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San Andreas, CA — The Mother Lode will receive a share of $40 million going towards forest restoration projects nationwide.

$730,000 is coming to the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group Cornerstone Project. Among other things, the project is designed to help restore watersheds, reduce the risk of wildland fire and build on existing infrastructure to utilize wood biomass. The grant was announced today by USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Mother Lode project is one of 20 that will receive funding.

“Through our partnerships with states, communities, tribes and others, we are committed to restoring our forests and bringing jobs to rural America,” says Vilsack. “Whether the threat comes from wildfire, bark beetles or a changing climate, it is vital that we step up our efforts to safeguard our country’s natural resources.”

The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group Cornerstone Project encompasses the Amador Ranger District of the Eldorado National Forest and the Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest.