Spend the day with SYRCL at Loney Meadow

Join us on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-1pm at Loney Meadow to kick off the meadow wildflower season. SYRCL will host a meadow open house to showcase the new Loney Meadow Interpretive Trail signs and to highlight the restoration and monitoring work ongoing at Loney Meadow.

Loney Meadow

Since 2011, SYRCL has worked in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest to restore Loney Meadow by removing conifers from meadow edges within aspen stands and restoring Texas Creek. The goal of these restoration actions is to improve overall meadow health, including raising groundwater levels by reducing channel erosion rates, improving aspen health, improving native plant diversity, and sequestering more carbon.

New signs were designed in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, with the help of Tallac Applied Ecology & Design and local artist Jennifer Rain Crosby.

We hope you will join us in celebration of this beautiful meadow.
Please RSVP via our Facebook Event.

Schedule of the day’s events:

10 am – Introductions, light refreshments, and remarks (at Loney Meadow trailhead)

10:30 am – 1 pm – Trail Open House: walk the 1.5 loop trail, enjoy the new signs and learn about the SYRCL and USFS collaboration at Loney Meadow.

Directions to Loney Meadow:

From Nevada City/ Grass Valley (allow about 1 hour of travel time):

  • Take Highway 20 East from Nevada City about 30 miles.
  • Just after the highway passes through Bear Meadow, turn left onto Bowman Lake Road (also US Forest Rte. 18).
  • Travel about 10.5 miles along Bowman Lake Road until just after the paving ends.
  • Look for a sign on the right indicating the turn-off to Loney Meadows.

From Interstate 80:

  • Take exit 161 for Highway 20 West.
  • Travel about 3.8 miles on Highway 20. Bowman Lake Road (Forest Rte. 18) will be on the right
  • Travel about 10.5 miles along Bowman Lake Road until just after the paving ends.
  • Look for a sign on the right indicating the turn-off to Loney Meadows.

If you have a high-clearance vehicle, you can drive all the way to the trailhead. Turn right at the Loney Meadow turn-off and travel about 0.7 miles. Stay to the left when the road forks.

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SYRCL’s work at Loney Meadow is in partnership with the US Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest and has been funded by: The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Earthwatch, and SYRCL’s dedicated member base. All of our work in the meadow has been supported by citizen scientists and trained volunteers.

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