Update: NYFP to Receive Funding for Forest Restoration

The North Yuba Forest Partnership is set to receive $34.8 million in federal funding to support the implementation of forest restoration treatments in the North Yuba River watershed. The treatments this funding will support, such as ecologically based thinning and prescribed fire, are designed to promote forest conditions that are more resilient, while reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and restoring watershed health and native biodiversity.

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Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO)

SYRCL is excited to announce a FREE five-day summer science expedition for local 9th-12th graders to engage in local climate action and watershed restoration efforts!

Apply for our Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) Expedition, and if you’re selected, spend a week on a fully funded research expedition studying meadows in Tahoe National Forest alongside real scientists and other students.

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Update: Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project

On April 1st, 2022, Nevada County, as a lead agency, released the Draft IS/MND CEQA Document for the Van Norden Meadow Restoration and Recreation Project, which is a project collaboration between the South Yuba River Citizens League and the Tahoe National Forest.

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Sierra Newts – Amorous Amphibians

Throughout most of the year, the brilliantly colored Sierra newt (Taricha sierrae) lives on land, hunting and eating insects, earthworms, and slugs and hiding from any potential predators in the moist soil beneath rocks and logs. In the winter and spring, however, these members of the family Salamandridae become aquatic, returning to the pond or stream where they were born in search of a good time.

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Scotch Broom: Challenged and Destroyed!

On March 30, 2022, 11 people met to tackle one of the most pervasive enemies of the watershed; scotch broom.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Cross

This month we are spotlighting one of our most dedicated citizen scientists, Diane Cross. For over two decades, Diane has been instrumental to SYRCL’s water quality protection and monitoring efforts throughout the Yuba River Watershed.

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Beavers – Ecosystem Engineers

We at SYRCL are committed to our restoration projects – both river and meadow. Do you know who else loves a good restoration project? Beavers!

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Join Us for the 2022 Scotch Broom Challenge!

Join us for this year’s Scotch broom challenge March 30th to help remove this invasive species from our watershed.

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Restoration & Redds: Findings from our 2021 Survey

Spring run chinook salmon are a threatened species on the Yuba. The restoration project at the Rose Bar project site is focused on enhancing the amount and quality of spawning habitat. Redd surveys provide quantifiable restoration results in addition to supplying an index of how the salmon population is doing.

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How willow absorb and trap mercury on the Yuba

Sometimes the restoration work we do ends up having some unexpected benefits. In this article, we explore some unplanned positive outcomes of our lower Yuba River restoration projects.

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