Increasing native grasses in Eldorado National Forest

FOCAL REGION: Western Wildlands

FOCAL LANDSCAPE: Northern Sierra Nevada (Placerville, California)

OVERALL COST ESTIMATE: $1,460,000 (NWTF contribution: $40,000, partner contributions: $1,420,000)

  • Thin 700 acres of overpopulated national forest land by commercial timber removal and hand thinning and mulching of small shrubs and nonnative trees
  • Allow needed space between trees and shrubs to facilitate proper water drainage, soil stabilization and sunlight filtering through to the forest floor
  • Increase annual native grasses and flowering plants, and forage crucial for wild turkeys, mountain quail and the Pacific deer herd

PARTNERS: Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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