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Mariposa County Hosting Community Workshops to Seek Public Input on Wildfire Planning Priorities

MARIPOSA — Through a CAL FIRE grant received by the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council and Mariposa County funding, the Mariposa County Fire Advisory Committee is updating the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP.)

This plan assesses local wildfire risk and creates prioritized actions to improve public and first responder safety, manage forests and watersheds, protect critical infrastructure, and reduce property losses. Mariposa County’s updated CWPP will cover the entire County and align with existing County plans that support wildfire risk reduction.

Upcoming public workshops provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about the plan and shape the County’s future wildfire planning activities. Workshops will also highlight results from the Countywide wildfire risk assessment. “We encourage anyone who is interested in the County’s activities related to wildfire to attend,” says John Morgan, Battalion Chief for the Mariposa County Fire Department.

Workshops will be held on Saturday morning, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday evening, Oct. 28, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Residents have two options to attend either workshop, either in person or online. Note that online attendance requires an Internet connection and advanced registration.

To attend either workshop in person: Workshops will be hosted by the Mariposa County Fire Department (4802 Highway 140, Mariposa, CA 95338.) Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. You will be requested to follow all county public health requirements for COVID-19. You do not need to register in advance.

To attend the Oct. 24 workshop online, register here: http://bit.ly/CWPPOct24.

To attend the Oct. 28 workshop online, register here: http://bit.ly/CWPPOct28.

If you cannot attend a workshop but are still interested in providing input, the CWPP review draft is available for public comment through Nov. 6, 2020. The CWPP can be reviewed online at www.mariposacounty.org/2448/Community-Wildfire-Protection-Plan.

Public comments are welcome through Nov. 13, 2020. For additional information or questions, please contact Steve Engfer at mcfac@mariposacounty.org.

The Mariposa County CWPP update project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment–particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.

The workshop flyer is available at MARIPOSA CWPP Public Workshop Announcement_Oct 2020.

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