Rep. Eshoo Secures $1.2 Million for Wildfire Mitigation in Major Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced that she was successful in securing the inclusion of $1,200,000 for wildfire mitigation in California’s 18th congressional district in the 2022 Appropriations legislation. This funding includes $500,000 for a demonstration forest that aims to reduce wildfires in Santa Cruz County, and $700,000 to mitigate wildfires through improved vegetation management on roads in Los Gatos.
“Last year, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burned 86,000 acres in my congressional district over 37 days, destroyed 1,490 homes and buildings, and evacuated 77,000 of my constituents from their homes. Congress needs to do everything possible to take proactive steps to avoid this destruction,” said Rep. Eshoo.
“This funding is welcome news as the Town and the State enter another wildfire season with drought conditions and large amounts of dry fuels in our hillsides. The Town can’t express its gratitude enough to Congresswoman Eshoo and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies,” said Los Gatos Mayor Marico Sayoc.
“We are grateful for Congresswoman Eshoo’s efforts to secure critical funding to create a regional fire break at Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch,” said Andrew J. Thulin, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “Swanton Pacific Ranch is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in fire prevention and mitigation efforts, allowing for immediate-area forest recovery and fire prevention as well as the development of leading-edge practices.”
Rep. Eshoo has submitted several Community Project Funding requests for communities in California’s 18th congressional district to the Appropriations Committee. Information on the status of additional requests will be announced in the coming weeks.
The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bill is the first step in the funding process. Rep. Eshoo will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.