Protecting the Sierras through Collaborative Land Management
An unprecedented tree mortality event in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California has left vast expanses of land littered with dead tree stands. Concern that this event may lead to catastrophic fire, ecological damage, and socio-economic instability has been raised by authorities, private land-owners, and local residents.
Collaborative efforts are needed to address this issue, and utilizing vegetative land management strategies is crucial to addressing the fallout from the tree mortality event. Understanding the impacts, costs, and potential incentivization schema for these various land management strategies will provide landowners in the Southern Sierras the tools and information needed to be effective stewards to the forest that they live in.