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Report Offers New Management Strategies for Sierra Nevada Forests

Photo of Snapshot : Concrete examples of science-based strategies are a hit with managers and stakeholders

Principal Investigators(s) :
North, Malcolm P. 
Research Location : Sierra Nevada
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 115


It is typical for managers to resist new land-management practices because they think that the changes are too difficult, too costly, or too time consuming to implement. A set of examples and discussions presented in a Forest Service report An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Sierran Mixed-Conifer Forests offers managers concrete examples of how to implement new science-based management strategies with stakeholder involvement.

The report, which clarifies land-management concepts and summarizes recent relevant science, is endorsed by a diverse array of stakeholders. As a result of positive reception to the report, the pace and scale of forest treatments using the new methods has picked up. Examples presented in the report are from ongoing, successful projects throughout the Sierra Nevada. Summaries of recent science in the fields of climate change, bark beetles, fire and fuels, and sensitive species habitat provide strong scientific support for these new management practices.

The 26 authors who contributed information to the report include Forest Service scientists and managers, scientists from the University of California at Berkeley and Davis, California State University Sacramento, the U.S. Geological Survey, and a private stakeholder.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • University of California Berkeley and Davis, California State University Sacramento, USGS