Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Projects
All-lands forest restoration can take a variety of forms, one of which is the federally funded Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program. The CFLR program aims to achieve all-lands restoration goals; encourage ecological, economic, and social sustainability; leverage local resources with national and private resources; facilitate the reduction of wildfire management costs; reestablish natural fire regimes and reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire; and encourage the utilization of forest restoration by-products to benefit local rural economies and forest health.
There are three CFLRs in California: Burney-Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group in the southern Cascades and northern Sierra, the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group and the Dinkey Creek Collaborative in the central and southern Sierra.
Highlights of CFLR Support
The Sierra Institute facilitates collaboration between the three California CFLRs through its SCALE program. It also has long standing relationships with the individual California CFLRs; below are examples of CFLR services and success.
Dinkey Socioeconomic Monitoring
The Sierra Institute performed an initial socioeconomic monitoring assessment for the Dinkey Creek Collaborative in 2013. This study involved delineating the communities considered to be “local” within the project area, conducting a stakeholder analysis, and performing a socioeconomic assessment. Read the full Dinkey Socioeconomic Assessment and Stakeholder Analysis Report (pdf, 11 MB).
The Sierra Institute is currently drafting a long term socioeconomic monitoring methodology for the Dinkey Creek Collaborative.
Burney Garden’s Timber Harvest Plan
The Burney-Hat Creek Community and Forest Watershed group had remarkable success crafting a cross-boundary meadow restoration/timber harvest plan. Read the Sierra Institute’s Burney Hat Creek All-Lands Timber Harvest Plan Case Study (pdf, 194 KB).
Burney Hat Creek Forestry Project
Prior to its becoming a CFLR, the Sierra Institute produced a Socioeconomic Assessment, Stakeholder Analysis, and Institutional Assessment of the Burney Hat Creek Forestry Project (pdf, 6 MB). This report provided the group with a foundation on which they successfully moved forward.
If you would like more information on our socioeconomic monitoring work or any of the Sierra Institute’s Collaborative Forestry projects, please email us.