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Restore Sierra Meadows: the Source of California’s Water

Loney Meadows
Volunteers enjoying the afternoon sun

Did you know that restoring meadows in the Sierra Nevada can provide multiple ecosystem benefits? As we move toward our fifth year of drought, it is critical to begin to achieve innovative ways to alter our land-use and management. As natural water-retention basins, meadows attenuate floods, sustain stream base flows, improve water quality, and support vegetation that stabilizes stream channels and promotes biodiversity.

We are thrilled to announce that SYRCL has partnered with Earthwatch Institute to offer week-long research expeditions where we will be researching, monitoring, and experiencing the benefits of meadow restoration.

Join Rachel Hutchinson, SYRCL’s River Science Director and expedition lead scientist, for this exciting fieldwork opportunity in the Tahoe National Forest. Throughout the week, participants will learn to conduct streamline assessments, groundwater measurements, tree measurements, vegetation transects, and greenhouse gas monitoring. By increasing our understanding of the functioning of a meadow, we can fund more restorative actions and develop protective measures for these incredible ecosystems.

What: Conduct streamline assessments, groundwater measurements, tree measurements, vegetation transects, and greenhouse gases in Sierra Meadows.
When: Sept. 9 – Sept. 15; Sept. 25 – Oct. 1; Reserve your spot for one of these week-long expeditions!
Where: Tahoe National Forest
What to Bring: Water, sun protection, long-sleeved shirts, hiking pants, boots, etc; Sleeping accommodations and food will be covered.

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Loney Meadow