Thanks to a multi-year contract from the National Forest Foundation, SYRCL’s restoration team will remove more than 160-acres of Scotch and French broom from the North Yuba sub-watershed on Tahoe National Forest lands. This project is in addition to SYRCL’s ongoing invasive removal efforts with the Tahoe National Forest.
Once invasive plants have rooted, they have high potential for spreading, particularly following disturbance events, such as wildfire. Driving out resilient climate-adapted native plants changes habitat conditions, vegetation composition, and can increase wildfire vulnerability. By removing invasive plants then applying prescribed fire, ecological process is restored and native species are more likely to regenerate. Some areas of this project will follow that sequence. Once our team has removed the plants, the National Forest Foundation and Tahoe National Forest will manage prescribed fire on the land.