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$1.7 million for national forests and watersheds in Northern California

Wildfire and watershed restoration projects will benefit species including Cascades frog, willow flycatcher and Bi-State sage grouse.

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 4:29 PM

LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. - The U.S. Forest Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $1.7 million in grants to restore forests and watersheds impacted by wildfires within the Lassen National Forest and in the West Carson River watershed in Northern California.

The fund was launched in 2018 to help restore forests and watersheds impacted by wildfires. The 2005 Power Fire and the 2000 Storrie Fire burned more than 65,000 acres of national forest lands and left a significant impact on the landscapes, watersheds, and ecosystems of the region. So far 23 conservation projects have been funded at a cost of $5.6 million dollars.

The projects funded through the $1.7 million during this round of grantmaking will generate matching funds of close to $900,000, totaling approximately $2.6 million in total conservation impact, according to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The projects that support meadow restoration efforts will increase habitat for species such as the Cascades frog, California Spotted Owl, willow flycatcher, and the Bi-State sage grouse.

The projects will restore hydrology across 290 acres within priority meadows, will pay for fuels management over 175 acres, will remove invasive vegetation from watersheds, and will pay for completion of monitoring and management plans to inform future management strategies.

Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, states, "This work is critical for fish and wildlife, and provides essential technical assistance for environmental compliance requirements."

The photographs for this story show the Student Conservation Association carrying out work on the Lassen National Forest that was carried out through funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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