The Sierra Nevada
Watershed Improvement Program
Restoring forests, protecting communities, and creating resilience in California’s primary watershed
We held our annual WIP Summit on March 6, 2019.
The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) is a large-scale restoration program designed to restore the health of California’s primary watershed and create resilient Sierra Nevada Communities. The WIP’s holistic approach is based on five goals:
Healthy Watersheds and Forests
Restore and protect the ecological health and resilience of watersheds and forests within the Sierra Nevada Region.
Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities
Increase the environmental, economic, and social resilience of Sierra Nevada communities.
Vibrant Recreation and Tourism
Enhance, promote, and develop sustainable recreation and tourism opportunities in the Sierra Nevada Region.
Strategic Lands Conserved
Permanently protect high-benefit lands that are threatened with conversion, represent unique natural characteristics, or are critical for resilience to climate change.
Impactful Regional Identity
Elevated statewide recognition of the value and benefits the Sierra Nevada provides and increased integration of the importance of the Sierra Nevada into state policy and funding decisions.
THE WIP MODEL
Built on three pillars, the WIP represents a dramatic shift in how California works to protect and restore forests, watersheds, and communities in the Sierra Nevada Region. The WIP is working to increase the pace and scale of restoration in the Sierra Nevada through:
Increasing and coordinating investment in the Region from a broad array of stakeholders.
Identifying and resolving policy-related issues in order to restore Sierra forests, watersheds, and communities to a healthier state.
Expanding infrastructure, in terms of both facilities and workforce capacity, that is needed to support restoration work.
THE TAHOE-CENTRAL SIERRA INITIATIVE
Innovation in Restoration
The Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) is the first pilot effort under the WIP that is testing a variety of new ways of doing business to create resilient forests and watersheds. The TCSI brings together innovative approaches that aim to increase the pace and scale of restoration work across the watersheds of the Central Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe areas.
The challenges facing the Sierra Nevada Region demand agility and adaptation. The WIP was launched in 2015 and signed into law in 2018 to meet these challenges head on.