Restoration Update – Van Norden Meadow

Ten years after the Truckee Donner Land Trust and partners purchased Van Norden Meadow (Yayalu Itdeh in Washoe) to save it from development, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) have completed major construction on the project to restore the meadow.

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What To Do About Daguerre Point Dam? 

The Daguerre Point Dam was built in 1906 by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent the flow of debris from upstream mining operations into the Feather and Sacramento Rivers. read more >>

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The California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force’s Science Advisory Panel invites you to participate in a survey.

The California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force’s Science Advisory Panel invites you to participate in a survey to understand stakeholder perspectives on improving forest health and community resilience to wildfire in the Sierra-Cascade-Inyo region.

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Sedge and Native Seed Collection Workshop: July 28-29

On July 28 and 29, 2022, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and the US Forest Service will host a Sedge ID and Native Seed Collection Workshop in Van Norden meadow. All are welcome to attend either or both days!

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Lower Long Bar Restoration Project: Groundbreaking!

We’ve broken ground on our Lower Long Bar Restoration project!

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Update: Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project 

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) was awarded $3.746 million from the Wildlife Conservation Board’s Forest Conservation grant program to implement Phase One of restoration of Van Norden Meadow (Yayalu Itdeh in Washoe) in partnership with Tahoe National Forest (TNF).

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Aspen on the Landscape

Here on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, quaking aspen exists as a minor element of the forest in terms of acreage, making up only 1% of the forest and within the Yuba River watershed, aspen trees are mostly found within the headwaters. However, aspen trees provide an outsized role in terms of landscape resilience, biodiversity, and human enrichment. By looking to the aspen stands in the Yuba River watershed and where they are present, we can learn more about our home watershed’s natural history.

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Protect the Yuba River Canyon from Wildfires

This year’s lack of precipitation has already led to multiple red flag warnings in our area as well as the surrounding areas. Officials are particularly concerned about fires in and around the South Yuba River corridor due to the remote location and limited cellular communication available. Both of these factors could result in a small fire growing to become a significant and devastating incident.

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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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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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