The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest recorded wildfire in the history of the Sierra Nevada. 257,314 acres of grass-oak woodlands, chaparral, Ponderosa Pine, and mixed conifer forests burned over the course of three months, with more than 90,000 acres being burned at a high severity. In all, 98% of the burn area was within the Tuolumne Watershed. To address this, the Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions (YSS) forest collaborative negotiated a common-ground reforestation plan with support from a diverse group of stakeholders, which was adopted by the Stanislaus National Forest. This reforestation plan was designed to restore a forest mosaic to the landscape, creating habitat, protecting water quality, and ensuring the continued existence of a vibrant and thriving landscape.
The Rim Fire Reforestation project is designed to return mixed conifer forests to the natural landscape, thereby protecting water quality and reestablishing habitat for native species. Due to the scalable nature of this project, up to 6,434 acres of will be replanted using an array of treatments to create a healthy landscape mosaic, ensuring connectivity, heterogeneity, and sustainability within this ecosystem.
By restoring a mixed conifer mosaic to the landscape, habitat will be restored and connectivity will be increased for native species. This project is designed to create both an Old Forest and an Open Canopy mosaic, ensuring resiliency and sustained habitat for an array of key wildlife species.
County of Tuolumne