Rural communities in the Sierra Nevada face a unique set of challenges. Many struggle with economic diversification and job creation as opportunities associated with mining and timber production have declined. Tourism, recreation, and working landscapes remain the foundation of local economies. In this context, we have seen the devastation that a large, damaging wildfire can wreak on the citizens, communities, and natural resources of the Region. Economically, many Sierra Nevada communities are ill equipped to deal with the loss of business, infrastructure, and other major disruptions these events create.
To bring the Sierra Nevada Region to holistic health, local communities must be empowered to address urgent needs, plan for the future, and envision new tools and partnerships. Investments in emerging infrastructure and workforce development programs around sustainable forest management, including a distributed network of biomass energy production facilities co-located with wood products campuses, are particularly promising.
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Regional Challenges, State Priorities
Sierra Nevada forests are unhealthy, vulnerable to damaging wildfires and an accelerating climate crisis. Local communities and economies are at risk. And it’s not just the Sierra Nevada, California’s water security, outdoor access, biodiversity, and climate leadership all depend upon healthy, resilient Sierra forests.
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