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Community Meeting On French Fire Reforestation Efforts

OAKHURST — The community and all interested stakeholders are invited to a public meeting on the reforestation efforts in the French Fire area on Wednesday Jan. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center.

The French Fire burned nearly 14,000 acres on the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest in late July and early August 2014, along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway east of North Fork.

Attendees at this meeting will learn more about the location and scope of the French Fire area work planned over the next two years. There will also be discussion of the outreach planned, including future field trips, and the importance and value of post-fire reforestation.

The Eastern Madera Wildfire Reforestation project is a partnership between Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Y/S RC&DC) and the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest to reforest 350 acres within the boundary of the 2014 French Fire. Much of this work is being accomplished through a grant from Sierra Nevada Conservancy, with some additional funds being provided by the Arbor Day Foundation for seedling costs.

The organization and outreach for this meeting is coordinated by Y/S RC&DC — a four-county non-profit dedicated to promoting the quality and aesthetic values of our cultural, environmental, and recreational resources by improving the quality of life through sustainable, diverse economic development.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California, under the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) grant cycle and in support of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program.

The Oakhurst Community Center is located at 39800 Road 425B.

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