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  3. Monday, 14 January 2013
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Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties, Please review the following 4 items, including logistics and materials for January 17, a map from the January 10 technical meeting, and two informational items, including an update on ongoing Forest Service meadow hydrology assessment. 1.  LOGISTICS FOR JANUARY 17 FULL COLLABORATIVE MEETING Date:  Thursday, January 17, 2013 Time:  10 am to 3:30 pm Location:  Sierra National Forest Supervisor's Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA If you have already RSVPd, a sandwich lunch will be provided.  Otherwise, please bring your own lunch if you plan to attend but have not yet RSVPd. 2.  MATERIALS FOR JANUARY 17 FULL COLLABORATIVE MEETING Attached are most of the materials for Thursday's meeting.  We are still completing short handouts on the 2013 proposed planning process, project updates, and the Hands on the Land program.  All materials attached here are also available on DataBasin under Supporting Documents --> Full Collaborative Meetings --> 2013 Meetings --> January 17, 2013 folder. Draft agenda Action Items as of January 17 Refinements to the proposed Charter revisions from December A summary of these refinements, to make your review process easier A 2013 collaborative goals handout A summary of the 2012 Collaboration Evaluation online survey results Responses from Jonathan Kusel to the questions about the SCALE advisory group For your reference, a copy of the original SCALE proposal from November is re-attached for convenience; we will not be providing copies of this. 3.  MAP OF DLRP SPOTTED OWL PACs AND FISHER DEN BUFFERS For those who were not on this morning's technical webinar on the Reese Unit, attached is the map that was distributed which shows the Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project boundary, and the associated California Spotted Owl Protected Activity Centers and Pacific Fisher den buffers.  It's also posted in DataBasin under Supporting Documents --> Technical Meetings --> 2013 Meetings --> January 10 - Reese Unit. 4.  INFORMATIONAL ITEMS, INCLUDING FOREST SERVICE MEADOW HYDROLOGY ASSESSMENT Chip Ashley noted the following article about a peer-reviewed paper related to Thursday's technical meeting discussion on spotted owl, goshawk and fisher habitat, and severe wildfire. http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2012/jul/active-forest-management-reduce-fire-could-help-protect-northern-spotted-owl Barry Hill, Regional Hydrologist for Region 5, has provided the following summary of findings to date regarding ongoing Forest Service meadow research in the Sierra Nevada: Although incomplete, the meadow hydrology assessment has already produced some significant findings that advance the understanding of the role of meadows in regional hydrology and the potential for meadow restoration to improve water availability.  Important results to date include: 1.       State-of-the-art remote sensing techniques appear to have limited capabilities to accurately delineate meadows; 2.       A majority of Sierra Nevada meadows have been eroded by channel incision to at least a degree, and about 25% have been eroded deeply enough that restoration will be needed to restore hydrologic function; 3.       The total volume of groundwater storage capacity in meadow aquifers that could be recovered by meadow restoration is smaller than previously estimated; 4.       Erosion of meadows allows drainage of groundwater stored in bedrock aquifers adjacent to meadows; 5.       The depletion of groundwater stored in bedrock aquifers as a result of meadow erosion results in temporary (possibly decadal-scale) nonsustainable increases in groundwater discharge and streamflow within eroded meadows; 6.       Meadow erosion reduces streamflow within meadows during the early snowmelt recession period (spring and early summer), particularly during years with heavy snowpacks; 7.       Long-term hydrologic effects of erosion are still uncertain, but likely include diminished streamflow, lower regional water tables, reduced mountain block recharge, and reduced groundwater storage in headwater areas. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Barry Hill Regional Hydrologist USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region 1323 Club Drive Vallejo, CA  94592 (707) 562-8968 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sincerely, Dorian Fougères, Ph.D., Senior Mediator Center for Collaborative Policy California State University, Sacramento (916) 531-3835 - Direct Line/Cellphone

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Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties,

Please review the following 5 items, including updated Action Items, a revised snag creation proposal from Justin Augustine and Mark Smith, and the January 8 and 10 technical meeting summaries.

1. JANUARY 17 TRUST METER RESULTS
We received 12 submittals, out of 20 participants. I encourage anyone whose trust decreases during any meeting – not just this last one – to send me an email or ask me to call them, it’s important to me and helps me to get a sense of what occurs that makes your trust decrease.
5 increases (5-6, 5-7, 8-9 (3 times))
6 neutrals (7-7, 8-8 (3 times), 9-9 (2 times))
1 decrease (8-6)


2. FOLLOW-UP MATERIALS TO JANUARY 16 AND 17, INCLUDING JANUARY 25 ACTION ITEMS and REVISED SNAG CREATION PROPOSAL FROM JUSTIN AUGUSTINE AND MARK SMITH
Per discussion on January 16 or 17, attached are:
A revised proposal for snag creation in Bald Mountain from Justin Augustine and Mark Smith
Mark Smith's 3 presentation slides from January 16
Snag and wildlife presentation from the October 25 technical webinar – the file is 15 MB and download link is http://www.sendspace.com/file/chmodu — click on the link that says "click here to start download from sendspace"
Kathryn Purcell's slides on birds, prescribed fire, and snags from her April 16 presentation
Field Visit notes from August 2011 concerning the relationship between prescribed fire and amphibians and strategies for minimizing potential impacts (see pages 2-3)


3. JANUARY 8 (MEADOWS AND ROADS) AND JANUARY 10 (REESE UNIT) TECHNICAL MEETING SUMMARIES ATTACHED
From our Bald Mountain technical planning meetings. The January 16 and 17 meeting summaries will be available late next week.


4. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MEADOW & HYDROLOGY PROJECT AND PUBLICATION LINKS
Matt Meadows, UC Merced, has provided us with the following links to programs and publications related to Dinkey meadow and hydrology work. We are in discussions with Roger Bales, Director of UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute and Mountain Hydrology Research Group, to provide an update to the Dinkey Collaborative on the work most relevant to our efforts in the spring of 2013.
Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project http://ucanr.edu/sites/cff/Sierra_Nevada_Watershed_Ecosystem_Enhancement_Project/
Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory Publications https://eng.ucmerced.edu/czo/publications.html


5. CFLR COALITION ANNUAL REPORT AND REFERENCES
Pam Flick has provided the following link to the CFLR Coalition's annual report: http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/documents/cflrp/CoalitionReports/CFLRP2012AnnualReport20130102.pdf

The Conservation Biology Institute's January 10 webinar on Models to Support Conservation and Management of Rare Carnivores in the Sierra Nevada is now posted online and available for viewing here: http://consbio.org/newsroom/events/rare-carnivores-sierra-nevada

Chip Ashley has provided the following links:
a August 2012 abstract for Comparative Hazard Assessment for Protected Species in a Fire-prone Landscape (Oregon) http://bit.ly/WlPyBR
a Forest Service biomass presentation from a University of Florida conference http://bit.ly/Vzt7Hx
a 2006 article Warming and Earlier Spring Increase Western US Forest Wildfire Activity http://www.sciencemag.org/content/313/5789/940.full


Sincerely,

Dorian Fougères, Ph.D., Senior Mediator
Center for Collaborative Policy
California State University, Sacramento
(916) 531-3835 - Direct Line/Cellphone
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