Mitigation Cost-share Assistance

Available in 8 WNC Counties

Mountain Valleys RC&D’s Mitigation Cost-Share Assistance Program offers 50% reimbursement for residents within our eight-county region to hire out a contractor or rent equipment to reduce their home’s risk of ignition from wildfire.

This program can assist primary residents living in the following WNC counties: Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, McDowell, Polk, Transylvania, Cleveland, & Rutherford Counties. Preference given to homes or communities with moderate-to-high wildfire risk.​

** To receive cost-share assistance, an application and agreement must be submitted and signed before the project begins. **

Mitigation tasks include:

  • Tree and brush thinning

  • Dead vegetation removal

  • Pruning trees and shrubs

  • Cleaning gutters

Before and after pictures of mitigation projects.


Projects must be within 100 feet of the home or 10 feet from the driveway. Resident reimbursements are capped at $2,000; community reimbursements are capped at $4,000. 


Please contact or 828-206-6159 for more information or to apply. Please provide your name, phone, address, and county of residence.

Mitigation cost-share assistance now includes the treatment and removal of Miscanthus sinensis, aka: Chinese Silvergrass or pampas grass, from within 100 feet of the home for up to 3 years.Treatment includes mowing and spraying with herbicide.

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Frequently asked questions

You may have questions regarding how to schedule an assessment, who to hire, etc. Read our FAQ page to find your answer!

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For more information

Contact the Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator

at 828-206-6159 or

*Please provide your name, phone, address, and county.

Interested in helping us spread the word and becoming a project partner? Contractors, community organizers, land managers. 

Contact us to discuss ways you can support!