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Grass Valley, Calif. October 29, 2018 – Sierra Science Lecture Series presents Rachel Hutchinson who will lead an informative talk about meadow restoration. The presentation will be held on Tuesday evening, November 13th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building N-12, at the Nevada County Campus. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6:00 pm.

Sierra Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) work to restore Yuba headwater meadows has been driven by the desire to answer questions about how restoration efforts benefit meadow ecosystems. In partnership with the Tahoe National Forest, SYRCL implemented a meadow restoration project at Loney Meadow in 2017. Starting in 2014, SYRCL implemented a BACI (before, after, control, impact) design to understand how vegetation, groundwater and surface hydrology, carbon, greenhouse gases, and aquatic species would be impacted by the restoration project. This talk will provide an overview of SYRCL’s restoration goals, monitoring efforts and provide initial results from the hydrology, vegetation, and carbon monitoring. The Cosponsor of the Sierra Science Lecture Series is the Sierra Streams Institute https://sierrastreamsinstitute.org/.

About Our Presenter:

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Rachel Hutchinson is the River Science Director at The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). Her work is focused on SYRCL’s conservation, restoration, monitoring, dam relicensing, and education programs. Since joining SYRCL in 2013, she has focused on implementing data driven restoration projects at both the headwaters and in the lower Yuba River that allow for the quantification of restoration benefits. Ms. Hutchinson previously worked at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences where she spent ten years studying riparian ecology on many rivers in California. Rachel received her master’s degree in Water Resources from The University of Idaho where she studied how floodplain restoration projects impacted invasive species and native recruitment on the Lower Cosumnes River.

Location and Parking

The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Talks are in the Multipurpose Center Building N-12.

Parking is $3, and you can purchase permits at the kiosk machine at the main entrance to the campus.