Increasing investment for needed restoration:
California voters passed Proposition 1, The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Bond Act of 2014, on November 4, 2014. $25 million dollars of this fund was allocated to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Conservancy has already begun investing these needed funds in to projects that support the goals of the WIP. To learn more about projects that have been funded through Proposition 1, visit the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s web page.
Prescribed Fire MOU
Several Federal and State agency officials, along with conservation and community fire protection groups, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the careful and expanded 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. Because of steep terrain, limited roads, and other factors, fire use is an increasingly important and low cost tool for protecting rural communities and the many benefits flowing from these watersheds.
Expanding restoration activities by addressing needed policy changes
Good Neighbor Authority: In order to encourage restoration at a larger landscape scale, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Natural Resources Agency signed a Good Neighbor Authority master agreement, facilitating expanded federal-state partnerships to increase and streamline vital restoration work across all lands. This agreement allows agencies within the California Natural Resources Agency to complement work on U.S. Forest Service lands over the next ten years, providing a larger-scale, more holistic restoration outcome.
Working to understand the amount and types of restoration work needed in the Sierra
Information on critical issues and restoration opportunities are being compiled at the watershed level to provide baseline knowledge of the on-the-ground conditions and restoration needs across the Sierra Nevada. These assessments will help identify areas best suited for deploying a more detailed assessment process, and provide a basis for exploring new models for accomplishing restoration work more effectively.