EASTERN SIERRA CLIMATE & COMMUNITIES RESILIENCE PROJECT
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project sets forth to plan for ecological forest restoration on approximately 55,000 acres of Inyo National Forest lands surrounding the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
Well over a century of anthropogenic influences have reshaped the forests across Sierra Nevada. Exacerbated further by climate change, our forests are primed for catastrophic change. This project aims to intercept the current trajectory of our Eastside forests, and return them to more historic densities, a critical step toward ultimately allowing us to return to using fire as a tool for forest health. This effort will work to make the forested landscapes we love, more resilient to anticipated future threats from climate change which include, high severity fire, extended drought, mass beetle outbreaks and changes in precipitation timing and amounts. These actions will also work to safeguard the Town of Mammoth Lakes from catastrophic fire events and give emergency firefighting forces tactical options as they continue to encounter increasingly challenging and complex fire scenarios.