March 24, 2016
Since the last update on February 5th we have made some progress.
The Alpine Biomass Committee (ABC) which has been spearheading this effort has received its first grant! The National Forest Foundation has awarded us an $11,000 capacity building grant. Congratulations and thanks to Annie Dean who did the lion’s share of the work on the grant application. We also wish to thank Jeanne Higgins, Forest Supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest, and Lawrence Crabtree, Forest Supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest for supporting our grant application. Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS) and Steve Wilensky were also very helpful and CHIPS is our fiscal sponsor. Although the National Forest Foundation awarded the grant, the funds come from Region 5 of the US Forest Service.
Within the next month or two we will be reaching out to the community and relevant agencies to broaden the ABC from the current “rump group” to be much more representative of the community. Those that are interested in having a fire safe community, healthy forests and watersheds and a strong sustainable local economy will be particularly welcome. Stay tuned.
Two of us attended the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Watershed Improvement Program Forest Carbon Story Summit in Sacramento in early March. We raised the issue that almost all of cooperation between the US Forest Service and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) to improve our forest and watershed health is restricted to Region 5 of the Forest Service, and that those of us on the east slope are in Region 4 which doesn’t have the same budget or interest in some of these programs. The point was well received.
Promoting fire safe communities, healthy forests and watersheds, and a strong sustainable local economy.