Plumas Corp Leads Meadow Restoration in the Sierra Nevada
In an effort to track progress towards meeting the Sierra Meadows Partnership's (SMP) strategy goal of protecting and/or conserving 30,000 meadow acres by 2030, the SMP took a recent poll of partner efforts in 2020. They received a total of nineteen responses reporting 84 projects over 102 meadows, representing approximately 20,840 acres. Plumas Corp was the lead organization reporting 21% of those 84 projects, with Tuolumne River Trust (18%) and American Rivers (16%) close behind. The majority of acres reported were for restoration (either implemented or in the planning stages) totaling 11,662 acres, with 4,596 acres reported as acquisition, and 4,581 acres reported for monitoring. Total estimated project costs were approximately $53.6 million, with the majority of projects funded by the State (53%), Foundations (20%), and Federal monies (15%). Sixty-nine percent of all meadow restoration projects are on U.S. Forest Service lands. Takeaways from this poll were the need to diversity funding sources for meadow restoration, few projects were reported on National Park Service lands, and projects on private lands owned by timber companies are especially important as they are the second largest landownership type in the Sierras. Photo credit: Jim Wilcox, Plumas Corp; Osa Meadow, Sequoia National Forest restored in 2016.
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