Nevada Irrigation District wins $250k grant for fire risk reduction at Scotts Flat
The Nevada Irrigation District has been awarded a state grant of $250,700 for a fuels reduction program to improve fire safety on NID land at Scotts Flat Reservoir.
The award, announced June 2 by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, is part of an overall $3.2 million in Prop. 1 (The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) funding for projects in 10 Sierra counties. The NID award is the only Nevada County project to be funded.
NID Watershed Resource Planner Neysa King said the grant will fund the third phase of an ongoing project to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire and to further regional efforts to construct a shaded fuels break around the reservoir.
The district will partner with the California Conservation Corps to remove excess trees, brush and sprouting hardwoods on 82 acres of NID land on the southern side of Scotts Flat Reservoir, west of Cascade Shores.
The Pasquale Road area will be a focal point of the fuel reduction effort, as it provides a critical access into and out of Cascade Shores. The work is planned later this year into 2017.
As part of the project, NID will work with the Cascade Shores community to provide backyard green waste chipping during active project work days and to develop interpretive signs to inform the public about watershed health, wildfire, and district programs and practices.
NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger said the district welcomes the opportunity to work with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. “We are grateful for the Conservancy’s commitment to forest health, water supply protection and community safety,” he said.
“This project is a significant step toward improving forested lands within the district, and we will use this opportunity to further refine forest treatment practices for future projects.”
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