Forest

Madera Projects - Southern Sierra All Lands Recovery and Restoration Project (SSARRP) (8GG18655)

In August of 2019, Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (YSRCDC), was awarded $4.1 million in funding for the Madera Projects – Southern Sierra All Lands Recovery and Restoration Project (Madera SSARRP) which is a fuel reduction, reforestation, Lidar acquisition and planning project. Through multiple sub-projects, implemented by a diverse set of partners, Madera SSARRP takes an all-lands, landscape-scale approach to improve the administration and resilience of watersheds in the southern Sierra.

Y/SRC&DC continued project management of all aspects of 18655 including coordination of partners, reports, & meetings Project 2-4: Collection agreement updated. French Fire RFP developed, sent to contractors, & contractor selected. 240,000 seedlings planted (980 acres) Project 6: UW processed the original planned preliminary release of the lidar data from the USGS in December into lidar metrics. Under a data use agreement, we have shared these products with a number of agencies and stakeholders. UW continues to work with Cal Fire’s FRAP team and other collaborators to plan studies to analyze the drivers and results of burn severity patterns. UW continues development of tools and methods to be used to analyze the SSARR lidar data to support management activities. UW has completed a critical method to evaluate the SSARR lidar for forest studies through detection of standing tree mortality (snags). Three researchers in Dr. Kane’s lab worked to map snags with an expected completion date of early-to-mid fall. UW conducted 2 of a series of 3 online workshops to demonstrate new tools and resources for examining lidar-derived forest structure and condition. The first two workshops were held in late January (Optional SSARR Lidar Pre-Workshop: ArcGIS Online and accessing data) and Feb 3 (SSARR Lidar Workshop – Part 1). A third workshop is planned for May 12(SSARR Lidar Workshop – Part 2). Announcements for all 3 workshops have been shared widely with collaborators and stakeholders from local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations. Continued to prepare a data set to analyze the patterns and causes of the burn patterns for the 2020 Creek Fire. We have begun the processing of the lidar data and NAIP imagery to map the distribution of standing dead trees (snags) across the project area. UW continues development of tools and methods to be used to analyze the SSARR lidar data to support management activities.

Project Administration & Coordination

YSRCDC provides overall management and coordination for the sub-projects described below