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Project: Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project

Description: This project will treat with prescribed fire forest lands that have become overly dense due to a century of fire suppression and lack of management. Elements of the work include: 1) laying and constructing 25 miles of perimeter fire control lines, utilizing existing trails and natural and human-made barriers as much as possible; 2) cutting, piling, and burning heavy accumulation of fuels to reduce the risk from the understory burning operations; 3) raking away the thick accumulations of duff from around selected old-growth trees so that roots will not be damaged from prolonged heat; 4) protection measures for cultural resource sites and ‘at risk’ historic sites and other infrastructure; and 5) approximately 4,400 acres of prescribed understory burning through handheld ignition over a period of several years. Work to prepare for burning will also include removing small encroaching conifers from 25 acres of interspersed aspen groves and meadows.

Reference Number: 3855P01853

Implemented By: El Dorado Irrigation District

Objective: This project will provide watershed-scale treatments to reduce wildfire risk and improve water quality and delivery

Type: Restoration

Total Cost: $360,467.67

Project Status: Complete and Fully Paid

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 1/1/2020    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: El Dorado

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration11/17/2016$360,467.67

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationForest Lands4400acres restored/assessed/managed

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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