Nevada County Supervisors and staff toured of the Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project on Tuesday, November 5th, in the afternoon session of their Special Board Meeting. Supervisors and staff received updates on work progress on both County and private properties. This project was one of thirty-five priority projects identified by CAL FIRE and Governor Newsom to protect California's most wildfire-vulnerable communities. Funding for this project was awarded to the County of Nevada through a combination of grant and contract dollars.
The Ponderosa West Project is a shaded fuel break. Unlike a fire break, a shaded fuel break does not remove all vegetation to bare mineral soil. Rather, living vegetation will be modified or reduced to limit a fire's ability to spread rapidly. Biologists, Registered Professional Foresters and Archaeologists from CAL FIRE and the California Native Plant Society will create an ecologically sound strategy, considering both long-term forest health and community safety. The California Native Plant Society, CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Council are collaborating with property owners to create a custom fuel reduction plan for each property.