About TCSI

TCSI partners
work together to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems and communities in the Central Sierra and Lake Tahoe Basin.”

- Memorandum of Understanding for the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative

Data Sources: Project Area – TCSI, Imagery – Esri, Roads – Caltrans, Lakes – USGS National Hydrography Dataset, Cities – USGS Geographic Names Information System

Accelerating Forest Restoration Through Collaboration

Climate-amplified wildfire and drought threaten the health and resilience of forested watersheds of the Sierra Nevada. In 2017, federal, state, and private partners founded the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) to pilot innovative solutions to improve science-based forest management and restoration. The TCSI aims to restore the resilience of 2.4 million acres of Sierra Nevada forested watersheds and to act as a model for similar initiatives in other at-risk landscapes in the state. TCSI’s goal are to:

  1. Develop and implement forest health projects across the landscape. See examples on our Partners at Work page;
  2. Accelerate the administrative processes to complete these projects;
  3. Secure the necessary funding for these projects;
  4. Develop the next generation of biomass and wood-utilization facilities;
  5. Monitor forest health projects to understand our impact and continuously improve the outcomes.

The Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) aims to restore the resilience of 2.4 million acres of Sierra Nevada forested watersheds.”

Our 10-Year Strategy

Looking ahead, the TCSI partners will work from our scientific foundation and integrate with recent state and federal strategic initiatives. The partners developed the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative 10-Year Regional Plan. The plan focuses on six key strategies:
  1. Implementation - Treat overly dense forested areas, reduce forest fuels, restore areas impacted by disturbances, and protect areas that are in desired condition;
  2. Planning - Build a 10-year Project Portfolio to help develop sustainable funding streams, strategically sequence projects, and build appropriate capacity and workforce resources;
  1. Science - Support and incorporate robust science to inform management;
  2. Collaboration - Strengthen equitable partnerships and stakeholder engagement;
  3. Funding - Secure sustainable funding;
  4. Local Investment - Improve workforce capacity, local economies, and efficiency.

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