Loney Meadow Restoration Project

Located in the Tahoe National Forest near Grouse Ridge, Loney Meadow is a beautiful meadow that supports a diverse and fragile ecosystem. SYRCL began working at Loney Meadow with the Tahoe National Forest in 2011 to assess meadow conditions, restore aspen habitat, improve the interpretive trail, improve stream habitat, and monitor greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration.

Loney Meadow, located in the Grouse Ridge, is part of a larger meadow complex that drains into the Canyon Creek sub-watershed.

Road building, fire suppression, and historic grazing and logging activities have impacted many meadows in the Sierra Nevada. In Loney Meadow, these activities resulted in a partially incised stream channel, destabilized stream banks, an instream habitat lacking complexity, compromised wetland vegetation communities, and encroachment by disturbance tolerant non-native species. The greatest threat to Loney meadow was the continued incision of Texas Creek, which would’ve contributed to further lowering of the water table and further disconnection of the main channel from its historic floodplain. Smaller threats were gully erosion at an abandoned roadbed and encroachment of conifers. Our restoration goals focused on spreading water across Loney Meadow’s historic floodplain in order to reduce erosion from a single stream channel.

Project Landmarks

Fencing at Loney Meadow

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Fencing at Loney meadow is done to protect resources or equipment from cattle. Cows can rub on groundwater wells to scratch themselves but damage the pipe in the process. Cattle grazing agreements between… Read More

Post-project Monitoring

June 4, 2019

In 2019, SYRCL and project partners continued post-project monitoring at Loney Meadow in order to compare to the baseline data collected since 2014 (prior to the restoration).  The culmination of this project resulted in a… Read More

Stream and Wetland Habitat Resortation

September 5, 2017

In September and October of 2017, the Tahoe National Forest and SYRCL restored stream and wetland habitat across the 50-acre meadow…. Read More

Begin Baseline Monitoring

June 3, 2014

SYRCL and project partners began conducting baseline monitoring in 2014 at Loney Meadow in order to understand whether the restoration project would address the project goals.


Our work continues at Loney Meadow through long term stewardship. It is one of our favorite meadows to continue to work at through our long-term Field Science Program, which includes a Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity for high school students from local areas, including underserved areas of Yuba City and Marysville. We continue to engage with our community by offering volunteer opportunities at Loney Meadow doing a variety of long-term stewardship activities such as annual installation and removal of cattle exclusion fencing, aspen monitoring, and trail maintenance.

pulling conifers Loney Meadow
SYRCL staff and YOLO Alumni work together to keep conifers from encroaching on Loney Meadow.

For more information, please contact:
Alecia Weisman
Watershed Science Director
(530) 265-5961 ext. 224
[email protected]

Project Partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, US Forest ServiceCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, Earthwatch, Nevada County and the Nevada County RAC Grant Program, and UC Davis.