New Partnership Focuses on Increased Use of Fire in California for Natural Resource and Public Benefits
Several Federal and State agency officials, along with conservation and community fire protection groups, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the use of fire as a restoration tool. A careful and expanded prescribed fire program will lower the likelihood of large, uncontrollable fires by reducing the amount of fuel available to burn, and will limit pollution from larger wildfire events.
DRAFT Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Regional Strategy now available
The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Regional Strategy is now available for public review and comment. The Regional Strategy identifies key information, trends, plans, efforts, and data for major categories influencing watershed health, as well as the process and timeline for implementing the WIP.
Key activities include:
- assessing watershed restoration needs across the Sierra
- increasing investment in the Region
- addressing policy issues to ensure the implementation of needed restoration projects and the infrastructure needed to support such efforts.
The SNC and the USFS Region 5 will act as the primary coordinators of the WIP and partner activity. However, given the scope and scale of this program, your participation will be critical which is why we are reaching out to you, the Region’s stakeholders, to provide your feedback on the WIP Regional Strategy.
The comment period is open until March 18, 2016. Please send comments to SNCWIP@sierranevada.ca.gov.
Sacramento Bee: New partnership seeks to restore Sierra forests
The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program was launched in March 2015. This effort is being led by the state’s Sierra Nevada Conservancy, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, with support from a diverse group of partners. Read more about the Program here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article13156424.html