Northern Sierra Partnership honored by U.S. Forest Service
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The U.S.D.A. Forest Service honored the Northern Sierra Partnership (NSP) Wednesday, Nov. 30, with the Region 5 Regional Foresterandamp;#8217;s Honor Award in Sacramento. This award is presented to individuals or groups of individuals who andamp;#8220;demonstrated outstanding professionalism, excellent customer service, and exemplary leadership in advancing the Forest Service mission.andamp;#8221;In presenting the andamp;#8220;Partnership of the Yearandamp;#8221; award to NSP, the Forest Service acknowledged andamp;#8220;NSPandamp;#8217;s innovative, collaborative approach with resource agencies, philanthropic organizations, business interests, other local land trusts and local individuals to ensure sustainable, healthy forest ecosystems and to expand opportunities for public enjoyment of these areas. andamp;#8220;This unique partnership andamp;#8230; has been extremely effective at raising state and private funds and working with landowners and public agencies to conserve lands across the Northern Sierra,andamp;#8221; said Regional Forester Randy Moore. andamp;#8220;The Tahoe [NF] is honored and privileged to have the NSP partners to work with to achieve a more sustainable future with greater habitat connectivity, better public access to recreation, more effective and efficient fuels and watershed management, and greater capacity to adapt to climate. The leadership demonstrated by NSP in protecting important ecosystem and recreation lands will deliver benefits to our children and our childrenandamp;#8217;s children for decades to come.andamp;#8221;Included in NSPandamp;#8217;s notable acquisitions are: Perrazzo Meadows, which supports one of Californiaandamp;#8217;s largest populations of willow fly catcher; Independence Lake, a pristine glacial lake that supports Lahontan Cutthroat trout; Webber Falls, which NSP helped the Tahoe NF acquire through a matching donation; Snow Mountain, in the North Fork of American Wild andamp; Scenic River watershed and Conservation Easements, acquired from Sierra Pacific Industries, which extinguish development rights so the land will remain as private working forest andamp;#8212; contributing to the local economy and county tax baseandamp;#8212;and be open for public recreation.andamp;#8220;The Forest Service has been a great partner, over many, many years. On behalf of all of the individuals and organizations that sustain our Partnership, thank you for this important honor,andamp;#8221; said NSP President Lucy Blake. andamp;#8220;Hereandamp;#8217;s to all of the work ahead!andamp;#8221; The Northern Sierra Partnership (NSP) is a collaborative initiative to conserve, restore, and enhance the magnificent natural landscape of the northern Sierra Nevada and build the foundation for sustainable rural prosperity. They work with private landowners, public agencies, nonprofit groups, and local communities to conserve natural landscapes; restore ecological vitality of forests, meadows and rivers; expand opportunities to enjoy the regionandamp;#8217;s natural assets through investments in recreation, environmental education, and sustainable tourism; support the growth of vibrant rural communities that sustain andamp;#8212; and are sustained by andamp;#8212; the healthy landscapes that surround them. NSPandamp;#8217;s five partners are the Feather River Land Trust, the Sierra Business Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the Trust for Public Land. For more information visit http://www.northernsierrapartnership.org.