GET INVOLVED! Aspen Regeneration at Loney Meadow this Saturday

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Join SYRCL for another great restoration opportunity and a chance meet new people and work outside in a beautiful place through funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy!

Claire Ellwanger smiles in gratitude after removing a conifer from an aspen stand.

Aspen groves are in extreme decline from conifer encroachment due to changes in natural fire and hydrologic regimes—this ecosystem needs our assistance to remain healthy. To learn more, listen to NPR’s recent report on “Fighting Fire with Fire,” which talks about a similar aspen regeneration project by conifer removal. But you can help! Come out with us to learn about and help restore aspen tree habitat, one of the Sierra Nevada’s biodiversity hotspots.

  • When: July 27th, August 10th & 24th
  • Where: Loney Meadow
  • RSVP: Please contact Adele Rife, SYRCL Restoration Coordinator at adele@syrcl.org or (530) 265-5961 ext. 218.

The restoration days will include carpooling to Loney Meadow, learning about the importance of aspen groves and meadows, and a few hours of conifer removal.  Training and natural interpretation will be provided by a Tahoe National Forest representative.  Aspen regeneration is a priority action that supports broader efforts to restore the health of mountain meadows in the Yuba Watershed, which are important natural sources of clean water for the Yuba River. To learn more, view a video about our past aspen regeneration work created by SYRCL volunteer, Tony Loro. More information about restoring mountain meadows can be found on our restoration page.

11 SYRCL volunteers at Loney Meadow in front of a pile of removed conifers

Our next work date is this Saturday, July 27th and we need volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Adele to RSVP with the date that you would like to come volunteer. You can reach Adele by email, adele@syrcl.org, or by phone, (530) 265-5961 ext.218. Two weekends ago, we kicked off our first aspen regeneration work day of the season, and it was a great success. Thank you to the 11 volunteers that worked hard to help save our aspen.

“I look forward to the aspen-meadow projects every year.   You get to hike a bit, hang out with–and meet–friendly folk.  You get to do some good work in beautiful country.  Why would I not want to be part of this?  Maybe you should too.” states Jim Wofford, SYRCL volunteer.

Meadows are fascinating and vital ecosystems – come learn about them and help restore!

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