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.

Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Western United States

A USGS comprehensive national assessment of carbon (C) storage and flux (flow) and the fuxes of other greenhouse gases (GHGs, including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O)). These carbon and GHG variables were examined in the Western United States for major terrestrial ecosystems (forests, grasslands/shrublands, agricultural lands, and wetlands) and aquatic ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters) in two time periods: baseline (the first half of the 2000s) and future (projections from baseline to 2050).

Assessing the effects of meadow restoration on bird populations in the greater Sierra Nevada: report for the 2012 field season.

The Institute for Bird Populations is teaming with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and numerous public and private land managers to develop, assess, and refine bird-friendly meadow restoration efforts. This report is provides information relating to the development of a monitoring protocol for assessing how bird populations respond to meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada. Monitoring visits included point count surveys, area searches, and vegetation assessments. This report describes results of the pre- and post-restoration monitoring completed at 59 meadows (including restoration and reference meadows) during 2012.