Osa Meadow Research and Restoration

Osa Meadow Research and Restoration

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Project Goal:

Create greater ecological resilience of Osa Meadow to combat climate change and other stressors and promote recovery of Kern River rainbow trout populations. Study the cause-and-effect of meadow restoration on physical habitat, water quality and temperature, and the ability to sequester greenhouse gases.


90 acres restored

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Project Stages

100% Planning, Design, and Permitting

Monitoring

Completion

Estimated Completion Date:
2021

Project Funders

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):

Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant

Fish Affected:

Project Description

As part of Sierra Meadows Partnership’s goal to restore 30,000 acres by 2030, CalTrout restored Osa Meadow in the Kern River Ranger District within Sequoia National Forest. The historic Kern River Rainbow trout habitat had been in degraded condition for decades, even becoming bone dry at the height of the most recent drought. In Fall 2017, CalTrout completed the restoration of stream and meadow habitat as well as reconnected the incised stream channel to the historical floodplain. The goal is to create greater ecological resilience to combat climate change and other stressors and promote recovery of rainbow trout populations. Immediate results were observed, the most notable being much improved connectivity between groundwater and surface water. CalTrout will continue to study the outcomes of restoration through 2019 including monitoring the cause-and-effect of meadow restoration on physical habitat, water quality and temperature, and the ability of meadows to sequester greenhouse gases.

Project Partners:

Trust for Public Lands

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