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.
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.
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.
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Dorian Fougères, Ph.D., Senior Mediator
Center for Collaborative Policy
California State University, Sacramento
(916) 531-3835 - Direct Line/Cellphone