Shasta-Trinity National Forest makes progress on restoration projects

Release Date: Dec 20, 2011  

Contact(s): Schirete Zick (530) 226-2595

Redding, Calif. California’s landscapes are under siege from a host of threats. Catastrophic wildfires, climate change, invasive species and increasing human population put our ecosystems at risk. The U.S. Forest Service has recognized and battled these threats for decades. Recently, the Forest set a goalto maintain and restore the ecological resilience of Forest lands to achieve sustainable ecosystems that provide a broad range of services and value. Ecologically healthy and resilient land­scapes, rich in biodiversity, have greater capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of natural disturbances and large scale threats.

The Forest Service recognizes that it cannot achieve its goals alone. “Emphasis will be placed on expanding and developing partnerships to increase organizational capacity and on the use of landscape level stewardship contracts to achieve restoration goals,” said Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester.

Two of the latest projects on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are the Browns Project and the Trout Creek Restoration Projects.

The Browns Project is one phase of a large fuel hazard reduction strategy to protect the community of Weaverville, California. This strategy was collaboratively developed with the Trinity County Fire Safe Council and the Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee. The project uses a stewardship contract to achieve landscape restoration and community goals.

The Browns Project was designed to improve forest health by reducing overcrowded forest and associated fuel buildup. The project requires the thinning of forest stands on about 560 acres, reducing fuels throughout the project area.

The Trout Creek Stream Project, located approximately 20 miles northeast of McCloud, California,restores riparian habitat in a meadow system that has been high and dry for many years. Now, aseries of in-stream modifications restore water to the level that abandoned channels once again flow across the meadows, recharging the water table.

No longer trapped within an eroded gully, Trout Creek now overflows on to its floodplain increasing upland water storage that benefits the riparian vegetation along the stream and providing friendlier conditions for fish and other water-dependent wildlife.

“Ecological Restoration crosses land boundaries and includes many different projects,” Moore added. “Ultimately we want to create landscapes that survive and thrive in a changing environment and provide goods, services and recreation opportunities now and for generations to come.”

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