  2. Morrissey Conservation Easement Development Project (Mariposa County)—The $57,500 grant would be used by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy to help put together a plan to protect 2,086 acres near the town of Hornitos.
  3. Sarah Priest Fuels Reduction Project (Mariposa County)—The American Indian Council of Mariposa County would use the $862,176 grant to treat overloaded fuels on a 160-acre parcel.
  4. The Stockton Creek Preserve Recreation and Resilience Enhancements Master Plan Project (Mariposa County)—The Sierra Foothill Conservancy would utilize the $438,150 grant to produce a recreation and resilience master plan for the Stockton Creek preserve.
  5. Hoyt-Purdon Fuel Reduction and Prescribed Fire Implementation Project (Nevada County)—American Rivers would use the $2,363,035 grant to reduce fuels on 570 acres within the South Yuba River Canyon, just outside Nevada City and Grass Valley.
  6. Wildflower Ridge Preserve Acquisition Project (Nevada County)—The Bear Yuba Land Trust would use the $735,500 grant to help it acquire a 128-acre property.
  7. Moy Acquisition and Protection Project (Placer County)—Placer Land Trust would use $592,099 in grant funds to purchase fee title to 60 acres north of the town of Auburn.
  8. Tahoe Forest Gateway—The Leidesdorff Project (Placer County)—The 40 Acre Conservation League would use the $750,000 grant to conserve 650 acres above the upper North Fork of the American River.
  9. Camptonville Bio-energy Facility Project (Yuba County)—The $2,000,000 grant to the Camptonville Community Partnership would partially fund the construction of a small-scale biomass power generation facility.

Southern and eastern Sierra Nevada projects

  1. Eastern Sierra Campground Improvements (Inyo and Mono counties)—The grant for $209,588 would help the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation to plan for major upgrades to nine campgrounds.
  2. Tribal Land Back Purchase to Conserve Cultural and Natural Resources (Mono County)—The Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Indian Community Cultural Preservation Association would utilize the $2,032,048 grant to help purchase a 160-acre private parcel near Lee Vining.
  3. Kennedy Meadows Area Planning Grant (Tulare County)—Friends of the Inyo would utilize the $59,248 grant to help complete NEPA analysis on decommissioning and rehabilitation of the Kennedy Meadows Campground and a trailhead to the Pacific Crest Trail.