Thriving Forests Compendium
Rapid development, a shifting economy, management debates, and years of fire suppression policy have created serious challenges to the health and well being of Sierra forests, wilderness areas, and forest communities. These challenges are the very opportunities we can embrace in order to create a new thriving forest economy while restoring a thriving ecosystem in the Sierra Nevada.
Sierra Nevada forests are true treasures. These forests are speckled with groves of Giant Sequoias, the largest trees on earth. Sierra forests have water, sun, and nutrients to allow for their rapid growth. The mosaic of Sierra forests provides recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, forest products, and valuable ecosystem services -nutrient cycling, watersheds, and carbon sequestration.
A Compendium is a concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. Accounting for the specific challenges and opportunities in the Sierra Nevada region, the Thriving Forests Compendium includes an array of sustainable forestry projects in or relevant to the Sierra Nevada.
This project will also be useful to those outside of the Sierra Nevada, and we welcome submissions from all.
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Because of the integrative nature of the projects we highlight, many of the case studies will be cross-listed under different subcategories. Contact information is posted when available.
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