Rock Creek Meadow Restoration

To date there are few studies which quantify the hydrologic response of meadow restoration due to vegetation or conifer removal. Quantifying the response of meadow restoration assists forest; range; and agricultural land managers determine the effect of their investment in meadow restoration. This study will use a before/after control intervention (BACI) study design to study the hydrologic change conifer removal from a historic meadow (Rock Creek Meadow). We hypothesize that the conifer removal will create soil hydric characteristics which will promote a wet meadow system. We will instrument two sites 1) a restored meadow and 2) our historic meadow with soil moisture sensors; shallow groundwater wells; and a surface water level recorder. We will be measuring soil moisture; groundwater levels; and soil hydric characteristics for two years prior to meadow restoration and two years following meadow restoration.
Sponsoring Agency
Collins Pine Company
Primary Contact
Jay Francis
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Supplemental Information
Will provide scientific evidence of benefits of removing encroached conifers and thinning upland forests toward maintaining meadow ecosystems and hydrologic functions.
DWR Resource Management Strategies
Ecosystem restoration, Forest management, Groundwater remediation/aquifer remediation, Outreach and engagement, Surface storage - regional/local, Water and culture, Water-dependent recreation, Watershed management
Project Objectives
Build communication and collaboration among water resources stakeholders, Coordinate management of recharge areas and protect groundwater, Effectively address climate change adaptation and/or mitigation in water resources management, Enhance public awareness and understanding of water management issues and needs, Improve coordination of land use and water resources planning, Improve efficiency and reliability of water supply and infrastructure, Protect, restore, and enhance the quality of surface and groundwater resources, Reduce potential for catastrophic wildland fires in the region, Restore natural hydrologic functions
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Potential Benefits
Assist the region in adapting to effects of climate change, Disadvantaged Communities, Generation or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. green technology)
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To the owner of Rock Creek Meadow Restoration

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  • UF-2 1 file Added 27 Aug 2016 Rock Creek Meadow restoration