Backcountry fishing at its best in the Sierra National Forest.
For the past several years, TU staff and volunteers have been working to protect and restore trout habitat and to maintain and improve fishing opportunities in national forests in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.
We have focused on engaging sportsmen and women in two planning processes that the U.S. Forest Service is currently conducting: Travel Management and Forest Plan Revisions.
The Forest Plan Revision process will update the "master" management plans for national forests. Three "Early Adopter" forests -- the Sierra, Sequoia, and Inyo -- are the first to implement new planning regulations in California and to produce revised Forest Plans.
Travel Management is the Forest Service's process for improving management of roads and trails on national forest lands. In the current phase of this process, all national forests in California are analyzing their roads systems to determine which roads must be kept and maintained, which should be decommissioned and restored, and which should be managed differently.
The three Early Adopter forests in California contain some of the best trout streams and native trout habitat in the state. Anglers need to weigh in on the plan revision process to make sure that these resources and opportunities are conserved and improved.
We've just released a new, short video on what's at stake for anglers in Forest Planning for national forests in the Sierra Nevada...check it out!
Here's the link: http://youtu.be/ItS9oNlp6Cc
Native Kern River rainbow, Sequoia National Forest