MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Fire Safe Council (MCFSC) is excited to offer a new tree mortality assistance program to qualified Mariposa County residents.
This program will improve the fire safety of senior citizen, disabled, or financially-disadvantaged households who are unable to afford the costs associated with removing hazardous trees that directly threaten their primary home.
The program will allow the MCFSC to fell and remove a limited-amount of hazardous trees that directly threaten a primary residence within the 100-foot defensible space.
Requirements for the program include:
- Applicants must be 60 years of age or older, a disabled adult, or be enrolled in a qualified income assistance program.
- Participant’s primary residence must be located in one of the identified program communities of Ponderosa Basin, Lush Meadows Mountain Estates, Jerseydale, Midpines or Greeley Hill.
- Submitting a complete program application packet to the MCFSC office.
Tree Mortality Assistance Program applications can be picked up at the MCFSC office at 5006B 8th Street in Mariposa. Application materials can also be accessed on their website at www.MariposaCountyFSC.org.
If you are unsure if you qualify for the tree mortality assistance program please feel free to call the office at 209-966-7700 and they would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the program.
Funding for this program came from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire) SRA Fire Prevention Fee and Tree Mortality Grant Program.
“The SRA grants that the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council received from Cal Fire this past January serves as an additional example on how Cal Fire continues to reinvest monies generated from the fire prevention fee back into fire-prone communities,” says Michael Beaudoin, Executive Director of the MCFSC.
“This program will allow the MCFSC to assist a lot of senior citizens that have very tight budgets and often have to choose between buying groceries or removing the dead trees hovering above their homes.”