Sierra Meadow Planting Palette Tool

The purpose of this tool is to help restoration practitioners plan for climate change in revegetation efforts by identifying plant species that have traits that will increase the likelihood that they will survive, recruit, and continue to provide additional co-benefits under projected future conditions. Our ultimate goal is to increase the resilience of wet meadow restoration projects in the context of climate change while providing additional co-benefits, including wildlife habitat and ecosystem services.

Sierra Meadow Prioritization Tool Database

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The Sierra Meadow Prioritization Tool Database includes all 24 conservation target datasets of the Tool in the form of related tables. All tables are related to the Sierra Meadows Table based on the UC Davis Meadow ID, allowing for the user to generate tailored queries that incorporate data from the different tables for aid in decision-making. The user guide and data dictionary includes all associated metadata, data sources, and detailed description and rationale of the different indicators associated with each conservation target as well as suggested scoring approaches. The tool provides a strategic, flexible approach for prioritizing Sierra meadows to achieve multiple benefits. The tool can be used to inform decision-making about which meadows to prioritize for restoration, protection, and/or conservation actions that will maximize benefits to biodiversity and ecosystem targets. Funding for the tool was provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The tool was developed by the Sierra Meadows Partnership Prioritization Work Group, with leadership from Point Blue.

Sierra Nevada Multi-source Meadow Polygons Compilation v.2

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Compiled meadows polygons for the Sierra Nevada of California containing 18,780 meadow polygons (total area = 112,567 hectares, 278,160 acres)


ESRI ArcGIS 10 File Geodatabase


UC Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences & USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, 2017. Sierra Nevada Multi-Source Meadow Polygons Compilation (v 2.0), Vallejo, CA, Regional Office: USDA Forest Service.2017.

Weixelman, D. A., B. Hill, D.J. Cooper, E.L. Berlow, J. H. Viers, S.E. Purdy, A.G. Merrill, and S.E. Gross. 2011. Meadow Hydrogeomorphic Types for the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade Ranges in California: A Field Key. Gen. Tech. Rep. R5-TP-034. Vallejo, CA. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, 34 pp.


Tim Lindemann, Dave Weixelman, Carol Clark, Stacey Mikulovsky, Qiqi Jiang, Joel Grapentine, Kirk Evans - USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
Wes Kitlasten - U.S. Geological Survey
Sarah Yarnell, Ryan Peek, Nick Santos - UC Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences
Anna Fryjoff-Hung - UC Merced

Contact info :

Ryan Peek

Access and use limitations

This is an unofficial dataset compiled from the best available sources. The University of California, Davis (UCD) & USDA Forest Service (USFS) make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of data or maps. The user will not seek to hold UCD nor USFS liable under any circumstances for any damages with respect to any claim by the user or any third party on account of or arising from the use of data or maps. The user will cite UCD & USFS as the original source of the data, but will clearly denote cases where the original data have been updated, modified, or in any way altered from the original condition. There are no restrictions on distribution of the data by users.


Brief Methods:

In version 2 of the Sierra Nevada Multi-source Meadow Polygons Compilation, polygon boundaries from the original layer (SNMMPC_v1 - were updated using ‘heads-up’ digitization from high-resolution (1m) NAIP imagery. In version 1, only polygons larger than one acre were retained in the published layer. In version 2, existing polygon boundaries were split, reduced in size, or merged, and additional polygons not captured in the original layer were digitized. If split, original IDs from version 1 were retained for one half and a new ID was created for the other half. In instances where adjacent meadows were merged together, only one ID was retained and the unused ID was “decommissioned”. If digitized, a new sequential ID was assigned.


Sierra Nevada Multi-source Meadow Polygons Compilation v.1

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Compiled meadows layer for the Sierra Nevada containing 17,039 meadow polygons (total area = 77,659 hectares, 191,900 acres).

ESRI ArcGIS 10 File Geodatabase

Fryjoff-Hung & Viers, 2012. Sierra Nevada Multi-Source Meadow Polygons Compilation (v 1.0), Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis. December 2012.

Contact info:
Joshua Viers


UC Davis compiled the “best available” meadow polygon layers into a single data layer. Data layers were collected from various agencies, individuals, and organizations. Data layer quality varied based on compilation methods and age; some layers were excluded due to poor data quality. A confidence rank (1 = low, 10 = high) was assigned to the remaining layers which were rasterized at a 10 m resolution. The layers were combined and combined raster cells with a summed rank of 2 or less were excluded. Raster cells representing open water were also excluded. A majority filter was run on the resulting remaining cells to reduce boundary heterogeneity, which replaced cell values based on the majority of the eight neighboring cells. Individual meadow polygons were created through a raster to vector conversion that treated all contiguous cells as a single part meadow feature with boundaries smoothed using the Polynomial Approximation with Exponential Kernel (PAEK) method (20 m tolerance to reduce edge complexity). Polygons with an area less than 0.4 ha (< 1 acre) were removed from the final meadow composite. Original IDs and other attributes were attached to the meadow polygons.

Due to the proprietary nature of some of the original data, and spatial imprecision, this method was used to homogenize the output of the compilation process. Original source identifiers have been maintained to migrate data between providers.

These data represent the most comprehensive spatial data on mountain meadows for the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades. However, they are based on other available data, thus omissions are possible.

Please see the attached metadata file for more information.