In August 2021, CAL FIRE announced that it was awarding $4.7M to CLERC and a group of partners to complete the Lake County Wildfire Resilience Project - Phase 1. The project was originally slated for award in mid-2020, but was delayed by the covid-19 pandemic. With this funding, CLERC, along with partners, will restore health and fire resilience to Lake County devastated by years of wildfires, prolonged drought, pest damage and death of conifers, and absence of natural fires leading to unprecedented levels of fuel. With local, state, federal, tribal, and private partners this project will use fuels reduction, prescribed fire, pest management, reforestation, and biomass utilization, to maximize carbon sequestration and minimize the loss of carbon from mega fires.
"Boots on the Ground" Forest Restoration
Regional Prioritization Plan
The project also includes funding to continue development of the Lake County Regional Prioritization Plan that has been under development by CLERC since early 2020. The prioritization plan’s goal is to streamline the process for selecting projects to include in community-wide funding applications. CLERC will be participating in the AmeriCorps CivicSpark Program, which was instrumental in getting the project off the ground utilizing funding from CLERC’s Fire Prevention Grant.
Climate Adaptation Model
With this funding, CLERC is launching a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) monitoring program to better track, monitor, and measure the impacts from our fire and forestry projects. Recent advances in aerial image processing have greatly expanded the types and amount of information that can be gathered during a drone flight, including creation of 3D models and point cloud datasets. The additional data gathered on current projects will allow CLERC to plan better projects in the future.
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