USA — Some $10 million in federal aid is being sought by San Bernardino County to continue removal of trees killed by drought conditions and a bark beetle infestation.
The Board of Supervisors voted authorization Tuesday for county Fire Chief Pat Dennen to submit a grant proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for more money to extend its tree clearing program another two years.
More than $70 million has already been spent. The current grant expires Sept. 30, 2011.
More than one million trees are dead in the San Bernardino Mountains because of the drought and the beetle infestation.
The $10 million grant will help create more defensible space around homes and business firms.