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.
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.
For more information, please contact:
River Science Program Manager
(530) 265-5961 ext. 224
Project Partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, US Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Earthwatch, Nevada County and the Nevada County RAC Grant Program, and UC Davis.