The condition of forests in the Sierra Nevada are a result of a century of mining combined with short-sighted forestry and land-use practices such as fire suppression and housing development in the wildland urban interface (WUI). Recognizing these historic conditions while building a comprehensive response to the dangerous conditions of the forests requires strategic action and a coordinated approach. The Sierra Fund’s focus on forests works to engage residents and landowners of the Sierra Nevada in programs to identify, prioritize, and access resources for forest management activities that improve ecological function and simultaneously build community resiliency.
“The risk of catastrophic wildfire in our forests is likely to increase significantly, and, without investment and action, the resilience of our forests and our communities is likely to decrease. Approaches to restoring resiliency in our forests must be two-pronged – it is not sufficient to implement fuels reduction activities as a “one-off” and then walk away. These landscapes require ongoing management and stewardship.”Carrie Monohan, Ph.D, Program Director