Humboldt County organizations to receive millions in grant funding for wildfire prevention

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KIEM) – From the office of State Senator Mike McGuire:

California faced an unprecedented wildfire season in 2017 and the 2018 wildfire season is off to an extremely challenging start with the state experiencing the largest wildfire in California history – the Mendocino Complex Fire. Almost 1 million acres have burned across California since January of 2018.

For months, the Legislature and the Governor have committed to making significant investments to enhance both firefighting resources and fire prevention programs to protect our communities from the rising threats of wildfires. 

The Northern California Legislative Delegation of Senator McGuire, Senator Dodd and Assemblymembers Wood, Levine and Aguiar-Curry have been fierce advocates to secure funds and invest them where the need is greatest, here in the North Bay and North Coast where wildfires have ravaged local communities.

“California is facing a new normal – the size and scope of wildland fires are getting worse. These grants will better prepare and protect the North Coast by reducing hazardous fuels, removing dead and dying trees and helping communities with fire planning,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “With nearly 1 million acres burned so far this year, these mega-fires have proven deadly and extremely destructive and have also released countless tons of carbon into our atmosphere. The safety of our communities depends on programs like these being implemented across the state.”

Grants in Senate District 2 include:

Fire Prevention Grants:

County Grant Type Sponsoring Organization Total
Humboldt Fire Prevention Education University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension $286,689
Lake Fuel Reduction Seigler Springs Community Redevelopment Association $216,869
Sonoma Fire Prevention Education Mayacamas Fire Safe Council $5,000
Sonoma Fuel Reduction Muniz Ranches Property Oweners Association $61,650
Sonoma Fuel Reduction Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works $1,082,969
Sonoma Fuel Reduction Sea Ranch Fire Safe Council $44,250
Sonoma Fuel Reduction Geyserville Fire Protection District $497,750
Mendocino Fuel Reduction County of Mendocino $951,450
Mendocino Fuel Reduction Brooktrails Fire Department $162,550
Marin Fire Prevention Planning Southern Marin Fire Protection District $53,680
Marin Fire Prevention Education FIRESafe MARIN $71,288
Marin Fuel Reduction Marin County Parks and Open Space District $75,000
Trinity Fuel Reduction The Watershed Research and Training Center $197,635
Trinity Fuel Reduction Trinity County Resource Conservation District $421,463
$4,128,243

Forest Health Grants:

County Applicant Project Name Total
Humboldt Sean & Kathryn O’Day Grizzly Creek Forest Conservation Easement $1,195,500
Lake Heart Consciousness Church DBA Harbin Hot Springs Valley Fire Remediation and Upper Putah Creek Watershed Restoration Program $469,000
Sonoma Western Rivers Conservancy/Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District Silva Ranch Coservation Easement $4,050,000
Humboldt Save the Redwoods League Redwoods to the Sea Corridor Forest Resilience Project $1,279,270
Humboldt City of Arcata Arcata Community Forest Expansion- Forsyth Tract $227,000
Humboldt The Trust for Public Land McKay Community Forest Phase 2 and Adjacent Ryan Creek Legacy Easement $3,600,000
Humboldt Northcoast Regional Land Trust Diamond D Forest Conservation Easement $4,500,000
Mendocino Mendocino County Resource Conservation District Applied Innovative Forest Health Strategies on Post-Fire Landscapes $1,909,820
Humboldt/Siskiyou Mid Klamath Watershed Council Western Klamath Landscape Fuels Reduction and Forest Health Project $5,000,000
$22,230,590