Dinkey Collaborative Project
October 21, 2013
February 2, 2012
The USDA announced today that funding for the Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project will continue in 2012. The Dinkey Project was selected in 2010 for California's first project under the 2009 Forest Landscape Restoration Act, or FLRA. This region on the Sierra National Forest, home to the rare and threatened Pacific fisher, was originally included in the contested Kings River Project. Today we are working with the Dinkey Collaborative to promote ecologically appropriate restoration within the Dinkey project area, utilizing the ecologically attuned PSW GTR-220 guidance developed by PSW research scientists Malcolm North, Peter Stine, Kevin O'Hara, William Zielinkski, and Scott Stephens and supported by Sierra Forest Legacy. This is a significant new change in direction for the agency -- change that is needed if true sustainability of forest ecosystem health is ever to be realised.
Links to the right, under "Resources," include key proposal documents.
The FLRA establishes the means to implement this new direction for national forest management. The act provides new funding for science-based, collaborative projects with a restoration priority for national forests. Title IV of the 2009 Omnibus Bill, the Forest Landscape Restoration Act establishes a fund up to $40 million annually from 2009 through 2014. Up to $4 million can be allocated for any one project and up to two projects per year for any Forest Service Region.
Read more about the FLRA, and the Collaborative Landscape Restoration Program established by Congress at this Forest Service website. You can also read a review of the collaboration project at the Udall Foundation's U.S. Institute for Conflict Resolution, here.