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    Agricultural Commissioner to apply for Cal FIRE grant to remove diseased trees and mitigate fire hazards

    VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner has submitted a request to Cal FIRE to receive a grant to offset the costs of removal of dead and diseased trees throughout the County. In recent years, the infestation of Invasive Shot Hole Borers in area trees have resulted in infected trees – either weakening them or causing them to die – presenting an increased fire hazard to already dry vegetation during the traditional fire season.  The grant, which assists with the removal and disposal of infected trees is available in the amount of $596,064.

    “Since dead and dying trees are a concern for fire, and since our county has already suffered through significant wildfires in the last three years, this grant is critical for our county”, said Ed Williams, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner. “The funding will provide support to help detect infected trees, prevent future infestation, and support suppression or cure efforts. This is a significant step to help support wildfire prevention and suppression.”

    The Invasive Shot Hole Borer is a wood-boring beetle that attacks many tree species in Southern California. Trees both within urban and wildland environments are susceptible to the infestation. The State of California has provided $5 million to Cal FIRE to support counties in the removal of dead or diseased trees in an effort to mitigate increasing fire hazards across the state. A majority of the funding available has been offered to eight counties, of which Ventura County is included.

     

    El Comisionado de Agricultura solicitará la subvención de Cal FIRE para eliminar árboles enfermos y mitigar los riesgos de incendio

    VENTURA, Calif. – El Comisionado de Agricultura del Condado de Ventura ha presentado una solicitud a Cal FIRE para recibir una subvención para compensar los costos de la remoción de árboles muertos y enfermos en todo el Condado. En los últimos años, la infestación de las brocas invasivas en los árboles del área ha resultado en árboles infectados, ya sea debilitándolos o haciéndolos morir, presentando un mayor riesgo de incendio a la vegetación ya seca durante la temporada de incendios tradicional. La subvención, que ayuda con la eliminación de árboles infectados, está disponible por un monto de $596,064.

    “Dado que los árboles muertos y moribundos son motivo de preocupación por incendios, y dado que nuestro condado ya ha sufrido grandes incendios forestales en los últimos tres años, esta subvención es fundamental para nuestro condado”, dijo Ed Williams, Comisionado de Agricultura del Condado de Ventura. “El financiamiento ayudará a proporcionar los recursos necesarios para ayudar a detectar árboles infectados, prevenir futuras infestaciones y respaldar los esfuerzos de supresión o cura. Este es un paso significativo para apoyar la prevención y supresión de incendios forestales”.

    La broca invasiva “Shot Hole” es un escarabajo que como madera y ataca a muchas especies de árboles en el sur de California. Los árboles tanto en entornos urbanos como forestales son susceptibles a la infestación. El Estado de California ha proporcionado $5 millones a Cal FIRE para apoyar a los condados en la eliminación de árboles muertos o enfermos en un esfuerzo por mitigar los riesgos de incendio en todo el estado. La mayoría de los fondos disponibles han sido ofrecidos a ocho condados, de los cuales incluye el condado de Ventura.


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    William Hicks
    William Hicks
    3 years ago

    Good Idea. Maybe returning to tried and true forest management procedures might help as well in area’s where lumber trees are present.

    Old stand trees, that are supposed to be the only place spotted owls live are also the most likely to be infested with wood boring insects and associated diseases. Weakened trees, due to age and drought, are the most likely the ones susceptible to insect and disease damage. Culling out older tree’s can reduce the said infestations.

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