The North Yuba Watershed in the Tahoe National Forest is a special and ecologically important place. Unfortunately, like much of the planet, this landscape is facing increasing threats to the community, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.
But, this is the story of collaborative success in a complex area and how a group of nine organizations — the North Yuba Forest Partnership — effectively increased the pace and scale of the watershed’s resilience. Together, the partners worked on an unprecedented scale to collaboratively plan, analyze, finance (raising over $150M so far!), and implement forest restoration across 275,000 acres of the watershed. Being part of this collaborative planning process informed the creation of Vibrant Planet’s platform.
Watch the below video series to learn how the North Yuba Watershed team achieved multi-jurisdictional planning success and how your organization and partners can too.
The North Yuba Watershed is a spectacular landscape with welcoming communities, biodiversity, freshwater, and recreation — and it also faces high wildfire risk. In this video series, we’ll learn how the North Yuba Forest Partnership developed a wildfire resilience plan and secured millions in federal funding for this vital watershed.
In our upcoming episodes, we’ll use the North Yuba Watershed as an example to understand the complexities of wildfire and forest resilience planning.
Meet the people and organizations that make up the North Yuba Forest Partnership who developed a plan to restore resilience to the forested watershed while also protecting local communities from high wildfire risk. Learn about their effort and two techniques this inspiring group has utilized to plan for resilience.
There are simply not enough resources or time to treat every square inch of a large at-risk area. See how the Partnership efficiently assessed the large, North Yuba landscape for wildfire risk and potential mitigation treatment.
All forested landscapes are full of ‘features’ that have societal value: homes, streams, recreational trails, and utility infrastructure. Learn how the North Yuba Forest Partnership organized and appraised these ‘features’ also known as Strategic Areas, Resources, and Assets.
How do we determine wildfire risk to a watershed? How is this risk mitigated? See how the Partnership used a fire hazard model to determine risk…and the likely impact of treatment options to prioritize the best treatment options to mitigate that risk.
Planning forest resilience treatments like prescribed fire or ecological thinning helps predict the avoided loss of resources and assets to a wildfire. But, these treatments can have ecological benefits as well. Learn how the Partnership prioritized treatment options by balancing avoided loss and ecological benefit.
When it comes to wildlife and forest resilience planning, assessing tradeoffs can be a real challenge. The Partnership leveraged the Restorative Return of Investment (RROI) model, which helps quantify avoided loss and ecological consequences of treatment. This tool can identify the highest priority areas for treatments.
For large landscapes with diverse partners and priorities, like the North Yuba Watershed, one more tool helped the Partnership with the immense project area. Learn about the ForSys Model developed by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station which groups together areas of high RROI to build a robust treatment plan.
The Partnership’s collaboration in developing a high-quality science-based plan which allowed them to quantify and communicate benefits helped to raise over $150 million in investment implementation! And they’ve launched a replicable model for communities globally.