Education and Outreach Materials

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service have developed this multimedia page to assist our partners and stakeholders throughout the state with disseminating the message of the dire need to restore Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds by increasing infrastructure and investment, and addressing needed policy changes.

There is a growing understanding that many Sierra Nevada forests are overly dense with too many trees, and are susceptible to insects, drought, disease, and large, damaging wildfires. There is likewise broad consensus that science-based ecological restoration of our Sierra Nevada forests must be dramatically increased in order to make them more resilient for the future.

The materials on this page are available for download. Help us meet the goals and objectives of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program by sharing the materials with your communities and representatives.

Social Media

Follow the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, and visit #SierraWIP and #restorethesierra for the latest Watershed Improvement Program updates.

Web Stories









Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program: History and Accomplishments

We’ve been working to increase the pace and scale of restoration in the Sierra Nevada on a number of fronts. View the web story to learn more about the progress made to date. (released Mar. 2018)


The Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI)

The Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI), a part of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP), brings together innovative approaches to increase the pace and scale of restoration work that gets done across the watersheds of the Central Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe areas. (released Aug. 2017)


Bioenergy and Responsible Forest Management

We must enhance the Sierra’s forest-related infrastructure if it is to handle the pace and scale of needed restoration. Infrastructure projects are essential to the Sierra because they utilize biomass to provide energy, reduce fire risk and help improve local socio-economic conditions. (released Oct. 2017)


Time to Act: Restoring Sierra Nevada Forests

Sierra Nevada forests are dead and dying. It’s time to take action to restore these forests so we protect the vital benefits they provide to California. (released Jan. 2017)


Fire Exclusion: A Problem in the Sierra Nevada

Sierra forests historically burned frequently, but over the last century these fires have been suppressed. As a result, Sierra forests are overgrown, unhealthy, and susceptible to large, damaging wildfire. All of these problems cause serious long-term damage. (released Jan. 2017)


Restoring Fire: A Solution for the Sierra Nevada

Excluding fire from the Sierra Nevada landscape for over a century has caused a wealth of problems for the health of these forests. The solution is to restore low-severity surface fire, which requires active management of Sierra Nevada forests. (released Jan. 2017)


The Watershed Improvement Program: Increasing the Pace and Scale of Restoration in the Sierra Nevada

Find out more about the goals and objectives of the Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) as outlined in the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Regional Strategy. This guiding document can be found here: (updated Mar. 2018)


Protecting California’s Watersheds: Lessons from the Butte Fire

Learn about the impacts of forest restoration on tree mortality and fire behavior in Calaveras County. (released Nov. 2016)


Forest Restoration: An Urgent Need in the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada region provides a wealth of benefits to California, but many of these benefits are in jeopardy. Learn more about the restoration needs and the programs in place that can support large-scale restoration. (released Jul. 2016)


Forest Restoration Model: ACCG Master Stewardship Signing Event

The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group’s Master Stewardship Agreement, which supports restoration the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed, provides a model for restoring the entire Sierra Nevada region. (released Jul. 2016)

Story Maps

The Forest-Carbon Story

The multi-year drought that has impacted California has resulted in dramatic changes in many of our forests. This Story Map helps the viewer understand the forest-related challenges caused by the drought and increased bark beetle activity, the impacts that elevated tree mortality can have on the ecosystem services that our forests provide to California, and the management activities that can help mitigate these issues. (released Apr. 2016)

View in full screen: The Forest-Carbon Story


The California Headwaters Partnership Story

California forests and watersheds play an essential role in our lives and our communities, but many of these magnificent natural features are unhealthy. In 2015 the federal government announced the Resilient Lands and Waters (RLW) Initiative to help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change and other challenges. This Story Map tells of one RLW effort, the CA Headwaters Partnership, which is being led by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the CA Natural Resources Agency and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. (updated Nov. 2016)

View in full screen: The California Headwaters Partnership Story


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(released Aug. 2016)

Fact Sheets

Sierra Nevada Tree Mortality Fact Sheet (updated Dec. 2016)

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Fact Sheet (updated Apr. 2016)

Sierra Nevada Forest Carbon Fact Sheet (released Mar. 2016)

Sierra Nevada Water Facts Handout (8.5×11) (released Mar. 2015)

Why Do We Need The Watershed Improvement Program? Handout (11×17) (released Mar. 2015)


State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report: From Bad to Worse (released Mar. 2017)

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Regional Strategy (updated Mar. 2018)

State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report Update  (released Spring 2015)

State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report (released Sept. 2014)