Funding for this project will be used to establish a conservation easement that will permanently protect 1,167 acres of montane meadow ecosystem. The Project will protect and enhance the montane meadow ecosystem of 101 Ranch located at the confluence of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges. Protecting, passively restoring, and creating the opportunity to actively restore the ecological and hydrological functions of this mountain meadow. By placing a conservation easement on the 2,313-acre 101 Ranch, the Project will permanently protect 1,167 acres, or 23%, of the second largest montane meadow in the Sierra - the 5,176-acre Mountain Meadow. The following goals are integral to the conservation easement: retain the property's meadow, forested, open space character, (2) protect and enhance headwaters and the resultant stream flows, (3) protect and enhance the property's meadow vegetation and habitats, (4) protect and enhance carbon sequestration, and (5) demonstrate the compatibility of agricultural productivity and ecological benefits by generating a collaboratively-developed Conservation Plan.
The Trust for Public Land
Grantee shall complete a Baseline Conditions Report, which will allow them to finalize the already-drafted Conservation Easement (CE). Components of the CE include a Conservation Plan, Monitoring Plan with protocol, and a Long-Term Management Plan. The expected result will be a CE that protects and preserves the project area in-perpetuity, while still allowing for future restoration activities, as well as allowing for limited agricultural use of portions of the project area.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):