The Sierra Fund (TSF) made a huge impact in 2022!
A few highlights:
- We advanced innovative work remediating hydraulic mines while thinning forests to prevent catastrophic fire and storing carbon. This project uses biochar made from thinned trees to restore soil health and sequester carbon! And best of all, this biochar application reduces the old mine site’s runoff of mercury, so it won’t enter our streams and rivers. Talk about a MULTI benefit approach!
- Partnered with tribes to advance their projects. We partnered with California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, the nonprofit of the Nevada City Nisenan Tribe, in building a section of the Tribute Trail, did a meadow restoration with Maidu Summit Consortium in Plumas County and secured half a million dollars in grants for CHIRP and the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe (Maidu/Miwok) to support their awesome vision for water access and forest health on their lands.
- Advocated in the legislature for increased investment in smart solutions to address wildfire such as more money for controlled burn training programs, better state insurance coverage for controlled burns, and overall, more resources to increase the pace and scale of responsible and interdisciplinary forest health work.