Fire Safe Community
The small, rural communities dotted across the Sierra Nevada mountains have long been dependent upon the natural resources and ecosystems that they call home. Since the days of the Gold Rush, the communities of the Yuba River watershed have been sustained by the surrounding forests through a booming wood products industry. Numerous environmental and social factors over the past decades have led to the degradation of the forest ecosystem, an increased risk of catastrophic wildfire and disease outbreak, and high rates of unemployment.
To spark the redevelopment of a local wood products industry and incentivize ecologically-based forest management across the region, Camptonville Community Partnership is planning and constructing a community scale 5-megawatt forest biomass-to-energy facility and co-located business campus. This project will provide an economically viable outlet for excess forest biomass residuals from forest restoration work and improve watershed health while creating new jobs and stimulating the local economy.