The California Employment Development Department National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG) provided paid work experience for workers to assist with recovery efforts to residents and businesses that were severely impacted by the state’s megafires.

Some NDWG grant recipients served on crews responsible for restoring local landscapes destroyed by the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which burned nearly 97,000 acres throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. EWDD’s WorkSource Centers and workforce partners helped administer the NDWG, which has provided temporary employment to hundreds of Angelenos. This project is 100% federally-funded in the amount of $1.8 million.

(left) the Malibu Pacific Trail before restoration, showing a deep erosion trench; and (right) during trail restoration, showing a boulder filled trench to provide stability before filling with hard pack soil
(left to right) Before and during NDWG funded 2018 megafire restoration of the Malibu stretch of the Pacific Trail

Pictured above is a stretch of the Malibu Pacific Trail that was deeply eroded during the Woolsey fire. Due to heavy rains and erosion following the fire, a large trench with an average depth of two feet, needed to be repaired. The crew reinforced the trail by placing large rocks and boulders in order to solidify and reinforce the trench.

Completed restoration of the Malibu stretch of the Pacific Trail, smooth and graded for casual hiking
Completed restoration of the Malibu Pacific Trail

After hauling the rocks and filling the trench, the crew then covered the trail with sediment and finally compacted and leveled the ground. The trail is now accessible and safe for the public to use as a hiking path again.


National Dislocated Worker Grant Providing Temporary employment for Angelenos

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG) provided paid work experience for workers to assist with recovery efforts to residents and businesses that were severely impacted by the pandemic. EWDD's WorkSource Centers and workforce partners helped administer the NDWG, which has provided temporary employment to hundreds of Angelenos. This project is 100% federally-funded in the amount of $1.8 million.



This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of November 15, 2021. Read this issue and more.