SAVE CALIFORNIA: The Urgency to Restore Our Primary Watershed
A summit, co-sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and United States Forest Service (USFS) took place in early March in Sacramento, CA, to develop a coordinated, collaborative program to restore the health of California's primary watershed.
Presentations at the Summit addressed the state of the Sierra Nevada's forests, the benefits the region provides to all of California, and the short and long-term impacts from its forests' wildfires. Links to the presentations can be found below.
Following the scientific panel, there was a facilitated roundtable discussion where solutions were proposed that will protect the Sierra Nevada region and restore California's primary watershed. A list of discussion participants can be found here.
The summit's outcome highlighted multi-agency consensus on the strategies that will comprise the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program.
Resources and Materials
- Climate change, forests and fire in the Sierra Nevada, California: Implications for current and future resource management by Hugh Safford, Ph.D., Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
- Managing Smoke and Carbon: Strategies for minimizing impacts while increasing pace and scale of fire treatments by Leland Tarnay, Ph.D., Interagency Smoke Ecologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, & National Parks Service
Download a copy of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program summary here.
Download the Sierra Nevada Watershed Fact Sheet here.
View the videos from the summit presentations and discussions here.