California - Moonlight Fire Replanting

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Forest fire restoration – The areas planted under this project were burnt at high-severity during the 2007 Moonlight Fire (65,000 acres).

This is a multi year project that will restore forests that were lost as a result of this fire.

  • Watershed/riparian restoration – Planting in areas that burnt at high-severity will stabilize soils over time, benefitting the water quality in the watershed. Other aspects of the project, such as road decommissioning and thinning of forested stands in the area that did not burn at high-severity, will also increase watershed health through increased water quantity and quality. Soil stability and erosion control – As stated above, plantings will stabilize soils over time - decreasing erosion.

  • Social/Community Impact – The increased water quality as a result of this project will have a great impact on the local and regional communities as the water from the project area is used for agricultural irrigation, drinking water across that state of California, and hydro-electric power production. The project area is also popular with outdoor recreationists, and through restoration of the area more visitors will benefit the local economy.

  • Biodiversity/Habitats – The large areas within the project that burned at high-severity have been converted into shrub-land due to the Moonlight Fire. Though shrub-land is a valuable habitat, the conversion from forested areas to shrub-land at a landscape scale creates barriers for species that need connectivity in forest habitats. This project strategically creates bridges of forested land across this converted shrub-land habitat Climate stability – Forests are one of the world’s largest carbon-sinks. With the reforestation completed through this project the amount of carbon sequestration in the coming decades is anticipated to have a significant positive effect to climate stabilization – as compared to the relatively minor amount of carbon sequestered in the shrub-land that has replaced forests post-fire.