California: Nature-Based Mitigation and Wildfire Retrofitting for Climate Resiliency

Using nature-based solutions to provide critical protection from wildfires for some of the most vulnerable communities.

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County of Nevada, California: $31.03 Million

History

Nevada County is a rural county that borders the state of Nevada and moves westward into central California. The heavily forested and mountainous region has been the subject of extreme fire danger in recent years due to the ongoing western drought.

Project Description

91% of Nevada County has been determined by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Fire and Resource Assessment Program to be either a high or very high fire hazard severity zone. This project strategically focuses on placement in a geographically vulnerable location in high and very high fire severity zones, as well as prioritizes benefits to disadvantaged communities, densely populated areas, critical infrastructure and lifelines. 

This project will use nature-based solutions and a multi-faceted approach to directly address wildfire risk to lives, homes and community lifelines through 1) home-hardening and 2) near-home defensible space vegetation management, 3) landscape level fuel modification, and 4) community education. Coordinated deployment of proven strategies will mitigate severe and immediate risk while establishing a model that supports generational infrastructure change. 

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Last updated August 23, 2022