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

The Sierra Fund is at the forefront of the process-based restoration (PBR) movement in the Sierra Nevada.

We are co-leaders, serving on steering committees, for the California Process Based Restoration Network and the Sierra Meadows Partnership. These networks are building a broad coalition of restoration practitioners and ensuring they have the tools, resources, and protocols to implement successful ecosystem restoration, benefitting the Sierra Nevada and California and Nevada that depend on our region for clean water, clean air, diverse wildlife, prime recreation, and healthy forests.  The Sierra Fund participates, facilitates, and co-leads projects to benefit these networks, in recognition that to scale up effective Sierra restoration and increase the pace of this work it takes many organizations and many leaders.

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 with a shared mission to promote and advance process-based restoration in California. Process-based restoration is a low-cost, minimally intrusive, and highly effective method of restoring ecosystems, that partners with nature to recover ecological health. It re-establishes the processes that sustain ecosystems. This restoration approach involves ongoing stewardship and is not a one-and-done approach. Process-based restoration can increase the capacity of watersheds to deliver clean cool water, support numerous niche habitats for threatened species, respond well to natural fire regimes, and adapt to climate change.

As part of the network TSF has helped lead the annual “Build Like a Beaver” Trainings. These hands-on multi-day trainings feature process-based approaches to restore degraded wetland ecosystems to retain water, support biodiversity, create fire resilience, and adapt to climate change. Building beaver dam analogs and replanting vegetation helped prepare the site for the State’s first beaver relocation project.

As part of the network, TSF founded a Hydraulic Mine PBR workgroup. Using process-based restoration techniques and design philosophy on mine-impacted lands is new and innovative. This approach restores the natural processes that sustain the abandoned mine site’s resiliency, rebuilding soil health, and reducing erosive processes for improved water quality. The goal of the workgroup is to share information on hydraulic mine-impacted lands, restoration techniques, funding resources, measures of success, and how to attract more people to this work for a more integrated approach to forest health.

Sierra Meadows Partnership – Restoring over 10K Acres and Growing!

The Sierra Meadows Partnership (SMP) was formed to foster expansion of and more effective collaboration among partners currently engaged in meadow conservation 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 been critical in advancing the restoration of approximately 10,000 acres of montane meadow to date. The Sierra Fund has been a member of the Sierra Meadows Partnership since 2017. TSF helped develop, as part of the Sierra Meadows Wetland Advisory Council (SM-WAC), protocols for a Sierra Meadows Wetland Rapid Assessment Monitoring Program (SM-WRAMP) and has led several trainings on the protocols to train meadow restoration practitioners on best practices for monitoring meadow restoration effectiveness. By having standard monitoring protocols, we are helping to build a regional dataset for quantifying the benefits of meadow restoration.