Since 2013 we have served as biological consultants to the Truckee River Watershed Council for the Lacey Meadows watershed in Sierra County. The watershed contains Webber Lake, a private recreation lake, and more than 1,000 acres of high-quality montane meadow habitat. The meadow complex has been seasonally grazed by sheep for decades, leading to meadow degradation. Our work at Lacey Meadows included an initial watershed assessment, CEQA document, wetland delineation, development of habitat restoration plans and specifications, and other ecological services. As part of a project team, H. T. Harvey & Associates led the ecological aspects of the watershed assessment, including characterizing vegetation communities, conducting habitat assessments for various species such as the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, and identifying forest management and livestock grazing related actions that would enhance the ecological functions and values of the watershed. Our team also:
led the development of an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Regional Water Quality Control Board to facilitate CEQA review of a proposed stream and meadow restoration project for Lacey Meadows
prepared landscape elements of a 60% design-level plan set for the restoration project
completed detailed habitat mapping and a meadow ecological assessment to document the baseline conditions of the meadow prior to implementation of the planned restoration project.