As part of the 2021 Vegetation Management Grant Program, the County of Sonoma has approved grant funding for the Foothill Property Owner's Association (POA} to complete two fuels reduction projects: 1) a chipper program for dead vegetation and trees located within the entire project area; and 2) the selective thinning and
chipping of dead vegetation, high grass and shrubs and removal of dead trees located in the 40 acre common area parcel located within the project area. The first component will consist of a chipper program available to all members of the FPOA. Residents will pile their dead vegetation along the roadways and a crew will chip the
material. The second component will consist of the mechanical thinning of dead vegetation, ladder fuels and trees in the 40 acre parcel common area parcel (APN 028-360-038}. This area suffered significant damage in the Tubbs fire as nearly half of the parcel contained a forest of fir trees. Many of the fir trees did not survive the fire
and most have been removed. However, remaining downed fir trees need to be removed, and 38 oaks, 165 bay and 77 madrone trees need to be limbed and high grass and shrubs weed whacked to reduce ladder fuels. The purpose of the project is to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and the associated threat to life, property,
and the environment. It is intended to also help residents in their effort to create defensible space around homes and reduce vegetation along roadways.