"We're a small watershed group so we're gonna do what we can and a lot of that is gonna be in the form of volunteer support and labor out there in the watershed in the months and years ahead," says the trust's Eric Wesselman. "But, what we can also help to do is work with other local stakeholders -public and private- throughout the watershed to help leverage the state and federal funding for the real restoration work that's going to be needed to be done."
Wesselman says U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's office has already pledged support of an effort to fund erosion control projects as soon as possible.
The Rim Fire has burned 250,000 acres. It is 80-percent contained.