Past Projects

A few of our projects from recent  years:

 

Ag/Nature Tourism

This project was launched in the Winter of 2003 in Mariposa County. The intention was to create a network of farmers, ranchers, artisans, and bed & breakfast owners throughout the county. In the Spring of 2003, the Council received a grant from the US Forest Service, in conjunction with the Central Sacramento RC&D Council to further its efforts.

We are currently working to extend this project throughout the four counties we serve to create a network of opportunities for tourists by and will be developing a mini-workshop series for interested buisness as well as assist with small business planning

 

Biomass Utilization

The Yosemite/Sequoia RC&D  actively promotes utilization of both agricultural and forest biomass materials to produce value added products and energy to support our communities. Examples include:

  • Hosting the Biomass for Energy and a Better Environment Conference.
  • Seeking economically feasible uses for biomass materials through our MC2 Feasibility Study . In this study we are identifying what materials may be available through fire hazard reduction projects, identifying potential markets for the materials, and determining the feasibility of collecting and utilizing the materials.
  • Working with agencies, and other partners to assess the economic and social values of biomass utilization including: improved air quality and reduced health care costs associated with poor air quality, reduced saturation of landfills,improved watershed health and increased water quality and quantity, reduced risks to our communities and lower fire suppression costs, improved fish and wildlife habitat, improved forest health, and others.
  • Educating local citizens and representatives about biomass utilization issues.

 

We are striving to increase awareness of biomass related issues amongst resource management agencies, legislators, special interest groups and local citizens. We hope to increase business opportunities that provide economic stability for our struggling communities, as well as support environmental health.

 Community Housing Improvement Program - CHIP

CHIP is a free service for disabled, those on assistance, seniors and Tribal members, this program chips hazardous fuels on properties that have already brushed and piled their debris. In 2010 CHIP conquered more than 200 acres with the assistance of local non-profit Mono Nation. The program is once again underway with a will be expanding to all the foothill communities within Fresno, Madera, Mariposa and Tulare counties. In order to effectively reach all four counties, the Council has partnered with four Fire Safe Councils that will help take on the load. Furthermore, local non-profit The Foundation for Resource Conservation has taken the lead on all day-to-day chipping activities. This round CHIP has created six jobs and chipped over 100 acres.

 

  • Assisted several partners (RCD's, Counties, Tribal Governments, Fire Safe Councils, Watershed Councils, Non-profits, Visitors Bureaus, and others) with project development, grant applications, letters of support; and with formation of councils. Helped our partners gain funding for various projects

  • Hosted the Biomass for Energy and a Better Environment Conference, with assistance from the Department of Energy, Ore-Cal and Central Sacramento Valley RC&D's and the California Association of RC&D's.

  • Worked with the Highway 168 Fire Safe Council to revise the Central Sierra Watershed Committee brochure with information about water conservation, fire safety, erosion control; and distributed it to residents in Fresno and Tulare counties

  • Received contributions of 150 computers and distributed them to various partners. Computers helped to assist with Natural Resource and Economic Development projects.

  • Hosted Local Livestock Marketing Opportunities sessions in Mariposa, Madera and Fresno Counties with the assistance of the High Sierra RC&D. We are bringing producers together to identify their interests and determine the potential for our area.

  • Provided comments on several proposed natural resource management projects, as well as letters of support for projects that would provide for sound resource management and support for our rural area.

  • Provided input to legislators regarding support for biomass utilization legislation efforts.

  • Helped to put the play “ON FIRE!” on for local residents and visitors. This play dramatically portrays the evolution of fire suppression and land management issues over the last 100 years, the reasons we are now at serious risk of catastrophic wildfires, and encourages the audience to get involved in fuels reduction efforts.