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Forest and Land Health Program

Works to reduce future impacts of wildfire as we face more frequent fire by proactively managing landscapes with coalitions of agency and community partners. This work will help our landscapes to keep providing all the ecosystem service benefits for future generations.


Eastern Sierra Climate and Communities Resilience Project (ESCCRP)

The ESCCRP is a collaborative landscape-scale forest restoration project set to reduce the risk of potential high-severity wildfire and to restore resilience to 58,000 acres of Inyo National Forest lands surrounding the Town of Mammoth Lakes by removing fuel loading through mechanical treatments and making way for us to eventually reintroduce prescribed fire back onto the landscape to  help the forest get back to its natural fire return intervals. This will help build the forest’s resilience to wildfires, diseases and pests, and droughts in the future.

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Eastern Sierra Pace and Scale Accelerator

The Whitebark Institute has been retained by the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments to conduct project management for the NEPA planning process for the Eastern Sierra Climate and Communities Resilience Project around Mammoth Lakes.

The Accelerator will:

  • Complete environmental planning for the Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project;

  • Build regional capacity to support pace and scale environmental planning needs of ESCCRP and subsequent projects of regional importance.

Funding for this project provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1, CWC § 79707).

ESCCRP communication products are made possible under an agreement with the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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