2017 Grants Report
Our current grant work is funded by a two year $200,000 grant from CAL FIRE, removing dead and dying trees in the high fire severity zones in north Tulare County. After working to obtain landowner agreements and timber harvest exemptions to satisfy environmental requirements, actual contractual work began in the fall. To date, about one third of the contractual budget has been expended for work in the Eshom and Hartland areas. At this point, LTO, Brack Welton, of Topnotch, Inc has briefly interrupted their work due to the delay in payment from the state, but we expect to start up again shortly. We are currently working on a PG&E-funded fuels reduction grant proposal. Additionally, Marianne Emmendorfer, USFS Hume Lake District Planner, has spear-headed a $22.6M CAL FIRE Forest Health concept proposal. She asked us to partner with them in this, and we have contributed to the proposal. OTFSC projects included are all fuels reduction projects on SRA lands(felling dead/dying trees, masticating/chipping; brushing; understory brushing/thinning, etc). If this concept proposal is approved a full detailed proposal will be written this spring. Last summer the California state fire fee was discontinued. It funded the SRAFPF (State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund) grant program which has been the source of most of our grants funds in the last 3 years. We are hopeful that alternate sources can be found to re-institute the CAL FIRE fire prevention grants program, hopefully as early as this spring.