Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project
Tuolumne County Profile Executive Summary Tuolumne County Profile Introduction Health and Safety Education and the Arts Natural Resources and Recreation Economy and Infrastructure Acknowledgements Conclusion
Natural Resources and Recreation - Tuolumne County Profile
Natural Resources and Recreation

Natural Resources and Recreation


Why is this important?

In Tuolumne County the use of public lands is a key element in the local economy because of the various business and recreational opportunities they create. On the social side, many people live in Tuolumne County because they enjoy nature and forests. Residents, as well as visitors, use public lands in Tuolumne County for an extremely broad range of activities. From the foothills to the mountain crest zone, the county is a magnet drawing outdoor enthusiasts. Walking, hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, and boating are just some examples of uses of our public lands that many people consider essential to their quality of life. In addition, forest-related jobs and activities help to form the cultural identity of this county and a portion of its economic base.

What is the measure?

Human life is sustained by a flow of goods and services from the environment. Natural resource industries play a vital economic function, especially in the local rural economy. These include but are not limited to water, food, forest products, and recreation.

You will find in this section specific natural resources and recreation indicators which establish baseline data on economic and quality of life issues.


How are we doing?

Agricultural products, forest products, minerals, energy, and recreational opportunities are key commodities and uses associated with our public lands and natural resources. Utilization can deplete or degrade natural resources, or sustain and improve them when managed properly. Future human well-being depends on the development of technologies, institutions, polices, and lifestyles that use natural resources in sustainable ways. For example, the county is in the process of carrying out a grant funded project to determine the water quality in several local tributaries (streams and creeks) of the Stanislaus and Tuolumne River watersheds. It is hoped that the project, if necessary, will lead to revisions of policy and/or operational infrastructure that will enhance the quality of water in those tributaries.

The Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) determined that the district has an adequate sustainable water supply for many years to come.

Highlights of some of the most important findings regarding Natural Resources and Recreation include:

  • Based on the current water quality standards and using the two largest water suppliers’ tests, our drinking water is essentially pollutant free
  • Each year we meet state and federal air quality standards on the vast majority of days
  • Residents and millions of visitors have access to public lands in Tuolumne County to ski, hike, fish, hunt, boat, ride horses, observe plants and wildlife, camp, and mountain climb
  • We are working diligently towards assuring that we have healthy, fire-resistant forests
  • We have adequate emergency preparations in place for natural disasters like wildfires
  • Our wildlife indicators showed mixed results. The bird count shows fairly steady populations. However, with increased population density and disease among our deer herds, migratory deer seem to be on the decline
  • We have a wide variety of recreation opportunities available for children and adults
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