Working ESCCRP

About the Project

The Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project



The project sets forth to plan and implement ecological forest restoration on approximately 56,000 acres of Inyo National Forest lands surrounding the Town of Mammoth Lakes.​ In the face of rapidly increasing climate stressors, the need for proactive forest management is urgent. 

Well over a century of anthropogenic influences have reshaped the forests across the Sierra Nevada. Exacerbated further by climate change, our forests are primed for catastrophic change. The ESCCRP 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.

Project Area
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56,141 acres

The Collaborative

Stakeholder Organizations


Needs Assessment

Proposed Actions

NEPA Progress

The ESCCRP is a multi-decadal endeavor that will require sustainable funding streams to be a success. Project costs are roughly estimated to be around

ESCCRP staff and project partners are working to understand real project costs and develop a multi-pronged approach to identify sustainable funding streams to make the project a success.

$ 200 M

Funding sources:

Match Funding Pledged

$ 5.8 M

Grant Funding

$ 10 M

2021 Grant Award Announcements:








56,141 acres in Project Area

Goal to treat by 2042

2156 acres funded

70 acres treated

ESCCRP Phase 1 Implementation

2022 — 2025

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Hand Thin- 528 acres

Mechanical Thin- 748 acres

Pile Burn- 542 acres

Aspen Regen- 38 acres

Rx Fire- 300 acres

2156 acres funded

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"Funding for this project provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Forest Health Program."


1. Protect the Town of Mammoth Lakes

Protect the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Strengthen protection of the Town of Mammoth Lakes and its assets from fire by increasing the pace and scale of fuel and vegetation treatments in and around the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

2. Allow for Safe and Effective Fire Management

Allow for Safe and Effective Fire Management. Create vegetation conditions that allow for safe, effective, and efficient fire suppression, use of managed wildland fire, and application of prescribed fire, while protecting public and community health and safety.

3. Promote Community Fire Resilience

Promote Community Fire Resilience. Manage and respond to fire within its natural range of variation, in an ecologically beneficial and socially acceptable way, that perpetuates landscape heterogeneity and reduces the threat to human safety or infrastructure from catastrophic wildfire.

4. Restore Ecosystem Health and Resilience

Restore Ecosystem Health and Resilience. Reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire and other stressors through progressive and proactive forest treatments to return forest structure, function, and composition to the natural range of variation. A healthy ecosystem yields both ecological and community benefits and supports a diverse array of animal and plant species.

5. Utilize Best Available Science

Utilize Best Available Science. Implement restoration based on science, including traditional ecological knowledge, which allows for learning and adaptive management to address changing climate and other environmental stressors.


6. Create a Fire-Conscious Community

Create a Fire-Conscious Community. Increase public understanding of the role of wildland fire on the landscape, the need for proactive forest management, and an increase in pace and scale of restoration to allow fire to play its necessary role.

7. Cultivate Long-Term, Sustainable Partnerships

Cultivate Long-Term, Sustainable Partnerships. Foster a collaborative approach to landscape-scale restoration. Utilize agreements and other mechanisms to form partnerships between federal, state, local, and tribal governments as well as non-governmental organizations and private entities to accomplish fuels reduction projects on federal and other lands more efficiently.

8. Build Local Capacity

Build Local Capacity. Invest in partnerships and technology to help increase pace and scale of restoration through creative biomass and workforce solutions that contribute to a sustainable wood products market.

Project Goals
ESCCRP Grants Timeline Overview

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project

Planning Grants

Solving for Biomass

Eastern Sierra Pace & Scale Accelerator









Lakes Basin Fuels Reduction 

Implementation Grants

ESCCRP: Phase 1 Implementation 

ESCCRP Grants Funding Breakdown 

Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project (Initial Planning Grant)

Sierra Fuels Reduction Impact: Solving for Biomass Removal, Water and GHG Benefits

Eastern Sierra Pace & Scale Accelerator

Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

ESCCRP: Phase 1 Implementation 

$ 339,534

$ 205,000

$ 3,384,269

$ 1,200,000

$ 4,913,000

$ 10,041,803
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Eastern Sierra Climate & Communities Resilience Project (Initial Planning Grant)

Grant Funder

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Grant Term

May 2020

September 2022

NEPA Progress:

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Our collective effort aims to promote resilient landscapes, support fire adapted communities, and lead by example to support the Eastern Sierra on the journey to achieving regional resilience.


 Up Next

March 10, 2022 Stakeholder Meeting

Recent Happenings

Contact kelsey@whitebarkinstitute.org to be added to our stakeholder correspondence list.

Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Forest Health Program, Sierra Nevada Conservancy's Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Program, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Program. 
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