NEWS RELEASE – June 6, 2019
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board Awards More Than $3
Million for Restoration Projects
Calif.) – At its quarterly meeting, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC)
Governing Board approved a total of $3,122,551 in funds for five different
projects focused on improving watershed and forest health throughout the Sierra
of the selected projects strike at the heart of the Sierra Nevada Watershed
Improvement Program (WIP), SNC’s large-scale restoration initiative designed to
improve ecosystem and community resilience in the Region.
projects authorized for funding by our board today will provide community
protection and improve forest and watershed health more broadly,” said Sierra
Nevada Conservancy Executive Officer, Angela Avery. “These are great examples
of the type and kind of work that the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement
Program is focused on implementing with our partners across the region.”
Four of the approved projects are specifically forest health grants funded through Proposition 1 (The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) and Proposition 68 (The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018). The Yuba Watershed Institute was awarded $300,000 for its ‘Inimim Forest Restoration Project – Phase 1 to aid in forest restoration and watershed health in Nevada County. Sagehen Creek Field Station, a research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley located in the Tahoe National Forest, was awarded $1 million for its Pushing the Larger Landscape Into Resiliency Through Fire project. An additional $721,487 was authorized to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Mariposa County for the Von Der Ahe Forest Enhancement Project and $506,714 went to the Plumas Audubon Society for its efforts to improve the health of the forests in the Genesee Valley, a significant tributary to the north fork of the Feather River.
$594,350 was allotted for the Blacksmith Project, an undertaking by the
El Dorado National Forest to aid in landscape resilience and improve growing
conditions for trees in a 6,000-acre area east of Georgetown, Ca. Funding for
this project came from CAL FIRE’s California Climate Investments (CCI) grant
program, which puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work throughout the
state to help improve public health, the environment, and the economy by
reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs).
information about these projects and the programs that fund them can be found
in the June 2019 Board Meeting materials.