NRCS Fuels Reduction Assistance

The December meeting will feature a presentation on Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) funding for private landowners to improve their properties, including fuels reduction.  The presentation will be given by Trina Johnson, Acting District Conservationist for the NRCS.  There will also be a short updates on the scoping study and the Hot Springs Road Corridor project.

This should be of interest to any private landowner who is interested in completing fuels reduction on their acreage, but needs assistance in paying for it.

Trina Johnson has a degree in Range and Forestry management from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been with the NRCS for over 13 years working on soil surveys, ecological site descriptions and planning.  Since 2009, she has been a conservation planner out of the Minden field office.  The Minden office covers Southern Washoe, Storey, Carson City and Douglas counties in Nevada and Northern Mono and Alpine counties in California.  Her experience stretches over all disciplines including range, forest, pasture, crop, wildlife projects, easements, as well as, Farm Service Agency (FSA) wetland determinations.  Through her position she collaborates with various entities and disciplines, including agency and private operators to accomplish common goals and achieve broader objectives. She is passionate about the outdoors through her job and personal adventures.

The second phase of the scoping study is now complete.  The second phase was to determine the most economically viable uses of the excess biomass and has been completed by The Beck Group.  It is available here.  The final phase of the scoping study is expected to be completed in February.  The Hot Springs Road Corridor work group has essentially completed the application to CAL FIRE for a Fire Prevention Grant and it should be filed this week.  The project received excellent support from various agencies and residents, and all major landowners within the project boundaries have committed to participating.

Our December meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 3rd at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.  There will be no meeting in January, but regular meetings will resume in February.

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