Sac River Watershed Blog

  • Oct 03, 2017

    By Holly Jorgensen

    Collaborative management efforts are essential for protecting, restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Watershed management requires coordinated policy and management action not only at the local level, but at regional and state levels as well. Successful watershed management should reflect the values of the community and implement actions with achievable outcomes.

    Successful watershed management also requires coordinated data and information collection, and that data management and accessibility throughout the state is crucial to realizing the goals and objectives set forth in watershed planning efforts.

  • Jun 06, 2017

    By Holly Jorgensen and Stephen Graydon

    (Above: Forested area before thinning and control burn)

    The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) is partnering with the Terra Fuego Resource Foundation (Terra Fuego) to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration focusing on fuels and fire management as a nexus to watershed health.

    California is a fire-adapted environment, which need managing to avoid the excessive fuels buildup that create mega fires. Fire suppression has created an unhealthy ecosystem that reduces ecological diversity, worsens the effects of a changing climate, and creates significant and lasting changes through disease, insects and mega fire. SRWP and Terra Fuego are partnering to develop the infrastructure, methodology and management practices to address the devastating impacts of drought and increase forest management efforts in the Sacramento River watershed.

    SRWP’s Butte Forest Thin – Doe Mill Ridge Watershed Project uses forest thinning and low intensity prescribed fire to treat 227 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) between Little Chico Creek and Butte Creek in the Sacramento River watershed. Our project will conduct pre- and post-monitoring to examine how pre-fire fuel reduction restoration treatments affect fire severity and improve forest health.

  • Sep 12, 2016


    The Forest Ranch Fire Safe Council, Terra Fuego Resource Foundation and the Sacramento River Watershed Program will be hosting the Healthy Watersheds and Fire Adapted Communities Forum. The Forum will be held at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room in Chico, CA on September 22nd from 9:30am to 4:00pm. The Forum will focus on informing and engaging our local community and decision makers about the health, challenges, threats and good work that is happening within the Sacramento watershed. The forum will include the history of the Sacramento watershed, its status today and the work and attention it needs to remain resilient in light of our changing climate. More info here.



Upcoming Events

Feature Items

Annual Wildfire Safety Planning Summit - 12/6/2017

The Butte County Fire Safe Council's Annual Wildfire Safety Planning Summit is set for Dec. 6, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Paradise Adventist Church, 5720 Academy Drive, Paradise. There will be talks by BCFSC, Cal Fire, Paradise Ridge Fire Safe Council, NorCal Water Assoc., and SRWP on reducing the number of homes lost to wildfire, how to create a culture of preparedness, and how to care for the forest. Download the agenda.


Success Story: Ponderosa Fire

Why can this catastrophic wildfire be counted as a success story? Because the community members had created a culture of preparedness through their local Fire Safe Council. Read the document to learn more about the steps the community took to be prepared for wildfire. Download the Butte County Fire Safe Council's report here.