Beginning August 13 through November the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will continue work on the Resilient Forest Project. MMWD’s contractor, Mountain Enterprise, will be working on forest plots off of Bolinas Ridge Road just north of the Fairfax Bolinas Road intersection.
In an effort to mitigate the destructive effects of sudden oak death (SOD) on Mt. Tamalpais’ forests, MMWD has been collaborating with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and the University of California, Davis departments of Plant Pathology and Land, Air and Water Resources and Cal Poly department of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences. The work consists of a series of experimental forest manipulations on approximately 20 acres of MMWD land.
The project includes thinning and removing dead and down fuel and other live material to measure improved wildfire resiliency, carbon retention, habitat values, aesthetics, and water yield in forests that have been most impacted by SOD. Under current forest conditions fuel loads are such that wildfire would be catastrophic with severe impacts to water quality and would likely erase the carbon stored in the forest.
This work is being carried out in an effort to improve forest resiliency and enhance the ecological function of the watershed. The experimental plots will be monitored for the next five years. MMWD’s participation in the Resilient Forests Project aligns with the district’s five-year strategic plan to continue environmental stewardship work by employing strategies that enhance ecosystem resiliency in the face of climate change.
For questions about this project, contact MMWD Natural Resource Program Manager Shaun Horne at 415-945-1192.