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Los Gatos Creek Watershed Forest Health Grant Progress Update

Status Update

The SCCFSC has been busy during the past year coordinating the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative Forest Health Grant. Work includes completing necessary environmental documentation, hiring a contractor for the vegetation treatment work, and implementing the project. We are happy to report that vegetation treatment began on November 28 in the Midpeninsula Regional Openspace District's (MROSD) Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve. 



Next Steps

Over the course of next year on MROSD lands, 336 acres of underbrush will be thinned and dead and dying trees removed to improve the overall health of the forests and wildfire resilience. We also anticipate the start of work on SJW lands early in 2023 and SCCP to start in 2023 as well.

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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