One Year After The Valley Fire.
(As of 9/16)
- Lake County, Ca has been affected by another major fire.
- Together the four wildfires burned 174,552 acres and 2378 homes and structures are destroyed.
- Businesses and residents continue struggling more than one year after the Valley Fire.
- Residents and businesses continue move away from Lake County.
- Only 2 homes have been started for people in need and no homes have been completed.
- Lake County, Ca was already economically and ecologically depressed before the Valley Fire.
- Lake County's unique rural culture accommodates countless people residing in un-permitted homes who do not qualify for existing programs.
TREES as a Resource aims to bridge the gap between resources and unmet needs in Lake County.
TREES as a Community Resource seeks to utilize trees, timber and forest waste products to create housing, economic opportunities, and develop community resilience, particularly in the aftermath of disasters.
TREES merges innovative ideas and collaborative partnerships for long-term wildfire recovery in Lake County, CA. Using trees as a primary resource, we're sustainably repurposing timber and forest waste products to create housing and economic opportunities.
Our programs intend to reduce waste and co2 emissions, while creating useful products, jobs and cottage industries, and providing building materials, funding and cabin kits for displaced residents.
In Phase I, TREES as a Community Resource secured a timber sale in benefit to the community between CAL FIRE and Mendocino Forest Products. The deal effectively transfers the value of 1.5 million board feet of timber to cash grants for building materials for people with unmet housing needs.
The $5000 grants generously provided by the CAL FIRE - Mendocino Forest Products timber sale can be applied for through Team Lake County and North Coast Opportunities. Applications will also be available online soon. Learn More
The TREES Project is working through many collaborative partners to secure timber and create timber-framed Cabin Kits as Community Grants! Made from our beloved fir trees from Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest, these beautiful little cabins are available for pre-sale at deeply discounted prices as well! Lake County residents only, find out more here!
Neighbors with dead trees on their property can call TREES for help clearing their lots. TREES works with a Licensed Timber Operator (LTO) to cut and move qualifying burnt timber from neighborhood lots. Each neighbor pays fair share of tree removal costs and those without funds from insurance or otherwise may be eligible for assistance through grants. Once work is complete, neighbor receives tax-deductible receipt for the full value of donated timber from our nonprofit partner, North Coast Opportunities. Funds raised will go towards building cabin kits for Community Housing Grants made from Boggs Mountain timber, and creating economic opportunities within the south Lake County communities. Learn More
Let's work together.
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
to help house someone in need.
Share us on social media, email your friends and family, distribute flyers and posters in your community, host a Tree Project table at a farmers market or outside your local grocery store.
Help The Trees Project with administrative tasks, promotion, professional services, restoration and ecological demonstration projects and more!
The Team Behind The Trees
The Tree Project is a collaboration between people, organizations, companies and governmental agencies with mutual interests in meeting the housing, economic and ecological needs of fire-inflicted communities, using trees and timber as a primary resource.