The Los Padres Strategic Community Fuelbreak Collaborative Project (LPSCFC) is a collaborative grant project that will implement fuels reduction work across the Big Sur and Carmel Valley regions. RCDMC is the grant administrator and will also provide project management for some of the project areas. The grant was awarded by the State of California in March 2020 for the full amount requested of $4,824,850.
Specific project activities include: establishing new shaded fuelbreaks, maintenance and expansion of existing fuelbreaks, roadside treatments for enhanced emergency egress, defensible space creation for a community, prescribed burning of coastal prairie habitat and invasive plant control. Project activities begin in fall 2020 and end in March 2024.
Partners and Grant Beneficiaries
- California State Parks
- El Sur Ranch
- Graniterock Inc.
- Pico Blanco Boy Scouts Camp
- Rancho Rico
- San Clemente Rancho
- Santa Lucia Conservancy
- USFS Los Padres National Forest
- CAL FIRE
- Coastal Conservancy
- California Department of Conservation
- Fire Safe Council for Monterey County
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Big Sur Fire Brigade
- December 2019 - Grant proposal submitted to CAL FIRE by RCDMC
- March 2020 - Grant proposal awarded in full: $4,824,850
- May 2020 - Grant agreement signed
- July 2020 - Advance payment requested; LPNF fuelbreak maintenance begins (via Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration grant)
- August 2020 - Advance received, CEQA initiated for private lands
- 2021 - to be continued…
Draft Implementation Plan - Prepared by the USFS Lost Padres National Forest (LPNF) Monterey District, this plan provides an objective procedure for the design, monitoring and mitigative measures for LPNF strategic community fuelbreak projects.