California law dictates that landowners must create defensible space around structures and along ingress and egress routes. Along with creating fire safety with proper fuels reduction, landowners have the opportunity to manage their property for a variety of uses and values. For instance, many landowners use prescribed fire to restore meadows and oak woodlands. The Watershed Center partners with a number of funders and other agencies to provide landowners with assistance in stewarding their lands.
Currently, the Watershed Center has a small amount of grant funding to support fuels reduction in neighborhoods in Hayfork. If you would like to participate in the project contact our office at (530) 628-4206. Many of our funding sources allow us to treat properties at low or no monetary cost to the landowner. An in-kind match, such as flagging property boundaries or burning piles after the crew finishes their work, is all that is required.
We are always applying for new grants and seeking partnerships to assist private landowners. If you are interested in participating in a future program, give us a call.
In addition to providing low- and no-cost work, our crews are available for contract work at reasonable rates. If you are interested in hiring a reliable, professional crew, get in touch with us for a quote. We employ local people and pay living wages; by hiring us you are supporting the local economy and your neighbors.