January 7, 2017
|From:||E. Jerry Davies|
|California Fire Safe Council|
RE: California Tree Mortality Crisis and Role of the California Fire Safe Council
California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), a statewide non-profit organization provides grant monies it receives from federal agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to local California Fire Safe Councils (more than 140), and other organizations and communities. The grants fund wildfire prevention programs in their communities to mitigate loss of life and property.
Since 2004, CFSC has funded over 950 grants totaling over $93 million using CFSC’s unique and innovative online Grants Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a statewide recognized system for distributing grant monies efficiently with excellent monitoring by CFSC’s highly qualified grant specialists and support staff.
California is entering its sixth year of severe drought. Communities are threatened by disastrous wildfire due to more than 66 million trees in the state’s forests dying or dead due to drought induced Beatle infestation. In addition, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire), reports that wildfires are growing in frequency, severity and causing major economic damage in the state annually.
CFSC is an active hub organization in the national Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network; achieved 128% increase in the number of Firewise Communities, from 50 to 114 since 2012; and conducted more than 150 fire prevention education events in California since 2006, reaching hundreds of thousands of homeowners and business owners throughout California annually.
In 2017, CFSC board members will travel to Washington D.C. to visit with key Congress and staff members to provide in depth information on the vital fire prevention work conducted by CFSC.
Attached are the CFSC grant award reports for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Several of the targeted counties with extreme hazardous tree have received grants. CFSC delivers the expertise needed to meet the growing fire prevention education demands of the State of California.
For further information about CFSC, a list of Fire Safe Councils and CFSC grants, visit the CFSC Website at www.cafiresafecouncil.org.