The Museum of Northern Arizona Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI), in cooperation with the Tuolumne River Trust, is requesting $62,462.29 in funding from the Serra Nevada Conservancy's Proposition 84 Healthy Forests and Abandoned Mine Lands funding program to develop background information of the Stanislaus National Forest regarding the condition of up to 80 existing springs within the Rim Fire burn area.
The actual number of springs that SSI is able to visit depends on a number of factors including the condition of roads, logging traffic on roads, and travel time to the springs are variables that may impede SSI's ability to visit 80 springs.
It is anticipated that SSI would complete the spring inventory during two (2) 14 day trips to the Stanislaus National Forest during late summer 2014. The first trip would be August 18-September 4 and the second trip would be September 15-28. A third trip, if necessary would be scheduled for October. Once field activities are complete, staff would finalize the inventory, enter the data into the GDE database, complete a QA/QC, and deliver the finished product to the Tuolumne River Trust (TRT), Stanislaus National Forest (STF), and Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) by October 31, 2014 for review.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded a meadow assessment that will result in document identifying future meadow restoration needs within the Rim Fire area. This information, in combination with the results of the springs inventory, can be utilized by the Forest Service to determine restoration needs and proposed actions for implementation projects.
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