Sierra Nevada Conservancy Approves $2.2 Million in Grants for Watershed Projects

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has approved $2.2 million in “Healthy Forest” grants for 24 projects designed to reduce the risk of forest fires and protect California’s watersheds in 14 Sierra counties.

The grants, funded by Proposition 84 of 2006, bring the total amount awarded by the conservancy for similar Sierra projects to $45 million over the past four years.

“Returning our forests to ecological health reduces the threat of fire, protecting our wildlife, our water and our lives,” SNC Executive Officer Jim Branham said. “These projects will help us achieve these goals, while providing jobs and helping to sustain local Sierra economies.”

The types of projects typically funded under the SNC’s grant program include fuels reduction (removal of underbrush and thinning of some smaller diameter trees), forest and meadow restoration, and invasive plant species removal. Many of the projects will be operational in the fall.

A complete list of projects approved for funding can be found here.