Grass Valley council to consider replanting trees lost to bark beetle invasion
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What: Grass valley City Council meetings
When: 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month
WHERE: Grass Valley City Hall, 125 East Main St., Grass Valley, CA, 95945
The Grass Valley City Council today will discuss a community reforestation program to protect forest health and reduce tree deaths from bark beetle attacks.
“Right now the mortality rate of trees is still fairly low. If the projection comes to light, and they are correct, we could be seeing about 80 to 90 percent of conifer trees in our area being infested and killed in the upcoming years,” said City Engineer Tim Kiser. “So this is kind of why we’re trying to start a program to start looking at what do you do when the trees die.”
Staff will partner with community organizations to replace trees killed off by an outbreak of bark beetle in the ongoing California drought.
The plan is to purchase about 1,200 seedlings of ponderosa pines and sugar pins and cultivate them in a nursery setting, Kiser said. The city will partner with community organizations to grow these trees. He has already reached out to schools to see if they are interested in the program.
The project is estimated to cost the city $8,000.
According to a staff report, pine trees within the Grass Valley city limit and its surrounding areas are dying at an unprecedented rate. As of this year, staff has already toppled 250 bark beetle stricken pine trees on city properties. Staff will remove even more trees to prevent the spread of infestation. Along with the reforestation program, the council will consider proclaiming a local emergency in Grass Valley due to conifer tree mortality. The proclamation, if passed, would support the tree mortality state of emergency proclamation scheduled to be discussed during Tuesday’s Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Kiser said the proclamation would open the city up to potential grant funding opportunities and other assistance to combat bark beetle related problems.
In other business, city officials will also consider the passage of a resolution to declare Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 as Constitution Week. City officials will hold a closed-session meeting before the regular meeting to discuss the terms of a payment and price of a real estate asset previously owned by the city’s redevelopment agency. The parcel is located on 161 1/2 South Auburn St.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cityofgrassvalley.com/.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 530-477-4236.
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