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6 Million Dollar Grant Awarded To Counties Impacted By Tree Mortality

6 Million Dollar Grant Awarded To Counties Impacted By Tree Mortality

Six million dollars have recently been awarded in a one-time grant to aid high priority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. CAL FIRE’s Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program will provide the matching funds for counties to be able to tap into the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) administered by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).  The CAL FIRE Grant Program will work cooperatively with the Cal OES program to increase reimbursement to high-priority counties to remove or fell dead and dying trees threatening public infrastructures, such as roads and buildings.  To help with the evaluation, identification, removal and disposal of dead trees threatening the public rights-of-ways and infrastructure CAL FIRE, authorized under the Legislature (SB 108), will allocate $300,000 to each of the ten high-priority counties.  Included in that list of counties are Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne.   The remaining three million dollars of the CAL FIRE grant monies will be distributed proportionately to the estimated number of dead trees in each county based on April 2017 data.  Each county will report on their progress monthly and work through Cal OES and CAL FIRE for reimbursement.  Between 2010 and 2018, 129 million trees died in California due to a combination of drought-stress and bark beetle infestation. Since 2015, over 1 million of these trees have been removed or taken down, through the coordinated efforts of the Tree Mortality Task Force.  To learn more about tree mortality visit the Tree Mortality Task Force website or visit ReadyForWildfire.org.


Written by KVGC Staff

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