Monday, March 21, 2016

$5.1 Million for Cohesive Strategy Implementation in the South Fork American River Watershed

South Fork American River. Photo:

The Eldorado National Forest has received $5.1 million in special supplemental funding this year to support Cohesive Strategy efforts to reduce the threat of wildfire and the risk of insect and disease in the South Fork American River Watershed (SOFAR).  "The values to be protected in this watershed are critical to the local and regional economy and to ecosystem health," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.  "Most importantly, this is where we have the largest number of people living near the forest, the most recreational use, and a recurring pattern of difficult to control wildfires."

The 2016 supplemental funding will be used to accomplish work on five major multi-year, multi-phase projects:

  • Fire Adapted 50 Project, 
  • the Cleveland-Ice House Forest Health Project, 
  • the King Fire Restoration Project, 
  • Wright's Lake Recreation Area Fuels Reduction Project, and
  • the Caples Ecological Restoration Project.
All of these projects are within the South Fork American River watershed, a high priority landscape where the Eldorado National Forest is seeking to initiate the development of a Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.  More here.


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