Hazardous Fuels Reduction on Sierra National Forest Lands
OAKHURST — The North Goat Mountain Fuel Break Project is set to begin on Monday, September 27th, treating the public lands southwest of the Bass Lake Basin, on the Goat Mountain ridge within the US Forest Service Bass Lake Ranger District.
In partnership with the Sierra National Forest, Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (YSRCDC) is contracting with South Fork Forest Solutions to create the approximately 48-acre fuel break, which will be done with a combination of mechanical and hand treatments. These treatments are needed to reduce the risk of wildfire in the area and will protect nearby communities of the Bass Lake Basin, Oakhurst, and Coarsegold. This fuel break will strategically connect to an existing fuel break system in Eastern Madera County as part of the FY19 Joint Chiefs Fuel Break Project.
This project is part of YSRCDC’s larger Madera Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Project (MSWMP), which funds the strategic implementation of fuel breaks and defensible landscape projects in Eastern Madera County to protect up to 15,000 habitable structures, as well as businesses, infrastructure, and community resources. Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments (CCI) Program. CCI is a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. 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 caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.
YSRCDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to natural resource conservation and economic development. The Council service area includes the rural and foothill communities of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa and Tulare counties.