Parking: The Why Behind the Fine 

Parking outside of designated parking spots can lead to some dire consequences at the river. The threat of a $162 fine is not the primary reason people should park responsibly. Safety is.

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Wildfire and the Yuba River Canyon

This year’s wildfire danger is extremely high. Learn about some of the contributing factors, how to stay safe, and what SYRCL is doing to help mitigate danger in the future.

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A Look at Fire Adapted Ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada

Forests of the Sierra Nevada have evolved with fire, as is evident in Sierran tree species characteristics, landscape scale fire histories, and the cultural history of these forests. Now, these same forests face the consequences of over a century of fire suppression that has resulted in a buildup of fuels and, in the worst cases, high-intensity wildfires that burn tens of thousands of acres. With great effort, decision-makers and stewards of the land are working to restore fire to the landscape in a way that supports fire resilient ecosystems and reduces the risk of high-intensity wildfire. Details

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SYRCL Receives Support to Build Forest Resilience & Assess Wildfire Impacts

SYRCL’s Watershed Science team is involved in efforts to foster forest resiliency to prevent future high-intensity forest fires and to catalogue the impacts of fire suppression techniques. This work is done in collaboration with many incredible partners, including volunteers as well as local, regional, and national organizations. In this article, we highlight recent support SYRCL has received for this important work. Details

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Asking for Action: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Letter to Biden & Harris

On January 14th, SYRCL released its annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival action letter. The action, which asserts that the Climate Crisis is a California water crisis, asked the incoming Biden Administration to declare a climate emergency during their first 100 days in office. Details

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California State Parks Foundation Awards $135,000 in Grants in Response to California Wildfires

California State Parks Foundation announced today that it has awarded $135,000 in grants to 15 parks and park partners to help parks recover from the devastating 2020 wildfires. Details

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Post-Jones Fire: First Flush Evaluation

In August 2020, the Jones Fire ignited in the South Yuba River canyon and burned 705 acres along Rush Creek, a tributary to our Wild and Scenic South Yuba River. Anticipating that fire retardant used to contain the fire would make its way into Rush Creek and the South Yuba, SYRCL conducted first flush storm sampling during rain events in November to examine potential impacts. Details

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Make a Map, Unite the Yuba

The Stakeholder Mapping Project is an accessible, online, interactive map series of forest health and fuel treatment projects within the Yuba watershed and Nevada County from the past 15 years. With just a few clicks, learn project details, search your home address, and share or print a quality map. Details

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North Yuba Forest Partnership receives $1.13 million for Forest Health & Wildfire Resilience Projects in the Yuba Watershed

SYRCL is one of the North Yuba Forest Partnership’s leading organizations for restoration planning and project management across 275,000 acres of the North Yuba River watershed. This funding enables the Partnership to conduct botany, hydrology, and cultural resources surveys. Details

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Fire and Water on the Yuba

This past August, our community and watershed faced a challenge we all knew was likely but hoped would never happen; the Jones Fire burned in the South Yuba River canyon, destroying 21 homes and structures. When the smoke cleared, we were left with a new landscape. Details

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