Monday, October 16, 2017

Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) Project



SCALE is another group working on small wood utilization strategies. You can read their June newsletter here.

Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative

 "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."
TCSI is another recent initiative that scales up some of the principles of the Sagehen Forest Project. Sagehen is actively involved in the TCSI process, which covers 4.4m-acres in central California and Nevada.

See info flyer.

Lake Tahoe West

November 30, 2016 was the inaugural meeting of the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership.

Modeled on the Sagehen Forest Project's successful collaboration:
"The goal of the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) -- a new interagency initiative of the California Tahoe Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California State Parks, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, and National Forest Foundation -- is to restore the resilience of the west shore's forests, watersheds, recreational opportunities, and communities to such threats. The planning area includes 59,013 acres of federal, state, local, and private lands, from Emerald Bay to Squaw Valley."
More info.
FTP site where you can download all current and historical stakeholder group meeting materials.

One really interesting thing about the initiative is that they funded artist Todd Gilens to participate in the process and respond to the issues. Sagehen encourages #ArtSciConverge efforts to bring larger audiences and new problem-solving strategies to the grand ecological challenges of the 21st century.