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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved more than $3.7 million in grants to fund 20 vegetation management projects that promise to help reduce fire risk.

The funds will come from the PG&E settlement awarded to the county as a result of the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires lawsuit. In 2020, the board voted to allocate $25 million of the $149 million settlement toward vegetation management activities.

Board chair Lynda Hopkins said the programs will help landowners and communities clear critical access roads, create defensible space around structures, form much-needed shaded fuel breaks and educate the community on wildfire safety and reducing fire risks.

County official said the 20 programs were selected from among 89 applicants totaling more than $16 million in requested funds.

The projects funded with their respective amounts are:

  • Alert Sonoma County, $122,000
  • Cavedale-Trinity, $250,000
  • Coast Ridge, $423,000
  • Fire Safe Sonoma WFAP, $37,100
  • Foothills POA, $20,904
  • Good Fire Revival, $145,000
  • Gualala Ranch HOA, $77,000
  • Jenner Headlands Preserve, $165,000
  • Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, $120,936
  • Landsmart Community Grazing, $184,600
  • Mill Creek Post Fire Shaded Fuel Breaks, $300,000
  • Moonraker Firetower Perimeter, $26,460
  • North Bay Forest Improvement Program, $163,381
  • Northern Sonoma County JPA, $504,700
  • Resilient Landscapes Coalition, $110,317
  • Sonoma Valley Fire District, $93,379
  • Sweetwater-Mt. Jackson, $227,050
  • Timber Cove Community Chipping Project, $129,012
  • Upper Mark West, $515,861
  • Wilshire Crystal Heights, $106,460

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