Setting standards for meadow restoration and carbon sequestration
Read about our Sierra Meadows work in the Summer issue of The Current.
Expanding on the initial formation of the Sierra Meadow Research and Restoration Partnership, in 2015 the Sierra Meadow Partnership (SMP) was formed. Capitalizing on this effort, the goals are to:
- Direct and build out the SMP as the leading meadow research and restoration entity throughout the Sierra Nevada;
- Affect policy to increase pace and scale of meadow restoration;
- Advance meadow restoration protocols and strategies to achieve multi-benefit outcomes including enhanced sequestration of greenhouse gases;
- Establish a self-funding mechanism for meadow conservation
via the implementation of a meadows carbon credit market
- Directed development of draft proposed Sierra Meadow Strategy;
- Organized and convened Calistoga II Sierra Meadow Workshop.
What We Will Achieve in 2016-17
- Complete and implement Sierra Meadow Strategy focused on restoring 30,000 acres of meadows by 2030;
- Build Sierra Meadow Partnership, to advance meadow restoration and fishery recovery efforts that also will result in creating greater ecological resilience to a changing climate;
- Leverage resources to more effectively achieve critical meadow restoration priorities by involving a broad consortium of partners representing agencies, NGOs, and the academic community;
- Oversee two projects as part of the SMP.