Adult Restoration Crews
The Sierra Institute is collaborating with our partners at Lassen Volcanic National Park in order to improve forest and watershed health while minimizing impact to Wilderness throughout the Park.Last year (2019), Sierra Institute’s eight person wilderness fuels module crew assisted with manual fuels reduction activities along Flatiron Ridge in the Park.
Project work included utilizing non-mechanized equipment such as crosscut saws and axes to remove and rearrange fuels, and construct firelines to facilitate future prescribed burning as part of the greater North Fork Feather River Headwaters (NFRH) Forest Restoration Project. For a portion of the season, the crew was accompanied by a young-adults who worked alongside gaining hands-on experience on non-mechanized fuel reduction work as well as the value of Wilderness and the importance of maintaining healthy forests and watersheds.
Phase II of this work will continue this summer (2020) with a six person crew conducting fuels reduction within two additional units of the NFRH Forest Restoration Project - East Juniper Lake and Inspiration.Funding for Phase I & II of this project has been provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California, under the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) grant cycle and in support of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program.