November 2nd and 3rd
Rural County Representatives of California
1215 K Street, Suite 1650
More details and an agenda will be posted soon.
Day 1 will feature updates from Collaboratives in attendance, as well as discussions around integrating the latest science into landscape-scale forest restoration, forest planning, and engaging diverse stakeholders. On Day 2, participants will have an opportunity to work through a scenario-based exercise to develop new strategies that build upon recent innovation in policy and legislative authority to accelerate forest restoration and hear from state and federal agencies on future opportunities.
Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided both days, and a networking reception is planned for the evening of Nov. 2.
The Sierra Institute’s Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) project is the mechanism for collaboration between collaborative groups working on landscape-scale forest restoration and community improvement across California. This project developed out of Sierra Institute’s broader work at the intersection of forest management and rural community well-being. By promoting successful collaboration at the community-level, the SCALE project promotes work on the ground that restores forest resilience, supports local economies, and builds strong communities.
Through the SCALE project, the Sierra Institute facilitates a peer-learning network among forest collaboratives by convening bi-annual meetings designed to share key lessons learned by each of the collaboratives, building the capacity of collaboratives by promoting awareness of key state and federal policies, funding, and authorities, and collectively identifying strategies to achieve landscape-scale, cross-boundary restoration of healthy, resilient forests.
The Sierra Institute also works with the USFS Pacific Southwest Region, individual collaboratives, and other partners to address key barriers through the development of systematic solutions, such as work to identify and promote contracting mechanisms that enable restoration work to benefit local economies.
As collaboration continues to gain traction across the West, the SCALE project provides support for collaboratives as they navigate social, political, and environmental changes. For example, although in many cases collaboratives are supported through federal programs, such as the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) or the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, uncertainty over the future of these programs necessitates an adaptive approach to ensure ecological and community benefits over the long-term. We work with groups to navigate social and political challenges such as these, while at the same time helping groups identify strategies to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration.
- Burney-Hat Creek Community Forest and Watershed Group
- Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group
- Dinkey Creek Landscape Restoration partnership
- Trinity County Collaborative
- South Fork American River Cohesive Strategy Project
- Western Klamath Restoration Partnership
- Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership
- Firescape Mendocino
- Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions
- Forest First Partnership
- Alpine Biomass Committee
- South Lassen Watersheds Group