Below are a few examples of the innovative approaches that partners are taking under the TCSI:
Caples Ecological Restoration Project
Healthy forests and watersheds depend on a healthy fire regime; reintroducing fire as a management tool will be key for increasing the pace and scale of restoration. The Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project will complete forest restoration work on 6,800 acres of the Eldorado National Forest, and 4,400 acres of the project area will be treated using prescribed fire. This project is being completed as a partnership between the El Dorado Irrigation District, the Eldorado National Forest, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Lake Tahoe West Collaborative Project
Several critical elements make Lake Tahoe West distinctive: a collaboratively developed and implemented large landscape-scale approach, 10-year strategy to restore the forests, watersheds, recreational opportunities, and communities on Lake Tahoe’s western shore; a science team to inform the effort and model the tradeoffs of management actions; and the alignment and acceleration of planning permitting and implementation schedules.
North Yuba Forest Resilience Project
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy and U.S. Forest Service have been working in close partnership with Blue Forest Conservation to site California’s first Forest Resilience Bond pilot project in the North Yuba River watershed. This novel funding strategy will invest private capital in restoration projects that protect forest health and mitigate the risk for damage from wildfires and drought.
French Meadows Project
The French Meadows project is overcoming U.S. Forest Service staffing and funding constraints through an innovative approach for completing required environmental assessments. If this approach is successful, it could save land managers money and time. In addition, project partners are testing the hypothesis that ecologically based forest thinning increases forest resilience and water yield, with the goal of quantifying water supply benefits.