The USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service is now accepting applications for the 2016 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides up toe 75% of the cost of implementing conservation practices outlines in a NRCS Conservation Plan, Forest Management Plan or NTMP. Forestland owners can also apply for cost sharing to have a Forest Management Plan developed by a licensed forester of their choice.
The last Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force meeting of 2015 was held at Black Rock Golf Course in Cobb on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Meetings will resume for 2016, with the next meeting taking place at Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown on Jan. 5.
Additionally, Long-Term Valley Fire Task Force Coordinator, Carol Huchingson, will not be holding office hours during the weeks of Christmas and New Year.
Lake County has been approved to receive $883,110 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a culvert project that will reduce localized flooding and debris flow at selected sites burned by the Valley wildfire, which began Sept. 12, 2015.
FEMA covers 75 percent of the eligible costs with the county paying the remaining 25 percent, for a projected total cost of $1.1 million.
Survivors of the Butte and Valley fires who are receiving rental assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and whose home repairs are taking longer than expected should notify the agency of their continuing need.
Recertification is needed every 60 days for eligible renters and homeowners. FEMA can provide up to 18 months of rental assistance for both homeowners and renters if they need to relocate while repairs are being made to their disaster-damaged residences.
To date, FEMA has approved $7.3 million in rental assistance
To date, $27 million in total federal assistance has made a large impact on helping survivors of the Butte and Valley wildfires repair and rebuild. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) know it takes a whole community effort to recover.
When personal resources, insurance, and government loans and grants are not sufficient to meet the needs of disaster survivors, local long-term recovery groups (LTRG) are formed to provide safety nets.
Disaster survivors whose insurance provided Additional Living Expenses (ALE) that are expiring are encouraged to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency if they registered with the agency and still have a temporary housing need.
This temporary housing assistance is available to eligible FEMA applicants who lost or sustained damage to their homes due to the wildfires in Calaveras and Lake counties from Sept. 9 through Oct. 30, 2015.
With the combination of predicted heavy rains for this winter and areas left without trees and other plant cover by the fires, certain Lake County residents can be at a higher risk for flooding. Attached are a few documents and maps that may help residents understand their risk level and how to mitigate that.
Official information blog for the Lake County Office of Emergency Services