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Landowner Tree Mortality Assistance Program

ARCD currently has a reimbursement project under the Landowner Tree Mortality Program (LTMA). This project provides reimbursement to landowners to treat hazard trees. Funding for the project is provided by CALFIRE through the State Responsibility Area (SRA) funds.

A hazard tree is a tree that if it were to fall could damage an inhabited structure. 

Hazard Tree Treatment Reimbursement:  Landowners in the project area qualify for up to 50% reimbursement to treat dead/dying hazard trees on their property, with a maximum of $3000 reimbursement. The project area includes includes private properties located on timberland east of highway 49.

Reimbursement includes: felling of the hazard tree, treatment of the slash and removal of the timber from the property.  Trees that can be treated by the County or PG&E, because they could potentially damage County roads or PG&E power lines,  are not covered under this project.

Please see the Application and landowner information below for more details about the project and reimbursement.

Landowner Application Packet                                                                         Click document title to view and download

Please submit completed application and supporting document to:     Amanda@AmadorRCD.org                                                                                            or by mail to:        Amador Resource Conservation District                                  12200 B Airport Road, Jackson CA  95642

Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Check out the County Tree Mortality Website for more Information on County-wide efforts. www.amadortreemortality.com

SECP Trainings

Many members of the Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance (SAWQA) are subject to the Sediment and Erosion Control Plan (SECP) Requirement under the Sacramento Valley Waste Discharge Order.

A SECP must be certified, irrigators can participate in a training to be able to self-certify.  SAWQA is offering several trainings to assist irrigators in being able to self-certify their own plans.

Upcoming Trainings:

Partner Hosted Trainings

October 29th, Sunday                                                                                                        1pm-4pm                                                                                                                              Where: CA Small Farm Conference   Robert Cabral Ag. Center              Cost: ~$35                                                                                                                        Register Here: www.californiafarmconference.com/attend

November 2nd, Thursday                                                                                                 8am-1pm                                                                                                                                  Where: American Legion Hall, 1305 N. 1st Street, Dixon CA 95620    Register: Call: (707)678-1655 x103                                                            email: martha-mckeen@dixonrcd.org

Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance Hosted Trainings

SAWQA held two SECP trainings in September 2017, additional trainings may be hosted in the Winter 17-18.

What are my other SECP certification options?                                               If a member does not want to self-certify their own plan they can hire a professional to write and certify their SECP.  Under the Central Valley Regional Board’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program  a member can hire a qualified professional possessing one of the following registrations or certifications, and appropriate experience with erosion issues on irrigated agricultural lands (CA Registered Professionsal Civil Engineer (PE), CA Registered Professional Geologist or Engineering Geologist, CA Registered Professional Landscape Architect, Professional Hydrologist, Certified Soil Scientist (CPSS), Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality. Click here for a list of local qualified professionals.

Sediment & Erosion Control Plan Requirement

Members requiring a Sediment & Erosion Control Plan (SECP) for one or more of their parcels enrolled in Sacramento/Amador Water Quality Alliance (SAWQA) have been notified by mail.

SECPs are kept on your farm or in your office and not returned to SAWQA.

A SECP must be prepared in one of the following ways:

  • Be prepared and self-certified by the member who has completed a training (SAWQA is providing FREE training for members, Click here for more information on trainings)
  • Be written, amended and certified by a qualified professional possessing specific registrations or certifications, and appropriate experience with erosion issues on irrigated agricultural lands. Click here for a list of qualified professionals.
  • Adhere to site-specific recommendations from NRCS, RCD, UCCE

Why is my parcel listed as needing a SECP? Click Here to review the Risk Category Table; this table identifies the reasons why a parcel could be listed as needing an SECP.

Does my parcel qualify for an exception? There are a limited number of cases that could qualify a parcel for an SECP exemption.

  • If you have not turned in an Farm Evaluation Plan (FEP) or answered “YES” on FEP question A3 there is a possibility that returning your FEP could eliminate your SECP requirement. Review the Risk Category table for more information.
  • The Regional Board recognizes following exemptions to the requirement to complete a SECP:
    • The parcel is a wetland.
    • The parcel has zero irrigated acres.
    • The parcel is isolated topographically or protected by a hydraulic barrier and the parcel does not discharge tailwater.
    • The parcel has natural riparian vegetation that prohibits sediment discharges or erosion.

    There are specific requirements to qualify for these exemptions, members must notify SAWQA if they believe a parcel qualifies for an exemption.  

Questions?                                                                                                          Contact Jill Damskey  SAWQA@AmadorRCD.org  (209) 730-3150