• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

Initiatives

The SSCC has generated a list of initiative ideas (see below) to provide critical knowledge, understanding, and tools regarding agents of change and potential response actions. Several of these ideas have been crafted into formal funding proposals. The "alternative fire management futures" initiatives is in progress.

Strategic Framework Goal 1: Detection and Attribution

  • Coordinated Regional Monitoring Strategies - Tree Population Dynamics and Pacific Fisher Populations

Strategic Framework Goal 2: Forecasting Future Conditions

  • Alternative Fire Management Futures (in progress)
  • Comparison & Integration of Climate Adaptation Projects

Strategic Framework Goal 3: Tools and Actions

  • Both projects under goal 2 also address goal 3
  • Kaweah Watershed Coordinated Restoration Initiative
  • Enabling forest restoration goals via ecologically managed biomass generation, a cost-benefit analysis

Strategic Framework Goal 4: Communication

  • Information Clearinghouse for Shared Learning
  • Education & Outreach Initiative

Integrative Across Goals

  • Reevaluate invasive plant programs and practices under alternative climate futures
  • Investigate the vulnerability of blue oak woodlands to climate change and develop adaptive management guidelines

Did You Know?

Low fire burns through a grove during a prescribed burn.

Fire is an essential part of Sierra forest ecology. Plants and animals have adapted to the periodic, low-intensity fires that naturally occur here. In fact, sequoias need fire to open their cones and release the seeds, and to leave cleared beds of ash where they sprout and grow best.