- | Watershed Restoration |
- | Forest Restoration |
- | Community Protection |
Why do our watersheds need restoration?
Healthy watersheds improve the quality and availability of water for the habitats within them and for the residents downstream. Unfortunately, watershed degradation is widespread across the northern Sierra. Sierra Institute works to empower local and regional partners to complete watershed restoration by prioritizing, designing, implementing, and monitoring various types of watershed restoration projects in headwater streams.
How do Sierra Institute and partners complete watershed restoration?
Roads and Stream Crossings
Forest roads and stream crossings are frequent sources of excessive sedimentation and often create barriers to the movement of fish and other species. We are leading efforts to plan, design, and implement improvements along roads and stream crossings to improve watershed health.
Restoring Stream, Meadow, and Floodplain Function
Meadow, floodplain, and streamside habitat is among some of the most biodiverse and productive in all of the Sierra Nevada. We lead efforts throughout the region to reconnect streams and meadows to their historic floodplains and to restore critical ecological processes in the streamside zone.
Project Design and Permitting
We build regional capacity for watershed restoration by working with local, state, and federal agencies to design and permit watershed restoration projects.
We work to quantify sources of watershed degradation across the landscape as well as the effects of restoration work on water quality and water availability.
Why do our forests need restoration?
A history of fire suppression and the elimination of indigenous burning practices has led to forests overstocked with trees. A recent study reported that average tree density in 2011 was 6-7 times what it was in 1911, and average tree size was reduced by 50%. In addition to increasing risk of high-severity wildfire, overstocked stands increase tree competition for space, light, water, and nutrients, leaving them more vulnerable to stressors like drought, fire, and pests.
How do Sierra Institute and Partners implement forest restoration?
Increasing Forest Resilience
We are thinning overstocked forest stands to promote the development of resilient, healthy, complex forests.
We are preparing the landscape for planned and unplanned fire by removing woody material at the surface, ladder, and canopy levels of forests, and applying prescribed fire to the fire-adapted landscape.
Protecting Critical Habitat
We are maintaining and enhancing habitat connectivity to allow wildlife to respond to changing climatic conditions. This includes restoring fire-impacted landscapes to promote biodiversity and preserving mature forest stands for at-risk species such as the California spotted owl.
How does our work protect local communities?
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
A WUI is an area where human habitation is mixed with areas of flammable wildland vegetation. Sierra Institute and partners such as federal agencies and local firewise councils work with WUI communities to advance work that reduces the risk of severe fire effects to communities through education, targeted fuels reduction and forest thinning, and infrastructure development.
Education and Collaboration
Through forums such as the South Lassen Watersheds Group, Sierra Institute provides a platform for discussing environmental stewardship and community protection. By bringing together interested parties, we educate and empower community members to prepare for planned and unplanned fires.
Hazardous Fuels Reduction
Forest restoration projects include reducing surface, ladder, and canopy fuels that would otherwise feed wildfires. This reduces the risk of wildfires affecting our communities and prepares the landscape for safe application of prescribed and managed fire, and cultural burning. Fuel reduction makes communities more defensible against fire by improving accessibility and safety for emergency personnel and community members.
BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
Sierra Institute is soliciting bids for the Hawk Handthin Project in order to advance restoration efforts within the Robbers Creek Watershed Restoration Project.
The project was collaboratively developed by the South Lassen Watersheds Group to improve the health and ecological resilience of forest habitats, reduce surface and ladder fuels to reduce the size, and severity of future wildland fires, and enable the reintroduction of good fire to fire-adapted ecosystems.
The Hawk service contract units are located approximately twelve air miles northeast of Chester, California in both Lassen and Plumas Counties. Contract units can be accessed from California State Highway 36, Lassen County Road A-21, and Forest Service system roads 29N32Y and 30N09.
Pre-bid Tour: A pre-bid tour will be held on August 7th, 2023 at 10:00 am. Please meet at the Super Y Market parking lot in Westwood, CA, at the intersection of Highway 36 and County Rd A-21.
Bid Submission: Bids are due August 11th, 2023 by 5:00 pm. Bids may ve submitted via:
- Email to email@example.com,
- Mail to PO Box 11; 4438 Main St, Taylorsville, CA 95983
- Delivery to the Sierra Institute Offices located at 4438 Main St. Taylorsville CA 95983.
Implementation: Project implementation may begin as early as August 14th, 2023, and shall be completed no later than December 31st, 2023. Work includes hand thinning of 215 acres of upland forest with hand piling of all cut material and existing surface fuels.
For additional information, please view the full bid solicitation HERE.
Any questions may be directed to Tony Charbonnier by phone (530) 284-1022 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not interested in this project but would like to be included on a list for future projects please send an email along with a list of services provided.