Yosemite West Property &
Homeowners, Inc.

2014 State Fire Assistance Grant from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Grant Status: Completed

YWPHI has been awarded $14,040 provided by a State Fire Assistance grant from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service through the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC). The project is funded via the Cooperative Forestry Assistance, CFDA #10.664. The basis for this funding is for the support or stimulation of a public purpose under the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, PL 95-313. 92 Stat. 365, 15 U.S.C. 2101-2114 as amended.

Public Notices

Funding is provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council.


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Grant Number Total Project Cost Funding Awarded Matching Funds Provided % of Match to Total Project Cost Project Name Project Goals
14USFS-SFA0031 $14,040 $7,020 $7,020 50% Yosemite West Defensible Space Project Area YW-001 Create defensible space on 4 acres in two areas:
  • the 3.06 acre lot, APN 006-150-007 owned by Mariposa County (and commonly known as the Maintenance Lot), reduced by approximately 0.28 acres for the fenced maintenance area itself and 0.08 acres for the wetlands area; and
  • 0.94 acres along the north-east (downslope) side of Henness Ridge Road between the Maintenance Lot and the "Y" fork in Henness Ridge Road and Yosemite Park Way, treating a 10-foot easement only.

Project Background

The project area was identified by fire scientists in the Yosemite West Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP, approved in 2008) as Project Area 001 - the area with the highest priority for fuels treatment out of the six numbered Project Areas. Much of Project Area 001 was treated with funding from a 2006 National Fire Plan grant. However, the 2006 grant was only partially funded, so some acreage including the above-mentioned County-owned parcel was excluded from that grant. Although it is a small project, it is an important one. The outcome of the project will create defensible space for County-owned property on the parcel.

Proposed Action

The project will remove ladder fuels up to 8 inches dbh, reduce flammable shrubs and limb branches up to 12 feet, and fell dead trees (of any dbh). Cut material will be chipped and distributed over the ground to prevent erosion. Large logs will be left on site in ful contact with the ground.

Project Match

The grant requires a 50% match. The project is looking for an in-kind match in labor, not a hard match of cash. Much of the match will be met by YWPHI contributing one day of chipping and renewing its insurance. Additional match will be contributed by John Mock and Kimberley O'Neil for grant administration; the burden of CFSC's administrative requirements has significantly increased, doubling the time commitment for this project.

The balance of match will be met by volunteers doing various tasks on organized work days, and the County tracking any and all time spent on this project.

History of 2014 Grant

Date Timeline
September 2013 YWPHI prepares and submits application to the CFSC after approval by YWPHI membership at their annual meeting on Labor Day weekend, and after consultation with County Fire Dept. and Office of Emergency Service (OES).
December 2013 CFSC informs YWPHI of preliminary funding of grant award, and YWPHI informs County Fire Dept. and OES of successful application.
January 2014 YWPHI receives grant award, prepares and submits Grantee Pre-Award Report to the CFSC.
April 2014 CFSC holds mandatory pre-award workshop for grantees.
May 2014 YWPHI and fiscal sponsor sign CFSC Sub-Award Agreement.
May 2014 Community informed about grant at YWPHI annual Memorial Day Weekend picnic.
June 2014 CFSC informs YWPHI that the project meets all federal environmental compliance and authorizes CFSC to release funding to fiscal sponsor.
June 2014 CFSC authorizes release of funding to the project's fiscal sponsor, which enables implementation of on-the-ground work to start once funds are received. Fiscal sponsor releases Request for Bid.
June 2014 YWPHI presents project status at Yosemite West District Advisory Committee meeting.
June 2014 YWPHI plans and holds three community volunteer work days.
August 2014 Community informed about grant at YWPHI annual meeting.
November 2014 YWPHI plans and holds one community volunteer work day.
January 2015 YWPHI plans and holds three community volunteer work days. Contractor spends four days doing fuel reduction and chipping.
March 2015 YWPHI presents project update at Yosemite West District Advisory Committee meeting.
May 2015 YWPHI plans and holds three volunteer work days. YWPHI sponsors chipping day in cooperation with the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, and chips additional debris on parcel.
June 2015 Project succeeds with more than 130 hours of volunteer time contributed as in-kind match, administrative tasks cconclude, and grant closes.

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