| Meadow Restoration |
The Bean Creek Preserve is getting a makeover. The 80-acre property in northern Mariposa county was donated by Ken and Teri Pulvino in 2010 as part of the John Muir Geotourism Project This stream, now deeply channelized with banks 8ft tall in sections, was once the water source for a flourishing low elevation meadow. SFC is working to restore the property to
Eroded banks of Bean Creek. Photo: K Boysen
its natural ecosystem.
Meadows, though they make up only a small fraction of the Sierra landscape, are vital to watershed and ecosystem health and provide important cultural resources. Healthy meadows help with flood control by storing excess water in the wet spring and by releasing cool flows slowly through the drier seasons. As our climate patterns become more erratic, meadows will help manage water flow from the mountains to the valley. Meadows also help filter the water by removing pollutants and sediment. These open landscapes provide hold present and historical significance for people as well including important cultural sites for Native peoples, seasonal grazing lands for ranchers, and recreational sites for outdoor enthusiasts. Due to their lack of trees and flat grade, meadows are often the first to be developed. Development and unmanaged uses threaten meadow habitats throughout the Sierra. SFC is proud to be restoring such an important feature in the ecosystem while maintaining multiple uses of the land including recreational enjoyment and grazing.
The Bean Creek restoration project will stabilize the eroded banks of the creek and rehydrate the meadow. Our intention is to help the
SFC's Ray, and Clearwater Hydrologists Steven and Bill drill a piezometer well.
Photo: K Boysen
meadow system revert to its natural state. SFC is working with hydrologists and meadow specialists from Clearwater Hydrology on this project. This winter we broke ground on the project with the installation of piezometers, groundwater monitoring wells. Readings taken from the piezometers give us an idea how the ground water fluctuates on the property and where the water is naturally pooling. The restoration project also includes removal of invasive plants from the property, so that native meadow flora, like sedges and rushes, can re-colonize the area. Look in this month's e-newsletter for how you can help with the project.
"This will be a long-term phased project project, but the beginning phases of restoration are underway. The initial stage of the project is funded by a mitigation project with Tuolumne County and SFC is targeting future phases of funding to come from other mitigation projects and grant programs," explained Bridget Fithian, SFC's Conservation Director.
Stay tuned for updates about the work on Bean Creek Preserve.
| Sierra Lands Beef|
This spring marks the second year of Sierra Lands Beef, SFC's grass-fed beef LLC. Our cattle graze on our preserves, moving from one to the next
SLB Manager Logan Page rounds up the herd. Photo: R Ruiz
as the seasons dictate. The cows are currently in Smith Basin, just north of the main section of the McKenzie Table Top Preserve.
This year, SLB is offering custom packages as well as the 20, 40, 80, and 120 lb variety packs. Go to the SLB website for ordering information.
This spring is bringing lots of changes to SLB-- next month we'll highlight some of the exciting news.
| Open Houses and Member Days
The McKenzie Open House was a great success, with over 900 people visiting this beautiful preserve. But that's not all SFC has to offer-- come
A family walks the Discovery Loop, McKenzie. Photo: K Boysen
visit Fine Gold Creek for a dip in the creek and a walk through lush riparian habitat. Or climb Black Mtn and explore the higher elevation woodland. And don't forget: the McKenzie Preserve is open once again for members on Earth Day.
Click the links below for more info:
April 15th, 10am-4pm
April 22nd, 9am-4pm
|McKenzie Open House Volunteers|
Photo: K Boysen
Fine Gold Open House, 4/15.
A big event! Volunteers will help with set-up, tabling, and clean-up. Time
slots: 9:30-1:00, or 1:00-5:00.
Earth Day Mariposa Highway Clean-Up: 4/19. 4:00-5:30pm. As part of the Great American Cleanup, SFC is sponsoring a Highway Clean-Up on April 19th, 4:00-6:00pm.
McKenzie Member Day, 4/22. Volunteers needed to open gates, table, help with clean-up. Time slots: 8:30-12, 12:00-4:30.
Blk Mtn Open House, 5/13. Volunteers will open gates, table, help with clean-up. Time slots: 8:30-12, 12:00-4:30.
Piezometer Reading near Coulterville: Interested in learning about groundwater and participating in hydrologic monitoring? We need people do to weekly checks of our peizometers at our Bean Creek Preserve, NE of Coulterville.
For more information or to volunteer, call our Mariposa office (209)742-2556, or email Kristen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Hope to see you out and about! Email email@example.com for any questions, concerns, or for more information
Photography on the McKenzie Preserve
Sat., April 14, 2012 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve
Wildflowers on the McKenzie
Sun, April 15th
9:30AM to 3:00PM
Mckenzie Table Mtn Preserve
Fine Gold Creek Open House
Sun, April 15th
10:00 AM to 4:00PM
Ewell Fine Gold Creek Preserve
Earth Day Hike at Striped Rock
Sun., April 22nd
Striped Rock CE
Blk Mtn Summit Hike
Sat, April 21st
Blk Mtn Preserve
and many more...
|Popping California Poppies|
Did you know:
April 6th is CA Poppy Day
CA Poppy beat out the Mariposa Lily and the Maltija Poppy as CA's state flower in 1903.
Eschscholzia california grows best in dry, sunny locations, making the CA foothills an excellent habitat.
(photo by: K Boysen)
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