Friday, September 17, 2010

Update from the Forest Service.

Hello Everyone,

Many of you participated in the May 12, 2010 exploratory meeting for the Sagehen Collaborative Project or have expressed interest in participating in future meetings. A summary of the May 12 meeting is available here for your reference.

We have taken several steps since then and wanted to give you an update:

Thanks to the generous assistance of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Tahoe National Forest, we have secured some funding to continue a facilitated set of meetings for the Sagehen Collaborative Project. Lisa Wallace, Executive Director of the Truckee River Watershed Council, will convene and facilitate 4-8 meetings, as needed. The Watershed Council has often taken the role of neutral convener and facilitator for natural resource management projects in the Truckee area. Under separate cover, Lisa will send information and notification on the next set of meetings. Our goal is the schedule the next meeting in early October.

Per the discussion and agreements at the May 12 meeting, Scott Conway, of the USFS Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District, has two Demonstration Plots underway in Sagehen Creek Field Station. These Demo Plots will show us what the area may look like after treatment. The "prescription" for these Demo areas was developed with the help of Dr. Malcolm North, using the principles he and his co-authors developed in their recent publication, "An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests" (aka GTR-220). We will be able to tour the Demo Plots at the next meeting. The plots will show us untreated areas marked for treatment, treated areas and are adjacent to areas previously treated using other "prescriptions".

Thank you again for your participation at the May exploratory meeting. The feedback you provided led directly to our ability to continue the collaborative process and to implementing the Demonstration Plots.

We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

/s/ Joanne and Peter

Joanne B. Roubique, District Ranger
Truckee Ranger District - Tahoe NF
10811 Stockrest Spring Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161
530-587-3558 x 232

Peter A. Stine
Pacific Southwest Research Station
U.S. Forest Service
2121 2nd Street, Suite A101
Davis, CA 95616

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