This past week the California Tahoe Conservancy and U.S.D.A Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on behalf of the Lake Tahoe Basin, submitted a one-page $14 million forest management capacity request as part of Governor Brown’s Forest Management Task Force. Social-ecological resilience serves as the foundation for the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership, which anchored this request. Yesterday (September 21) the Governor signed the associated legislation (SB 901) which allocates $1 billion to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Strikingly, most areas of the state, while they may have some regional collaborative groups, do not have strong enough coordination to develop an interagency capacity request that covers their entire geography. We were able to get ahead of the curve by negotiating the capacity request, and presenting a straightforward, compelling example for other areas to consider and adapt to their own needs. While terse, significant deliberation and analysis went into the submission. You can download the request by clicking here.
This coming Monday we’re going to start working with our partners in the larger, encompassing 2.4 million-acre Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (which includes three National Forests) to develop a complementary request based on the Basin’s model. Over the past year we’ve successfully competed for $35 million in grants, which is a great start but not in itself sufficient to restore forest resilience at the scale of multiple landscapes.
How have you developed interagency requests to increase the capacity for restoring landscape resilience?