prioritization

Developing high-priority meadow restoration designs for Lassen National Forest’s Storrie Fire watersheds

The goal of this project was to identify priority meadows for restoration in the Storrie Fire nexus watersheds and develop restoration designs for the priority meadows. We used a rigorous prioritization process using the American Rivers’ meadow condition scorecard, the Sierra Meadow Prioritization Tool, and additional field assessments to reduce a dataset of 90 meadows into a smaller subset of priorities, resulting in 8 high priority meadows set to be restored in 2021.
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American Watershed Meadows Assessment and Prioritization

Between 2013 and 2016, American Rivers was funded by CABY to use the scorecard in the American Basin to guide investment and accelerate the pace of restoration. We assessed every accessible meadow in the watershed that is larger than 15 acres, 40 in all. We identified 13 priority meadows for restoration in collaboration with stakeholders in the American basin.
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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.

Restoring Carson Meadows- Assessment and Prioritization

Between 2014 and 2017, American Rivers was funded by NFWF to use the scorecard in the Carson River basin to guide investment and accelerate the pace of restoration. We assessed every accessible meadow in the watershed that is larger than 15 acres, 28 meadows in all. We identified six priority meadows and established a Carson meadows work group to pursue restoration of these six sites.
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Restoring Walker Meadows: Assessment and Prioritization

Between 2013 and 2015, American Rivers and Trout Unlimited were funded by NFWF to use the meadow scorecard in the Walker basin to guide investment and accelerate the pace of restoration. We identified five priority meadows and established the Walker Working Group to pursue restoration of these five sites. The purpose of this Walker Basin Meadows Condition Report is twofold. First, it provides condition data and explains why the Walker Working Group chose the first set of meadows as the top priority for restoration. Second, the working group will use information presented here to plan subsequent restoration efforts once the first group of meadows is restored.
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Assessment and Prioritization of Meadows in the Golden Trout Wilderness

Meadows of the Golden Trout Wilderness (GTW) are an extremely valuable component of the landscape, providing numerous benefits to society. In 2012, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded a partnership between CalTrout, Trout Unlimited, and American Rivers to evaluate meadow resources in the GTW and prioritize meadows for restoration. We hope the information we provide here will help partners and the US Forest Service work together to increase the pace and scale of meadow restoration in the GTW.
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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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Pine Creek Meadow Assessment

This report shares the results of a broadly collaborative effort to assess and prioritize meadows in the Pine Creek Basin for restoration. The purpose of this Pine Creek Meadow Assessment report is twofold. First, it provides condition data and explains why the Pine Creek CRMP chose the first set of meadows as the top priority for restoration. Second, it provides a basis and identifies next steps for partners to pursue in restoring meadows in the watershed.
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