In an announcement yesterday, State and Federal Agencies formally recognized the importance of conserving and restoring the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade Headwaters, affirming CalTrout’s work in these critical watersheds. The Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters provides 25 million Californians with drinking water and much of the water for irrigated agriculture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys.
For the past several years, CalTrout has embarked on a portfolio of projects centered on restoring the health and vitality of the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. From influencing forest planning and policy, to prioritizing restoration projects for Sierra Headwater areas, to enhancing resilience to climate change and building regional partnerships, CalTrout is working to leverage scarce resources to benefit California’s fish, water supplies and communities.
Agricultural Secretary Vilsack states in the USDA press release,
As several years of historic drought continue to plague parts of the Western United States, there is a significant opportunity and responsibility across federal, state and private lands to protect and improve the landscapes that generate our most critical water supplies. Healthy forests and meadows play a key role in ensuring water quality, yield and reliability throughout the year. Looking beyond this particular drought, resources announced today will help us add resiliency to natural resource systems to cope with recurring drought and changing climate patterns.
You can read about CalTrout’s Sierra Meadows Research and Restoration Partnership and our work to restore Sierra Headwaters meadows and sequester greenhouse gases in the summer issue of The Current.