Amador County is continuing its efforts to mitigate hazards associated with dead and dying trees located along County roads. There is currently a project underway in the Volcano-Fiddletown area and a project along Bear River Road and Pardoes Road involving the summer home tract will begin about July 10. Additional projects are in the planning phase.
The really big news is that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has created a pool of funds that can be used to address removal of dead trees within 100-foot defensible space zones around habitable structures. The program is called the “Regional Conservation Partnership Program” or RCPP. It is being implemented through Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) within the 10 High Hazard Tree Mortality Counties. It is a cost share program but activities that it funds acknowledge that removing trees in the vicinity of houses can be very costly. If you want to find out more about the NRCS/RCD program, contact the Amador County Resource Conservation District in Jackson. Amanda Watson is the District Manager and she can be reached at Amanda@amadorRCD.org.
The RCPP also provides funding and technical assistance to people with larger properties where tree mortality has had a significant impact or where a landowner simply wants to know more about their options for management. The principal form of assistance is the preparation of a forest management plan by a Registered Professional Forester that can be used to qualify a landowner for financial assistance through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The preparation of plans is absolutely free to the landowner. If this interests you, contact Amanda.
RCPP is funded through 2022 but funds are limited so be the first in line to ask for the service.
If you have questions about the County’s program please contact Dr. Richard Harris, Tree Mortality Program Manager at (707) 685-5508 or email@example.com.