Warner Mountains Meadow Restoration – NFWF

Project Summary

The Alaska Canyon Meadow Restoration and Hydrology project is comprised of several different components. The primary objective is to implement Meadow Restoration in the Red Rock Creek and Quaking Creek watersheds, addressing erosion factors that have changed water movement, restoring historic/proper hydrology, and addressing encroachment of meadow edges. From a preliminary survey, there is a strong presence of Sudden Aspen Death Syndrome with large quantities of down and dead materials that are impeding proper water flows as well as restricting regeneration of vegetation communities including aspen regeneration. The removal of these materials will improve connectivity of water-flow throughout the meadow system. The secondary objective is monitoring the project and the adjacent areas both pre and post-treatment to establish a baseline and for future project expansion, including monitoring/surveying for groundwater storage and flow data throughout the meadow system as well as monitoring/surveying for species along the riparian corridor. Documentation will be gathered pre-treatment and consist of designated photo sites and greenhouse gas measurements, continuously measured at designated locations and from ground chamber, slightly above vegetation, and from 15’ towers. There will also be GHG monitoring locations near wildlife nesting-bedding structures utilizing the down and dead materials and organic structures of the same material, incorporated into organic piling designed to reestablish slower flows into historic water channels. Some of the riparian and restoration area will be fenced utilizing the downed aspen logs. This will be a buck and pole configuration.

 

The Dry Creek Meadow Restoration and Hydrology will address an eroded channel of nearly 400 feet that has formed in a mountain meadow. The original sodded vegetation still exists, however, the 36” deep channel is dewatering the meadow site and will likely change the plant communities to brush and annuals. Installation of a grade control structure for stability and rehydration and reestablishing stable bypass channels for proper and natural flow throughout the meadow system is the objective. This will aide in maintaining desired plant communities as well as maintaining meadow dependent biodiversity. Monitoring will consist of pretreatment GHG readings from set locations, and lapse photos for vegetation community growth and wildlife usage. Standards on the monitoring will be consistent with the described approach from the Alaska Canyon project. The Dry Creek project treatment area is a watershed system that consists of several connected meadows within this project area. This treatment will address several features throughout this meadow system and restore spring flows within the two drainages. Some reseeding may be desired, if so, locally harvested native seeds will be used to address erosion control measures within the restoration working area. This project will incorporate a grade control structure consisting of nine structures designed to restore rehydrate the whole meadow system. This area is to be fenced with wildlife friendly fencing to protect the riparian restoration and meadow vegetation communities.

 

The Callie Spring project will address conifer encroachment in critical spring seeps as well as in a low elevation aspen stand. Removal of the juniper will allow sunlight to facilitate an increase in hydrology and increase aspen regeneration. Fencing will be installed to protect treatments and aspen suckers/clones from grazing. Wildlife friendly fencing will consist of split-rail fence, wire fencing, and organic stacked fence utilizing downed juniper. This project is exclusively on BLM and has NEPA completed. This project treatment area is approximately 20 acres.

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Project Details

  • Project Year 2018
  • Project County Modoc County
  • Projected Start Date
  • Funding Source National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
  • Focus Wildlife Habitat Restoration
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Meadow restoration on Alaska Canyon, Dry Creek, and Callie Spring totaling 878 acres in the Warner Mountains in Northeast California. The project will restore meadows, remove conifers and juniper, improve water flow, and monitor the restored areas, which will benefit migratory corridors for mule deer, antelope, and sage grouse.