French Meadows Restoration Project

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About the project

The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project is a collaborative forest health project intended to reduce wildfire risk. Placer County is scheduled to start in June as the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the county to perform work on federal land for the multi-agency partnership French Meadows Forest Restoration Project. With the approval, Placer County will take the lead on hiring and overseeing contractors to execute tree removal, forest thinning and biomass removal. Learn more 

Innovative partnership

With limited U.S. Forest Service resources already engaged on other forest resiliency projects in the American River watershed, a diverse group of partners worked to design, manage and fund the project in close partnership with the Forest Service, which owns much of the land the project would address. This public-private partnership can address these issues and serve as a model for increasing the pace and scale of ecologically-based forest management and fuels reduction throughout the Sierra Nevada. Key partners include:
 • U.S. Forest Service
 • 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 

Learn more about what people are saying about this innovative partnership project here

In the News 

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Placer County moves forward with partnership to restore Sierra Nevada forest health, reduce wildfire risk

Forest health and reducing wildfire risk was a key topic today as the Board of Supervisors voted on a resolution to move forward on a multi-agency partnership project covering 30,000 acres of public and private land around French Meadows Reservoir, west of Lake Tahoe. Read more

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Effort seeks to curb wildfires' impact on drinking water

Work is scheduled to begin this week on a first-of-its-kind partnership to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire around essential drinking water supplies stored in the Sierra. Read more

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Placer County moves forward on major forest health project to reduce wildfire risk 

The French Meadows Forest Restoration Project took a step forward with the Placer County Board of Supervisors voting to award two contracts worth more than $2 million to execute the forest health project. Read more