Sedge and Native Seed Collection Workshop: July 28-29

On July 28 and 29, 2022, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and the US Forest Service will host a Sedge ID and Native Seed Collection Workshop in Van Norden meadow. All are welcome to attend either or both days!

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Update: Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project 

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) was awarded $3.746 million from the Wildlife Conservation Board’s Forest Conservation grant program to implement Phase One of restoration of Van Norden Meadow (Yayalu Itdeh in Washoe) in partnership with Tahoe National Forest (TNF).

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Update: Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project

On April 1st, 2022, Nevada County, as a lead agency, released the Draft IS/MND CEQA Document for the Van Norden Meadow Restoration and Recreation Project, which is a project collaboration between the South Yuba River Citizens League and the Tahoe National Forest.

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Aspen Work Day a Success

It was a crisp Saturday morning on October 9th, seven SYRCL volunteers showed up to the high country of Loney Meadow, which sits at 6,000 feet in elevation, to help SYRCL scientists in protecting critical aspen stands.  Loney Meadow is home to one of SYRCL’s meadow restoration projects that helps to restore habitat for many birds, shrubs, meadow vegetation, and wildlife in addition to the aspen stands themselves. 

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Van Norden Public Tour

Join us for a tour of Van Norden Meadow (Yayalu Idteh in Washoe) to learn more about the restoration and recreation plans for the meadow.

The tour will be led by Rachel Hutchinson from Tahoe National Forest and Alecia Weisman from the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).

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High School Students Embark on a Field Science Expedition to help Restore Montane Meadows

This summer, we hosted a total of 17 students across two Earthwatch groups in June and late July. This immersive, overnight, 12-day field science expedition focused on teaching meadow ecology, monitoring, and restoration practices at Loney Meadow and Van Norden Meadow within the Tahoe National Forest.

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Local High School Students Restore Aspen in Loney Meadow

In June 2021, SYRCL led our week-long Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) expedition with 6 local high school students with great success!

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Restoring the Quaking Aspen

SYRCL is working to restore aspen in the Yuba River watershed so they can provide habitat for numerous species of insects, birds, and mammals and help improve water quality. You can help us by getting involved next weekend. Learn more about SYRCL’s restoration project and how to sign up below.

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What are Bees Busy Doing in Our Watershed?

You may be familiar with non-native European honeybees (Apis melifera) because they are used commercially to produce honey and pollinate crops. But what do you know about bees native to our watershed?

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SYRCL’s Youth Citizen Scientists Keep Yuba Meadows Healthy

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to finding safe and creative ways to collaborate with our youth citizen scientists. On October 24th, four alumni from our 2019 YOLO program joined us in Loney Meadow for a day of service work. These students helped to complete important, on-the-ground restoration actions. Details

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