Evaluating and Prioritizing Meadow Restoration in the Sierra

This report briefly describes the methods we developed and presents findings from applying the methods in the Yuba and Mokelumne River watersheds.The methods we developed and the on-the-ground data for the Yuba and Mokelumne watersheds supply a replicable template that may be applied in other watersheds to focus meadow restoration effort where it will provide the greatest value. The prioritized list of meadows we developed galvanized support of the top restoration candidate (see From Prioritization to Restoration, below) and, within six months, resulted in completed permits and three funding proposals.Our ultimate goal is to accelerate and improve meadow restoration. The steps we took in this project focus on providing the infrastructure necessary for meadow restoration to gain and sustain momentum into its next phase, where watershed-scale impacts are anticipated.
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