Regionwide Listing of Ecological Restoration Projects


To achieve Ecological Restoration goals, the Forest Service will need to increase the amount of acres restored in California from 200,000 acres a year to about 500,000 acres per year.

Forest Aid. . . From Ashes to Action, San Bernardino National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles-based TreePeople partnered to recruit large numbers of volunteers and corporations. Over two years, 25,000 volunteers participated, resulting in more than 51,000 native seedlings planted, one of the largest volunteer-led tree planting programs in southern California.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, Pacific Southwest Region

A partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the U.S. Forest Service produced an Emmy® award-winning film examining Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges; with Leopold’s biographer, Conservation Biologist Dr. Curt Meine as the on-screen guide.

Trout Creek Restoration Project, Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Federal and state agencies, private landowners, and non-governmental organizations are partnering to restore 1.5 miles of Trout Creek. This also restores the wet meadowland ecosystem, reduces and prevents erosion, improves habitat for redband trout and other wildlife, while fostering community-supported stewardship of the watershed.

Indian Valley Watershed Restoration Project, Eldorado National Forest

Many partners came together to restore a 500-acre meadow at the Mokelumne River headwaters. As a result, the stream can access the floodplain and spread out, reducing the water flow and re-watering a nearby meadow. The $366,400 project funding was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company.

Coca-Cola and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded $400,000 to accomplish meadow restoration in Indian Valley, a 500-acre meadow located on the Eldorado National Forest.

Firescape Monterey, Los Padres National Forest

The Forest has fostered and championed a collaborative framework for managing fire across the Northern Santa Lucia Mountains and the Monterey Coast, working with 25 public and private organizations that conduct planning and compliance activities up front and at the landscape scale to increase work on the ground. The collaborative seeks to protect life and property affected by wildfire while maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Within the Firescape Monterey project, two critical watersheds have been identified as Ecological Restoration priorities—the Big Sur and Danish Creek/Carmel River.

Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog Reintroduction Project, Lake Tahoe Basin Management

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is working with numerous other partners to restore the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to lakes in the Desolation Wilderness.

Twomile Project, Stanislaus National Forest

In partnership with the Tuolumne River Trust the Twomile Meadow Restoration project would improve meadow function on the Stanislaus National Forest.

Trail of 100 Giants Interpretive Trail Boardwalk, Sequoia National Forest

The Trail of 100 Giants project on the Sequoia National Forest lies along one of the most popular interpretive trails in a sequoia grove. The trail will be designed to meet accessibility requirements.

Americorps Watershed Stewards, Six Rivers National Forest

For 18 years the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards program has partnered with Six Rivers National Forest to assist in watershed and salmonid restoration.

Aspen Enhancement on the Plumas National Forest

All three Ranger Districts on the Plumas NF have implemented projects to restore aspen and the valuable habitat it provides for wildlife.

Dinkey Creek Landscape Restoration Project, Sierra National Forest

A 154,000-acre 30-member collaborative ecological restoration project on the Sierra National Forest and private lands in a priority watershed, has restored 4,034 acres of terrestrial habitat; improved 1,187 acres of rangeland; reduced fuels on 4,778 acres and sold 15,962 hundred cubic feet of timber.

The Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project is a science-based, ecological restoration initiative covering 154,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada Range.