Current Projects

Bioenergy Cluster Project 

Pile of Logs

The Bioenergy Cluster Project is the proposed plan to create 3 small scale community based bioenergy facilities. The facilities would be less than 5MW in size and able to participate in renewable energy incentive programs. The project would sustainably harvest 90,000 bone dry tons of biomass per year from both public and private land. Over a twenty year period the project would restore over 14,000 acres.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

Burned forest area

The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and:

  • encourage ecological, economic, and social sustainability;

  • leverage local resources with national and private resources;

  • facilitate the reduction of wildfire management costs, including through re-establishing natural fire regimes and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire;

  • demonstrate the degree to which various ecological restoration techniques achieve ecological and watershed health objectives; and,

  • encourage utilization of forest restoration by-products to offset treatment costs, to benefit local rural economies, to and improve forest health.

California Climate Investment

Top of Burney mountain

The USFS and Pit RCD have identified multiple restoration opportunities on public and private lands to make increase forest resilience, accelerate reforestation of severely burned forests, and reduce the risk of future catastrophic fire impacts to both communities and natural resources. Forest thinning through the diameter class and other fuel treatments (e.g. mastication, prescribed fire) would be used to reduce forest biomass and surface fuels in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. This reduction would help to protect tree-based carbon stocks, improve growth rates and carbon uptake of residual trees, and minimize  greenhouse gas released in the instance of wildfire.