The objective of this program is to assess and restore ecosystems of the forests, meadows, and rivers impacted by the Gold Rush through projects that deploy and demonstrate multiple benefits such as improving water quality, water storage and ecosystem resiliency in the region especially in light of predicted climate change impacts on the Sierra Nevada.
It is critical to understand the origins of disturbance in the Sierra. Only then can targeted acts of restoration demonstrate effective ways to promote resiliency in a dynamic ecosystem. We can use this combined knowledge of the greater footprint and resulting action to help the headwaters of our state withstand the ongoing pressures of climate change. TSF’s program for improving ecosystem resiliency relies on scientifically rigorous assessment strategies to understand and document threats to resiliency and the impact of proposed restoration strategies on the whole system. The Sierra Fund has developed several pilot projects that address different elements of mine impacted landscapes. We will continue to build on these projects over the next five years to achieve our strategic goals.