USDA Invests Millions to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems, Improve Drinking Water

Release Date: Mar 21, 2019

VALLEJO, Calif., March 22, 2019--The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $12 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems through 13 targeted projects on both public and private lands, including 3 in California. Since 2014, USDA has invested $213 million in 69 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.

Projects in California:

Central Sierra Recovery and Restoration Project

This project covers over 134,000 acres of private lands, mostly within a wildland urban interface transition zone, where local communities face extreme wildfire danger. Partner objectives for this landscape include wildfire protection, restoration of ecological processes, and a landscape-level response to the ongoing tree mortality epidemic. Covering Mariposa, Madera and Fresno counties, this project has established Tree Mortality Task Groups that will address social, economic and environmental impacts related to dead trees in each county.

Total FY 2019 Funding - $1,589,500

NRCS - $1,471,500

Forest Service - $118,000


Rural Community Fire Protection and Forest Management

This project area sits in northwestern California and covers 625,750 acres of forested land that spans the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests.

Total FY 2019 Funding - $$710,833

NRCS - $54,500

Forest Service - $660,833


Yreka Craggy Project

The project area contains key infrastructure, such as power utilities, water supplies and medical facilities, but it is also a high-risk area for wildfires. Partners will implement a strategic fuels reduction plan for nearly 62,660-acres, to protect nearby communities of Yreka, Humbug, Greenhorn and Hawkinsville.

Total FY 2019 Funding - $140,000

NRCS - $109,000

Forest Service - $40,000

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