Volunteer works to replant native trees in the highest intensity burn areas. Photo: National Forest Foundation
In 2013, the 257,000-acre Rim Fire caused widespread damage to the region’s forests and ecosystem. Recovery from this disaster is expected to require large-scale efforts over a period of many years, if not decades.
Working under the leadership of the Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions stakeholder group, the Tuolumne River Trust and the Stanislaus National Forest have partnered to utilize community-based volunteer efforts to begin addressing the many adverse environmental and economic impacts caused by this fire.
With funding provided from the National Forest Foundation, the Tuolumne River Trust recruited volunteers from a variety of organizations across the country. The volunteers worked alongside local schools and community groups to restore more than 300 acres of burned forest.
Over 1,500 volunteers provided nearly 20,000 hours of service working on several large-scale restoration projects, including the planting of more than 56,000 native trees in high-severity burn areas that were the most adversely impacted by this megafire. Tuolumne River Trust also provided forest health educational presentations to more than 2,300 local students.
The Cohesive Strategy strongly encourages this type of community engagement, education and collaborative progress! More here.