Sacramento, CA — Part of Governor Schwarzenegger´s proposed budget is appropriating $17.5 million to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Executive Officer Jim Branham says the money would be used to help balance the economic and environmental needs of areas such as the Mother Lode.
This includes efforts to reduce catastrophic fire risk, promote the preservation of working landscapes, improve habitat and better the water restoration efforts. While the Sierra Nevada Conservancy would be the initial beneficiary, it would be funneled to other groups.
Branham says,We are really looking for local organizations to take the lead and actually be the ones that put together the projects and do the work on the ground.”
Branham says the $17.5 million would come from the recently passed proposition 84 bonds. He says both Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties are within the boundaries that would be eligible for grants.
Branham says he is optimistic the appropriation will be passed through the legislature.
Written by BJ Hansen