Planning for Priority Meadow Restoration in Lahontan Basin Watersheds

Status Planning County Alpine, Lassen
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 40.65744° N, -120.97909° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 885.0 Last Updated 29 September 2017
Project Abstract The project will complete planning for meadow restoration on 890 acres in two Sierra watersheds, with a goal of improving hydrologic and ecosystem processes to provide natural benefits, including groundwater storage in headwaters areas, increased streamflows in the dry season, reduced downstream sedimentation, and enhanced critical habitat.
Project Groups CDFW Prop 1 | Sierra Meadows Partnership

Project Identification

P1696034 CDFW - Prop 1 Grant ID

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Restoration Palustrine Wetland Unknown/Unspecified 885.0 Planning/Scoping Seasonal non-tidal

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres LostType of Loss
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Bogard Meadow Planning/Scoping 350.0
Faith Valley Meadow Planning/Scoping 260.0
Forestdale Meadow Planning/Scoping 55.00
Logan Spring Meadow Planning/Scoping 220.0


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2020-07-01 Project end date End of CDFW Prop 1 funded planning project
2020-01-01 Phase end Bogard Meadow
2020-01-01 Phase end Forestdale Meadow
2020-01-01 Phase end Logan Spring Meadow
2020-01-01 Phase end Faith Valley Meadow
2017-07-30 Project start date Start of CDFW Prop 1 funded planning project
2017-07-26 Project entered


Contact Luke Hunt American Rivers Not applicable
Agency Staff Andrea Graffis California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Restoration Grants Branch


Restoration National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $350,700
Restoration CDFW Prop 1 - Watershed Restoration Grant Program $346,352
Restoration American Rivers $28,846
Restoration Alpine Watershed Group $10,000

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2012-09-20 6.0 Forestdale Creek riverine non-confined 82
2012-09-20 6.0 West Fork Carson River riverine non-confined 89
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How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker ( The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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