Aspen Regeneration in Pierce Wetland

With funding from the USFS Resource Advisory Committee, in partnership with Tahoe National Forest, SYRCL with a volunteer crew treated half an acre of aspen habitat at Pierce Wetland by removing about one hundred of conifers in 2012. Aspen stands in the Sierra Nevada are in decline. After a century of fire suppression and grazing pressure, high elevation aspen populations are seriously threatened by conifer encroachment. Restoring aspen stands is a critical strategy of the US Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Southwest Region. Without treatment, these iconic high elevation aspen systems will continue to be replaced by conifer forests resulting in a loss of critical habitat for a diversity of wildlife, plants, and rare species.

Funding: 
SourceContributionStatus
Resource Advisory Committee$4,075Complete
The National Forest Foundation$14,976.16In Progress
Time frame: 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Status: 
Closed Grant with remaining efforts to be completed through funding from the National Forest Foundation
Needs: 
Continued aspen regeneration efforts
Project participants: 
EntityRole
SYRCLProject Organizer
Tahoe National ForestPartner
Resource Advisory CommitteeFunder
National Forest FoundationFunder
Coordinates: 
POINT (-120.594667 39.339872)
Sub-basin: 
Habitat type: 
Riparian zone
Land ownership: 
Tahoe National Forest
Objectives: 

See project description

Performance measures: 
Number of conifers with less than or equal to 10"dbh (diameter breast height) removed. Number of volunteers trained and educated.
Species targeted for protection: 
Common NameScientific Name
Quaking AspenPopulus tremuloides
Species targeted for eradication: 
Common NameScientific Name
All Conifers 10"dbh or less
Species introduced during restoration: 
Scientific NameCommon Name
Project methods: 

Using help from volunteers, SYRCL used hand tools to remove encroaching conifers that were equal to or less than 10"dbh.

Post-project monitoring: 
Pre and post photographs were taken of the project site. With continued funding from The National Forest Foundation, the photo points will be revisited and retaken as time progresses.
Contact info: 

Gary Reedy, River Science Director
Gary@syrcl.org
530-265-5961 ext 208

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