Drought and bark beetle infestation killed thousands of Twain Harte's majestic pine trees over the last two years. As we mourned the change of our beautiful landscape, we also became aware of the potential dangers that tree mortality posed to our community. Tens of thousands of dead trees were removed in Twain Harte, It seemed like a problem too large to tackle, but our residents and local agencies banded together to help keep our community safe.
What did our District do?
The District received California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) funding to pay for 75% of the costs to remove dead and dying trees that threaten at-risk water and sewer infrastructure. We are pleased to report that we removed 475 trees in the District, protecting our facilities and the community.
What did other Agencies do?
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
PG&E removed more than 80,000 trees in Tuolumne County and continues to mark and remove trees that threaten powerlines at a fast rate. PG&E has also implemented a debris management program to help remove eligible logs after falling. It is important to note that log removal may occur up to four months after trees are felled. Contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 if you believe you have dead tress that threaten powerlines.
Tuolumne County completed many CDAA funded projects all over the County to remove dead and dying trees that threaten County roads and other County facilities, including removal projects along Twain Harte Drive and North Tuolumne Road. For more information on the County's work and on tree mortality work in our County, click HERE.
Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD)
TUD completed several CDAA funded projects to remove dead and dying trees that threaten their high risk water facilities. They have completed tree removal projects near high risk tanks and along the ditches in Twain Harte and other areas across the County.
Caltrans completed a hazard tree removal project that removed approximately 9,000 trees along the Highway 108 corridor. They are currently working on a second hazard tree removal project along Highway 108.
Tree Mortality Assistance Progam
The Sonora Lions Club, Sunrise Rotary, Sonora Kiwanis, Sierra Non-Profit, Highway 108 Fire Safe Council, Yosemite Foothills Fire Safe Council and Area 12 Agency on Agining teamed up to create a program to help seniors over 60 years old and disabled adults without sufficient financial resources remove dead and dying trees. For more information, call (209) 532-6272, Ext. 208.