What: The Forest Service proposes to restore 10 meadows in the Sequoia Prioritized Ten Meadows Restoration Project (Ten Meadows Project) located in two areas on the Giant Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Forest. This watershed improvement project across ten meadows in the headwaters of the North and South Forks of the Kern River proposes to improve the resiliency of montane meadows and channel ecosystems and watershed hydrologic processes. This weekend we will be clipping willow branches to be taken care of in our WildPlaces Nursery in Springville CA. We will then continue caring for these little guys as part of the Ten Meadows Restoration Project.
Who: WildPlaces volunteers are needed on this project date to begin the vegetation propagation phase; that is, take willow cuttings from existing willow trees in Long Meadow and propagating those cutting in pots in the WildPlaces' nursery in Springville
When: Volunteers will meet at the WildPlaces Springville Headquarters on Saturday November 4th at 9 a.m. and ride the WildPlaces van, returning at approximately 2 p.m. Bring close-toed sturdy shoes, layered warm clothing, rain jacket, water bottle, sack lunch, hat, sunscreen. We will provide tools, gloves, transportation, and demonstration on taking the cuttings.
Why: Restoration of the meadows would result in high-quality wet meadow habitat and improvement in habitat connectivity for the federally endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), Kern Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) and other amphibians such as toads and tree frogs, which currently occupy the wilderness areas. Meadows are also the source of all the water that flows out of the mountains and to farmlands and cities in the Great Central Valley. 65% of all CA water arises from the Sierra and the meadows in upper montane areas are the source of those waters.