Awarded through Forest Futures since 2021
Nearly $700,000 Awarded to Local Forest Health Projects
Forest Futures awarded its third phase of grants for wildfire resilience and forest health projects. Eleven projects received nearly $700,000. Grants awarded are aligned with the Forest Futures Impact Strategy, and fall into the target areas of Protecting our Communities and Re-Building Forest Infrastructure. Projects include efforts to build forestry career pathways, financial support for homeowners to create defensible space, large scale fuel reduction projects, and a local wood energy facility.
Lessons in Fire Recovery
In December, TTCF staff members visited two grantees who received the first round of Forest Futures funding. During the Dixie Fires and Beckwourth Complex fires, TTCF responded quickly to provide our neighbors with support. Two grantees, the Feather River Land Trust and Sierra Institute received funding for fire recovery efforts that can serve as a learning model for our region. The Feather River Land Trust brought together multi-disciplinary experts including biologists, ecologists, and Maidu families who have long lived in the valley. Together, they are exploring and comparing different forest recovery methods. This experimental and iterative approach is something that has been at the center of TTCF’s forest work from day one. We are excited to support the regeneration of the land, creatures, and people who call the Feather River watershed home, and to learn from their work.
Attention Property Owners: Forest Funding Available to You
Are you a property owner of 3 – 5,000 acres of private, non-industrial forestland? Do you need to do forest maintenance work? The Truckee North Tahoe Forest Management Program provides financial support for technical assistance and project implementation of forest management on private property. This support is for various types of work including developing a Forest Management Plan, CEQA environmental compliance preparation, pruning, removing dead trees, etc. The application is open January 9 -February 18, 2024.
Accelerating forest resilience requires innovative, collaborative solutions. A great example comes from the Truckee North Tahoe Forest Management Program’s first round of grantees. The Olympic Valley Public Services District is coordinating the planning and CEQA process on behalf of 20 private landowners whose properties are adjacent to a large fuel reduction project led by Tahoe National Forest. Collaborating and prioritizing projects adjacent to one another is crucial to increase our community’s safety to wildfire.