Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program

Here’s an topic worth discussing: “Critical Ecosystem In Danger, California’s Primary Water Supply at Risk.”

“Today the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS), announced the launch of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP). The WIP is a coordinated, integrated, collaborative program to restore the health of California’s primary watershed through increased investment and needed policy changes.”

Sounds grand, but the need to harvest timber to accomplish those goals will gum up the works. Or will it?

 

3 Comments

  1. “Policy changes.” I wonder what that means. That can be an interesting process – not known for being speedy. Could it have anything to do with forest plans and pending revisions?

    • My guess would be major changes to the Sierra Nevada Framework Plan, which covers the entire Sierra Nevada. Remember, the last time they amended the SNFP, it took 4 years! Of course, there will be the inevitable lawsuits against it, from the serial litigators. Will we do without thinning for that extended time? Probably not, as submerchantable “Service Contract” treatments can be brought together pretty quickly, at a very high cost to the taxpayers.

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