The Reservation is comprised of approximately 560 acres of land held in trust by the US government. Because of the Reservation’s proximity to Thomas Mountain in Anza, California, wildfire is a chief concern to the Tribe. To bolster our ability to protect the Reservation from the potential impacts of a fire, the Environmental Department has partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and obtained funding through their EQIP cost-share program to perform fuels reduction work on approximately 120 acres of land. Fuels reduction work began in late 2014 and efforts have been focused on tying into existing fuel breaks, as well as providing a sufficient buffer around critical infrastructure throughout the Reservation (such as residential homes, the maintenance shop, and the community building).
The Tribe has also partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address resource concerns on several parcels of land that the Tribe co-manages with the agency. Fieldwork with the BLM has mainly involved hazardous fuels reduction.