Sierra Headwaters Region

 

Sierra Headwaters

 

 
Bay AreaCentral CaliforniaNorth CoastMt. Shasta/KlamathSierra HeadwatersSouth Coast

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Regional Goal

Protect and restore hydrologic function to degraded mountain meadows in the Sierra Nevada to ensure that healthy meadows work as green infrastructure to provide cold, clean, consistent water supply to native trout and millions of downstream users and act as natural wildland fire breaks; restore meadow systems to improve climate change resilience, increase biodiversity, facilitate native trout recovery and enhance carbon sequestration; engage SoCal trout anglers in Sierra issues. Select a dot on the map to learn about each of our initiatives and their projects in this regions.

Region Director: Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D.

Sandra Jacobson, Ph.D. is the Director for the South Coast and Sierra regions and oversees CalTrout offices in San Diego, Ventura and Mammoth Lakes. Based in San Diego, she manages the South Coast Steelhead Coalition and works with regional partners to implement the NMFS Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan through fish passage barrier remediation and trout habitat improvement. In the Sierra, she manages meadow restoration and fuels reduction projects to realize carbon and water benefits and protect native trout. With a doctorate in genetics from the University of Colorado and over 30 years in academics, industrial R&D and environmental biology, she works with partners to build interdisciplinary teams and secure funding to implement environmental projects in Southern California.

Projects in the Sierra Headwaters Region

Steward Source Water Areas

Golden Trout Habitat Restoration

Restore the ecological health of meadows and native Golden trout populations within the Golden Trout Wilderness.

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Protect the Best

Hot Creek Protection

Seeking full implementation of the water agreement settlement terms: a) the Fisheries Enhancement Fund is active and functioning, (b) instream flow requirements are met, and (c) fully appropriated...

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113 acres restored

Protect the Best

June Mountain Ski Area Whitebark Pine Restoration

The overarching goal of the restoration project is to remove dying trees across 518 acres of National Forest System lands over five years. CalTrout is pursuing additional funding to accomplish this,...

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Steward Source Water Areas

Native Rainbow Trout Recovery Plan

Apply the Sierra Meadow Strategy approach to establish a prioritized inventory of meadow restoration activities providing maximum habitat benefit for listed Kern River rainbow trout, amphibian, and...

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90 acres restored

Steward Source Water Areas

Osa Meadow Research and Restoration

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...

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Owens River Protection

Restore the ecological health of the Upper Owens watershed and improve local angling opportunities in Mammoth and Hot Creeks and the Owens River.

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Steward Source Water Areas

Sierra Meadows Partnership and Public Outreach

Realize the restoration potential of the Sierra Nevada using a holistic rubric and inclusive process.

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Steward Source Water Areas

Sierra Meadows Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring

Develop and implement the first Sierra Meadows Wetland and Riparian Area Monitoring Plan (SM-WRAMP). The SM-WRAMP will provide an authoritative and collaborative approach to monitoring meadow...

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450 acres restored

Steward Source Water Areas

West Walker Meadows Restoration

Restoration of ecological resiliency of priority meadows within the headwaters of the West Walker River, including habitat for Lahontan cutthroat trout populations.

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