$450K goes to reducing Basin wildfire threat | SierraSun.com

$450K goes to reducing Basin wildfire threat

Sun staff reports

Six grants totaling nearly a half million dollars have been approved to lessen wildfire risk in the Tahoe Basin compared to just one in 2007.

A combination of federal, state and Nevada Fire Safe Council grants will benefit Tahoe fire protection efforts. A total of $450,000 will be devoted to direct fuels reduction projects to reduce wildfire risks to Basin communities, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Projects in the 2008 Community Protection Grant Funds be used for community fuels reduction, defensible space programs, a biomass-to-mulch program and education efforts.

“We are happy to see the funding to our local communities that directly supports the Community Wildfire Protection Plans we all worked so hard on to create,” Dave Marlow, the Forest Service official overseeing Basin fuels reduction, said in a statement. “The plans are in place, and the funding helps get the job done on the ground. More communities will have better protection as a result.”

From 2006 to 2007, nearly $3.7 million has gone to local governments in the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Community Protection Grant program, using federal funds, leveraged with state and local funding, according to the Forest Service. The Basin unit helped to review the 2008 applications and provided input. Several of the approved projects will conduct fuels reduction on non-federal lands to correspond to federal lands treatments, improving their overall effectiveness in reducing wildfire behavior.

Grant funding will go to the Tahoe City Public Utility District; the Carnelian Woods Townhouse Association; the Chimney Rock Fire Safe Council; the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District; the Kingsbury South Fire Safe Council Chapter; the Roundhill Fire Safe Council Chapter; the Skyland Fire Safe Council Chapter, and the Nevada Fire Safe Council for two projects in the Meeks Bay area.