From Sierra National Forest to farms in California’s Central Valley, ofi, USDA Forest Service, National Forest Foundation and Knorr partner on forest resilience and water restoration efforts
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olam food ingredients (“ofi”), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, the USDA Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation, and Knorr, a Unilever brand, have partnered on a series of restoration projects within the Pine Flats watershed focusing on improving the health and resilience of forested watershed to improve conservation of water resources and reduce the potential impact of severe wildfire. The watershed also plays a key role in supplying water to San Joaquin Valley’s communities and farms – California’s top producing agricultural regions1.
These initiatives directly address known problems with conifer encroachment on historically open meadows and will also use a series of controlled burns to help maintain ideal vegetation conditions for adequate water drainage and CO2 absorption. Combined, the two flagship programs are expected to replenish over 660 million gallons of water and lead to a reduction of over 80,000 metric tons of CO2 in California’s Central Valley, delivering positive impact to regional growers and communities in the process.
Located less than 100 miles from ofi’s West Coast offices in Fresno, California and many of its key US processing facilities, the Sierra National Forest and surrounding watersheds across the Sierra Nevada provide roughly 50% of the water to Californians, including that used by ofi’s local onion, garlic, and parsley growers2.