Local scene: Adopt a highway, apply for CalFire grants – SanBenito.com


Hagins named to the president’s list

Anne Hagins of Hollister was among more than 800 University of Iowa undergraduates named to the president’s list for the fall 2021 semester. Hagins is a fourth-year student at the College of Liberal Arts and Science from Iowa, majoring in English and Creative Writing.

President’s List status was achieved by only two undergraduate freshmen during the fall 2021 semester at Iowa; only 135 sophomores; only 250 third-year students; and only 420 fourth-year students, says a University of Iowa press release.

Allocations available for Adopt a Highway

Caltrans offers incentive allowances to those who participate in its Adopt-A-Highway program as part of the Clean California initiative. Incentive allocations will be offered up to $250 per qualifying waste cleanup event per site for maximum payouts per year.

These allowances will include $250 for cleaning adopted sections of highway. Additionally, $250 will be issued after cleaning all sides of the ramps and quads, $125 for an on/off ramp and $62.50 for a single ramp, a Caltrans press release said.

An incentive allowance of up to $250 will be issued for cleaning “non-traditional adoptions” such as Park & ​​Ride locations and bike paths, at the discretion of the local HAA Coordinator.

The Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program is administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Adoptions typically span a two-mile stretch of roadside and permits are issued for five-year terms. Groups in good standing can renew their license indefinitely. Participation is free for all volunteers and signs identifying your group are included at no cost.

The public can learn more about the Caltrans Adopt-A Highway program and the Clean California initiative at:



Apply for CalFire grants by March 31

CalFire is accepting applications for up to $24 million in grants available for projects that support the creation of a robust and diverse wood products market to help achieve California’s forest resilience goals.

CalFire’s Wood Products and Bioenergy Program, which aims to maintain and improve California’s forestry sector to promote healthy resilient forests throughout the state, is accepting applications for business and labor development projects. work on an ongoing basis, depending on the availability of funds, a press release said.

Project proposals will be reviewed and awarded quarterly, with prizes awarded the following quarter. Applicants who apply before March 31 will be notified no later than June 30.

Applicants must submit their proposals by March 31 to be considered for the first round of funded projects.

The program supports a diverse set of business and workforce development projects that align with the goals of California’s Wildfire Action Plan 2021 and Forest Resilience (https:// tinyurl.com/ms44jv8c). Up to $24 million is available for wood products and workforce development projects that meet eligibility criteria and score competitively against the selection criteria.

Additional funding of up to $4 million is available through the Wildfire Resilience Program for Nursery Operations, the news release continues. These funds were allocated as part of the final 2021-2022 budget package.

“This is the first grant solicitation focused on business and workforce development in the forestry sector,” said Tim Robards, CalFire Chief of Staff. “Forest management capacity has been identified as a key constraint to meeting the state’s annual forest treatment goal and this program has been developed to meet that need.”

Eligible businesses include facilities, operations and professional services that support the restoration of healthy and resilient forests. Some grants are available specifically for nurseries to grow seedlings of native California trees. Entities eligible for Workforce Development Project grants include universities, colleges, government and community organizations, and businesses that aim to increase workforce capacity in the areas of fuels, logging, transportation, prescribed fires, manufacturing and other support services.

Locals Named to Dean’s List

Hollister residents Alissa Avina and Garret Kelly have been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 term at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, California.

Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest college in the chiropractic profession, has campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, California; and Port Orange, Florida.


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