About The Project


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Ponderosa West Project is a shaded fuel break. Unlike a fire break, a shaded fuel break does not remove all vegetation to bare mineral soil. Rather, living vegetation will be modified or reduced to limit a fire’s ability to spread rapidly. The California Native Plant Society, CAL FIRE and Fire Safe Council are collaborating with property owners to create a custom fuel reduction plan for each property.

Biologists, Registered Professional Foresters and Archaeologists from CAL FIRE and the California Native Plant Society will create an ecologically sound strategy, considering both long-term forest health and community safety.

Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, a non- profit organization with 20 years of experience advocating and assisting on defensible space clearing projects, is managing this project. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County at info@ponderosawestproject.org
or call (530) 272-1122.


Work on Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone Project
Contractors wishing to learn more about working on this project should contact Fire Safe Council and be prepared to submit a detailed rate sheet, schedule of services and available equipment list as well as comply with the specific process defined by Fire Safe Council. Those unable to meet the requirements may be considered for future projects. Please contact Matt Frink with questions or concerns (530) 272-1122


Visit the links below for materials from
Open House September 4


Treatment Overview

The difference between a firebreak and a fuelbreak.

Download the flyer to print and share  here:  About Ponderosa West Project Flyer