Meadows Map

Click here to interact with the map of meadows and other related geospatial data.


Click here to see the list of Meadow Assessments conducted in the Sierra Nevada.


Click here to see a list of past and present meadow restoration projects.


Click here to access reports on Sierra Nevada meadows.

Welcome to the Sierra Nevada Meadows Data Clearinghouse

The Center for Watershed Sciences and the Information Center for the Environment, in cooperation with affiliated organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada, are in the process of building and maintaining this data clearinghouse to support the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation meadow initiative.

Meadow ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada (California, USA) have been maintained by the interplay of biotic and abiotic forces, where hydrological functions bridge aquatic and terrestrial realms. Meadows are not only key habitat for fishes, amphibians, birds, and mammals alike, but also provide enumerable ecosystem services to humans, not limited to regulating services (e.g., water filtration), provisioning services (e.g., grazing), and aesthetics. Across the Sierra Nevada, montane meadow ecosystems are paradoxically the most important providers of ecosystem services and the most threatened with human activity, and are at risk from a variety of threats, including hydroclimatic alteration.

Sierra Meadow Prioritization Tool Now Available

The purpose of the Sierra Meadow Prioritization Tool is to provide a strategic, flexible approach for prioritizing Sierra meadows to achieve multiple benefits and provide a comprehensive database of the distribution of conservation values across the Sierra Nevada meadow landscape that can be used in decision-making. The ultimate goal is that restoration practitioners, land managers, and others will use this tool to inform decision-making about which meadows to prioritize for restoration, protection, and/or conservation actions that will maximize benefits to our conservation targets. This database contains relational tables for the 24 conservation targets that make up the tool. The tables are related through the UC Davis Meadows Layer version 2.0 Meadow ID. The database can be used to design queries to assess conservation targets for meadows in a particular region of interest.

Meadows GIS Layer v2.0 Released

Meadows Compilation V2.0 Release! Thanks to the heads-up digitization work of many folks at the USFS, we have a revised and updated meadows layer now available. This layer includes compiled meadows (>1 acre) for the Sierra Nevada containing 18,780 meadow polygons (total area = 112,567 hectares, 278,160 acres). Version 2.0 is available on the GeoData tab once you have logged in.

Please node the online map is still displaying v1.0 of the meadows layer. This will be updated in the next few weeks, and we'll announce the update in this message.

Most Recently Added Meadows Reports and Resources

The following table lists the latest resources added to the site. If you have any reports, spreadsheets (or data in other formats), presentations, or any other relevant digital content to share, please contact us and we'll get it posted.