Glenn County Resource Conservation District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex have formed a partnership to complete a wildfire prevention and fuels reduction project along the Sacramento River. The project will take place on the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge which is part of the larger refuge complex. Both the Glenn County RCD and the refuge are committed to supporting local communities and wildlife species by reducing the wildfire risk through efforts such as this.
Through the CAL FIRE Wildfire Prevention Grant Program, the partners were able to leverage each other’s expertise and secure funding to collaborate on this important Sacramento River Corridor Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project.
The project is located specifically along the Sacramento River Corridor in Glenn County and is within the CAL FIRE identified Tehama-Glenn Unit.
As this project is 100% on Federal Responsibility Area (FRA) lands and supports wildfire prevention in Local Responsibility Area (LRA) lands, it will reduce hazardous fuels as identified as a priority under the USFWS Comprehensive Conservation Plan, USFWS Fire Management Plan, and the Glenn County Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
The project will create fuel breaks on approximately 340 acres or a little over 56 miles in total by reducing dense woody vegetation surrounding public access areas, structures and property boundaries using mastication vegetative treatment prescription. The partners encourage public visitors to beware of their surroundings when entering the refuge areas as it’s always encouraged.
The Sacramento River Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is located in the Sacramento Valley of North-Central California. The refuge was established in 1989 and is currently composed of 26 units along a 77-mile stretch of the Sacramento River between the cities of Red Bluff and Colusa, 90 miles north of the metropolitan area of Sacramento.
Initial Mastication (Before & After)
Mosaic Mastication (Before & After)
Funding for this project provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Wildfire Prevention Program as part of the California Climate Investments Program.
Sacramento River Corridor Hazardous Fuels Reduction, 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.