Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Annual Summit

The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Summit: 

Taking A Regional Approach to Implementing California’s Climate Goals

The Sierra Nevada Region is California’s biggest carbon sink, but many of our Sierra Nevada forests are unhealthy, and have suffered unprecedented tree mortality from bark beetles, drought, and an increase in high-severity wildfire. These events result in immediate greenhouse gas emissions from smoke plumes and decaying dead trees, and long-term loss of sequestration. Without immediate action, the Sierra Nevada will continue to emit massive amounts of greenhouse gas and lose the ability to store and sequester carbon. Learn more about how the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is working to retain Sierra Nevada forests as a carbon sink for California and prevent this critical Region from becoming a carbon source.

 Held on Wednesday March 7, 2018

1:00 – 4:30PM || CALSTRS – Boardroom

100 Waterfront Place || West Sacramento, CA 95605

Summit Recording


Jim Branham, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor, Tahoe National Forest

Steven Ostoja, PhD, Director, USDA California Climate Hub, Agricultural Research Service

Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, CalEPA

Chief Ken Pimlott, Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Summit Materials


Forest Carbon Handout

Steven Ostoja Presentation