Submitted by Justine Reynolds —
NORTH FORK — Attendees at the Loggers Jamboree this weekend will be safe from hazard trees at the North Fork Rec Center thanks to North Fork Boosters volunteers and funding for tree removal from Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Yosemite/Sequoia RC&DC) through Pacific Gas & Electric’s Fire Safe grant program.
This project’s goal was to fell and remove dead and dying hazard trees on both sides of Willow Creek, in order to protect the Rec Center field and swimming hole.
The project area includes the North Fork Recreation Center property owned by the Boosters, and the North Fork Mill Site and mill trail, owned by the North Fork Community Development Council.
Half of the dead trees were removed as soon as funds were made available, in order to ensure the Rec Center could open for the kids’ summer lunch program, as well as weekend events in June.
The other half of the project – felling the remaining trees and brushing on both sides – will occur later this summer.
Yosemite/Sequoia RC&DC has been awarded $99,000 in funding from PG&E for fuel reduction work this year. Approximately $88,000 is going toward the North Fork Rec Center project, while the remaining funds are anticipated to provide needed matching funds for tree removal at the North Fork School.
Through Yosemite/Sequoia RC&DC, PG&E has funded over $300,000 in fuel reduction projects in Eastern Madera County in the last three years.
Yosemite/Sequoia RC&DC is a four-county 501©3 non-profit serving the foothill and mountain communities of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa and Tulare Counties.
For more information on Yosemite/Sequoia Programs and projects, visit http://www.ysrcandd.org or contact Project Manager Justine Reynolds at 559-877-8663.