Watershed Restoration

In addition to our restoration work in the in the lower Yuba and mountain meadows, we conduct hands-on restoration activities directed at enhancing our entire watershed. Please click on the following links to learn more.

Not all introduced species are invasive. A non-native species becomes invasive when it begins to dominate native habitats and out competes other native species. Invasive species are of particular concern to the Yuba watershed because they negatively impact the ecosystem, degrade habitats that are important to fish and wildlife, and increase fire danger. SYRCL, with the assistance of dedicated volunteers, works to document the extent of specific invasive species across our watershed and has adopted areas to remove Scotchbroom, Himalayan blackberry, periwinkle (Vinca sp.), and English ivy in riparian areas within the Yuba watershed. Read more

Sierra aspen are hot spots for biodiversity, provide critical habitat for native birds and are known for their beautiful fall color and the fluttering of their leaves on warm summer days. As SYRCL continues to work with the Tahoe National Forest on developing comprehensive meadow restoration plans, we focus on hands-on restoration activities directed at the enhancement of Sierra aspen stands by removing encroaching conifers. With altered fire regimes and hydrology, and a changing climate, conifers have begun to intrude on aspen stands and are outcompeting aspen for sunlight and water. Unfortunately, more than 96% of historic aspen stands have been lost due to fire suppression, conifer encroachment and other factors. SYRCL has completed several aspen regeneration projects and continues this work in the meadows of the Yuba watershed. Read more