The overall goal of the Project is to restore the ecosystem function and services provided by meadows across the headwaters of the Kern River. Over the last five years,the INF has identified and began conducting initial surveys on a subset of meadows for restoration. The selected meadows were identified as the "best candidates" for initiating restoration implementation planning based on critical need of repair and/or potential to support two sensitive species, California Golden Trout and mountain yellow-legged frog. Funding for this Project will be used to complete design, environmental compliance, and permitting to move nine priority meadows, totaling over 2,500 acres, into implementation phase within three years as to increase capacity and pace and scale of Sierra Nevada meadow restoration.
1. Complete design, environmental compliance and permitting to move nine priority meadows, totaling over 2,500 acres, into implementation phase within three years as to increase capacity and pace and scale of Sierra Nevada meadow restoration.
2. Create robust and replicable Sierra Nevada meadow data by piloting the newly developed Sierra Meadow Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Plan (SM-WRAMP) while also testing the new protocols applicability and implementation feasibility.
Research/Planning (including Science)
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):