The Sierra Fund’s Ecosystem Resiliency Program (ERP) employs cutting-edge replicable approaches to assess and restore headwater forests, meadows, and rivers devastated by the 19th century Gold Rush. The Sierra Fund’s projects demonstrate that achieving multiple benefits including improved water quality, water quantity, and carbon storage is not only possible but critical in the face of predicted climate change impacts on the Sierra Nevada region.
“It is critical to understand the origins of disturbance in the Sierra to develop effective restoration efforts in a dynamic system. Restoring resiliency in the headwaters of our state will help us to withstand the ongoing pressures of climate change and population growth. The Sierra Fund relies on scientifically rigorous assessment methods to measure the effectiveness of restoration and innovative approaches to increasing restoration opportunities across the headwaters.”Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., Program Director