Stewardship Implementation

The Watershed Center’s Stewardship Implementation Program conducts hazardous fuel reduction and restoration on the local landscape in a sustainable and economically feasible manner, trains and employs local woods workers, and develops community capacity for locally owned and operated natural resources-based businesses. We operate a hand crew of approximately 8-10 workers, a masticator, and a small falling crew.

The Implementation Program not only develops community capacity to staff skilled woods work, but creates market and economic pressures for restoring our public lands. We work on federally managed lands and on private property to treat fuels, construct fire breaks, and thin stands for resilience. We often have funding to help private landowners create defensible space and strategic fire breaks. If you are interested in participating in one of our projects please contact us. We are often able to perform the work at minimal or no cost to the landowner.

In addition to our traditional hand and mechanical work, the Watershed Center has launched a prescribed burning program (learn more by checking out our page on the California Klamath-Siskiyou Fire Learning Network). As part of that program we have developed burn plans for two large landscapes in the Hayfork Valley and continue to seek landowners with prescribed burning objectives to partner with. You can view the burn plan for the Big Creek area here.

The Watershed Center has equipment available for lease. For more information on leasing our equipment, please call our office at (530) 628-4206.