French Meadows Restoration Project

French Meadows

The French Meadows Restoration Project is overcoming U.S. Forest Service staffing and funding constraints through an innovative partnership-led approach. Project partners include Placer County, Placer County Water Agency, The Nature Conservancy, American River Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced. The partnership worked together to plan, fund, and is now implementing the forest restoration project, accomplishing a faster pace and scale than the U.S. Forest Service could do on its own.

Additionally, project partners are demonstrating how ecologically-based forest thinning increases forest resilience and can reduce risk to our water supply. The results of The Nature Conservancy’s study with partners indicates modest return on investment covering 8.2-15.8% of restoration costs. Learn more via this storymap.

You can also learn about lessons from the French Meadows partnership in this publication: Restoring Forests Through Partnership.

Link to Project Website

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


U.S. Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest

Placer County Water Agency

The American River Conservancy

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, Merced

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Placer County

Tools Used:

Pyrologix Fire Behavior Modeling

Salo Sciences Post Treatment Monitoring 

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