The Alpine Biomass Committee (ABC) and Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) are combining their regularly scheduled meetings in July, bringing together a larger audience to discuss the West Fork of the Carson River watershed. There are a number of entities working on forest and watershed and this will be an opportunity to further collaboration. Some of the familiar areas of the West Carson Watershed include Hope Valley, Charity Valley, Faith Valley, Blue Lakes, and Burnside Lake. The Forest Service (Carson Ranger District) is working towards a larger landscape view for the restoration activities that take place on the district. The USFS goal is to integrate their past, present, and future activities to develop restoration actions addressing all resources in a multiple use approach. With that goal in mind, the USFS West Carson River Watershed Restoration project will provide for wildlife habitat, forest health, watershed improvements, fuels reduction, and improved recreation uses. Similarly, U.S. EPA and Lahontan Water Board have named the West Carson a “Vision Priority” river which allows a new approach to watershed planning. Many other partners such as Friends of Hope Valley, American Rivers, The Washoe Tribe, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Carson River Subconservancy District, Bureau of Land Management, and the Alpine Watershed Group have small and large projects in the watershed. We look forward to project updates and discussions in order to cooperatively address the many goals and objectives in the West Carson watershed.
After the joint meeting the ABC will have a short organizational meeting that will include deciding on whether to apply for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, and what to do about funding going forward.
The July meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 11th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.
The Alpine Biomass Committee is supported by a grant from the National Forest Foundation with funds coming from Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service. This organization is an equal opportunity provider.