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Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative Forest Health Grant


Status Update

Rains have again slowed work down on the Forest Health Grant Project. Many trees in the project area have snow damage that has broken limbs of large and small trees. It is an unusual occurrence for this area to have enough snow to do damage to trees. Despite the difficult winter, we have managed to treat over 55 acres, mostly in February. Some of these areas will need to be cleaned up as a result of the damage from storms.

The photos illustrate the openness in the forest after treatments resulting in fewer trees and much less understory brush and ladder fuels.

Before & After Pics

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The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCCFSC), CAL FIRE, San Jose Water Company (SJW), Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and Santa Clara County Parks (SCCP) have formed a collaborative partnership known as the Los Gatos Watershed Collaborative to implement forest health treatments on approximately 938 acres strategically located throughout the Los Gatos Creek Watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains. These treatments will thin underbrush and remove dead and dying trees to improve forest health and fire resilience.

The Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative Forest Health Grant is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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