Virtual Town Hall: Past History and Future Visioning in the Almanor Basin
An extension of this summer’s popular “State of the Lake” series, we will explore the history of “Big Meadows” and discuss ways that current trends can and will influence our community in years to come.
Panelists will discuss a variety of topics relevant to the Lake Almanor Basin, including:
- Wildfire and climate change
- Economic development
- Employment opportunities
- Recreation and tourism
- History and evolution of collaborative groups
Meet the Panelists
Steve Buckley—Ecologist/Botanist at Lassen Volcanic National Park
Ecology of the area; past, present and what we will need for the future. Ecological impacts of climate change on the LVNP and surrounding area. How hard will it be to protect the landscape and some of what is needed to do so?
Lorena Gorbet –Board Member at Maidu Summit Consortium
Historic tribal practices and their influences on landscape health and particularly plants and animals. What was and what should be? What role can the tribes play and how does their work offer learning opportunities and a path forward?
Russell Nickerson – District Ranger, Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District
How the Forest Service has evolved and the role of partnerships like the South Lassen Watersheds Group on management of FS lands. Why did the Lassen NF request that the entire Almanor District be part of the SLWG area? How do they see partnerships like those with the tribes and Sierra Institute among others influencing their land management in the future?
Jonathan Kusel – Executive Director of Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
How the basin has changed since Sierra Institute first starting working in the area some 20 years ago. How does that difference affect what is being done today? And how will this influence community involvement in landscape work and the safety of these communities? What is the role of partnership work in influencing this landscape?