Co-leading Networks and Trainings to Increase the Pace and Scale of Restoration

Restoring Resilience Requires Skilled, Resourced, and Large Networks of Restoration Leaders

To restore resiliency to Sierra forests and watersheds, we need to scale up effective Sierra restoration and increase the pace of this work. This takes many tribes, organizations, local/state/federal governmental agencies, and local landowners to be involved. The Sierra Fund is a co-leader, serving on steering committees for the California Process Based Restoration Network and the Sierra Meadows Partnership. These networks are recruiting new partners and ensuring restoration practitioners have the tools, resources, and protocols to implement successful forest health and watershed restoration.

TSF with the CalBPR Network – Advancing Solutions that Partner with Nature

TSF co-hosts the statewide California Process-Based Restoration Network, a diverse collaborative of natural resource professionals working to advance process-based restoration in California. Process-based restoration is low-cost, minimizes impacts during restoration work, and is a highly effective method of restoring ecosystems that partner with nature to recover and sustain ecological health. Process-based restoration supports our forests and watersheds delivering clean cool water, providing numerous niche habitats for threatened species, responding well to natural fire regimes, and adapting to climate change. As part of the network, TSF founded a subcommittee to support hydraulic mine restoration using process-based approaches. TSF also co-leads this Network’s “Build Like a Beaver” Training series that restores meadow health.

Sierra Meadows Partnership – Restoring over 300K Acres by 2030

The Sierra Fund helped co-found in 2017 and sits on the steering committee of The Sierra Meadows Partnership (SMP), which fosters expansion of and effective collaboration to increase the pace, scale, and efficacy of meadow restoration and protection in the Sierra for the benefit of people and ecosystems. The SMP has advanced Sierra meadow restoration of approximately 10,000 acres. TSF also serves on the Sierra Meadows Wetland Advisory Council (SM-WAC) and helped this committee develop a Sierra Meadows Wetland Rapid Assessment Monitoring Program (SM-WRAMP). TSF has led several trainings on the protocols for meadow restoration practitioners to learn best practices to support building a regional dataset to quantify the benefits of meadow restoration. Today SMP has a block grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board and TSF has helped be part of the decision- team regranting funds to support multiple efforts throughout the region.