LBS Ranch owner Ben Sher worked with other SOFAR members and partners to lead a vegetation management demonstration on his property in early March.

We know how essential it is for landowners, both public and private, to manage vegetation and reduce wildfire risk. However, private landowners often struggle with the expensive costs for fuel reduction. Ben Sher’s work on his ranch demonstrates there’s financial assistance available for private landowners, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Others in attendance included El Dorado County, local fire safe councils, Eldorado National Forest, SMUD, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), who administers the EQIP grant. They shared their experiences and insights for pursuing both financial support and partnerships to leverage resources and experience.

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