Protecting the Sierras through Collaborative Land Management
The tree mortality event shed light on the vulnerability of communities in and around national forests to severe wildfire events that can be exacerbated by antiquated forest management strategies. Collaborative efforts that make use of more current vegetation management strategies and technologies are needed to address the issues surrounding this vulnerability. By providing private landowners in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains with information and tools that explain the impacts, costs, and benefits of various land management practices they may become more powerful in the conversation surrounding forest stewardship.
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.