Northern California Forests and Watersheds
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to restore and enhance National Forests and watersheds affected by wildfires within Northern California. The Northern California Forests and Watersheds program will administer an initial $6 million in grants to projects that increase wildfire resiliency for Northern California National Forests and associated watersheds.
In California, 11 of the state’s largest 20 wildfires have occurred within the last 10 years. The threat of unnatural wildfire has increased due to decades of fire suppression activities, recent droughts, insect infestations, and challenges from increased human activities on the forest.
Although the ecosystems of northern California have evolved to be well adapted to fire, the stressors associated with recent increases in frequency and intensity of fires have resulted in long-term losses in habitat, ecosystem transitions, opportunities for invasive species to take hold and spread, and changes in hydrology and associated effects to sediment, nutrient fate and transport.
The Northern California Forests and Watersheds conservation priorities include but are not limited to:
- Restoration of watersheds, landscapes, meadows, riparian, and other habitats
- Aquatic organism and fish passage enhancements
- Native species restoration and non-native species control
- Fuels management
- Recreational use management of trails, roads and campsites that may have a deleterious impact on natural resources