Nevada City, California October 31, 2017 – The Yuba Watershed Institute (YWI) is a group of citizens who are concerned with the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of long-term biological diversity in the Yuba River watershed. One of the goals of the YWI is to preserve and restore old forest habitat.

The ‘Inimim Forest (the community forest of the San Juan Ridge) has remnant stands of very large trees, and the YWI has organized a workday to help save these legacy trees from wildfire by clearing small vegetation from their drip lines.

The workday is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm. Meet at the North Columbia Schoolhouse (17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959) to carpool to the worksite. Bring work gloves, clippers, handsaws, rakes or hoes, water, and some snacks. A picnic will be provided following the workday.

The 2,000-acre ‘Inimim Forest is managed through a collaboration between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the YWI. The YWI recently received a grant to update a decades-old management plan for Forest. The original management plan was produced in 1995 through an unprecedented collaboration between government and community groups.

At the event, forest ecologist Dr. Jo Ann Fites-Kaufman will explain what she has discovered in the ‘Inimim Forest during recent surveys conducted as part of the management plan update.