Laguna de Santa Rosa - Meadowlark Field

Status In-progress County Sonoma
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 38.40781° N, -122.81623° W Map
Project Area (Acres) No Data Last Updated 24 March 2017

Project Identification

738 JV - Record Number

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Enhancement Unknown/unspecified habitat None No Data Unknown/Unspecified

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres LostType of Loss
No Data


Laguna de Santa Rosa - Meadowlark Field In-progress/Implementation No Data


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2011-07-01 Project start date


Partner Hattie Brown Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Not applicable/Unknown
Contact Wendy Trowbridge Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Not applicable/Unknown


Funding Need: $200,000

Enhancement Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District $203,643
Enhancement WCB Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program $200,000
Enhancement California State Parks Habitat Conservation Fund $57,000

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2013-08-08 6.1 Laguna at Clahan Park riverine non-confined 73
2013-07-26 6.1 Meadowlark Field channeled wet meadow 79

Performance Criteria

StatusDetailsEvaluation Date
No Data

Project Description

Meadowlark Field is a 60-acre park on the east side of the Laguna de Santa Rosa next to Highway 12. The land is owned by the city of Sebastopol and until the 1990s was a dumping ground for apple processing waste. Previous work at the site has included plantings and development of trails. The Laguna is a 16-mile waterway stretching from the Russian River to Cotati, with 3,895 acres of flood plain that act as a winter catch-basin for the river. In February, the Laguna was designated as a Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The park is open to the public and accessible by a summertime floating bridge behind the city's teen center and by trails at a parking lot adjacent to the Chevron Station on Highway 12. Sonoma County Open Space District and Sonoma County parks are planning a trail through the park that would run from Highway 12 to Occidental Road.
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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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