On March 7th, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board approved $5.2 million in Proposition 84 grant awards to assist Sierra ranchers and farmers in 18 counties with conservation measures designed to protect California’s most important watersheds. The Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council (SCFSWC) is the recipient of a portion of these funds and plans to begin implementing its Upper Long Valley Creek Agricultural Lands Improvement Project in 2013. Regine Miller, Watershed Coordinator for the SCFSWC, travelled to Sacramento to attend the
meeting and express the organization’s gratitude for the funding and its wish to develop a strong working relationship with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
The SCFSWC’s project entails chemically and mechanically treating noxious weeds throughout 6,933 acres and 6.5 linear miles of stream channel within a complex private and public ranching lands in the upper Long Valley Creek watershed located in far eastern Sierra County just west of Bordertown, Nevada. The purpose of the project is to protect and restore vegetative resources, improve riparian and associated upland habitats, and contribute to the regional economy through better habitat quality that enables production of sustainable ranching products. The project also aims to protect the upper watershed from the further introduction and spread of noxious weeds and associated habitat degradation. As part of this project, the SCFSWC will hold annual workshops for participating landowners, project partners and project supporters focused on noxious weed management, prevention, and control. For additional information regarding this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.