Drought conditions and resulting bark beetle infestations have caused pervasive tree mortality across the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is estimated that there are over 129 million dead trees since 2010, and this number continues to grow on a daily basis. El Dorado County is not immune to this epidemic as there are thousands of dead and dying trees threatening public safety and infrastructure.
The County has taken action to work towards mitigating the dead tree problem in the following ways:
County Offers Grants for Hazardous Tree Removal to Limited Income Seniors
August 29, 2018: The County of El Dorado and the California Department of Forestry (CALFIRE) have agreed to expand and simplify the County’s Hazardous Tree Removal Program to benefit low-income senior property owners by raising the income limits and reducing the paperwork. All applicants must be 60 years of age or older, own the property on which they reside, and have incomes at or below 80% of the County’s area median income. Maximum household income limits for the program are $44,900 for one person; $51,300 for two people; $57,700 for three people; and, $64,100 for four people.
To meet the criteria under the Program, dead and dying trees must be: 1) greater than 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet in height; 2) must be within 300 feet of, and pose a structural threat to, the residence; and 3) must also be reasonably accessible by equipment or machinery.
Does your tree qualify for PG&E’s Debris Management Program?
See if it meets one or more of the criteria below:
For more information on the program please
click on the following link or call 1-800-743-5000.
Funds are available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Tree Mortality Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). For more information on the program that focuses on removing dead trees on larger, severely damaged, private forestlands,
please click here.
If you are interested in obtaining details about the program, contact 530-295-0120.
If you have timber you would like to donate, Forest Innovations might be the organization that can take it for the use in different wood related educational opportunities. The following is the mission of Forest Innovations:
Our goal is to transform 25 million trees into educational opportunities in the region, and quality products for people and programs, worldwide. Our partners are schools (public and private, traditional and charters), world-class artists, and wood-working artisans, and residential and tiny home builders.
The following is the contact information for Forest Innovations:
firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone Number: 916-706-3366
California Forest Stewardship Helpline- 1-800-738-8733The California Forest Stewardship Helpline is staffed by Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) who can answer your questions regarding tree mortality. You can also contact them by email
email@example.com, or visit the website
El Dorado County Board of Supevisors Tree Mortality Actions
Agenda Item #16-0305 - 5/17/16 - Every Board of Supervisors meeting, since 3/28/16, the Board has adopted a state of emergency for tree mortality.
Agenda Item #16-0509 - There are four versions of this agenda item:
Version 1 - 5/17/16 - The Board approved the following actions:
1) Approved the County's Tree Mortality Hazard Tree Removal Plan
2) Authorized County staff to assess the tree mortality issue along the County's road infrastructure
Version 2 - 5/24/16 - The Board approved the following action:
1) Authorize staff to complete and submit a California Disaster Assistance application regarding tree mortality
Version 3 - 8/2/16 Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board authorize the Chair to sign the California Disaster Assistance Act application regarding Tree Mortality, and authorize the submittal of the application for funding related to the State's declared Tree Mortality emergency.
Version 4 - 10/11/16
1) Accept grant/project funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) funding, which will provide 75% cost share of total eligible costs for projects related to the tree mortality emergency, plus a 10% administrative fee; and
2) Approve the attached budget transfer increasing revenues and appropriations by $825,000 for the Fiscal Year 2016/17 CDAA Grant for the tree mortality emergency.
Agenda Item #16-1014 – 9/27/16
Supervisor Ranalli recommending the Board authorize the Chief Administrative Officer, or designee, to sign the application for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection State Responsibility Area Prevention Fund and Tree Mortality Grant, in the amount of approximately $200,000, and authorize the submittal of the application for funding related to the State and local declared Tree Mortality emergency.
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