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Sierra College to discuss Sierra meadow restoration

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As part of the new Sierra Science Speaker Series, the Nevada County Campus welcomes Luke Hunt in a presentation titled "Sierra Meadow Restoration: Using Data to Jumpstart a Movement."

This presentation and discussion will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 13, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6 p.m.

Hunt earned his B.S. and M.S. in earth systems at Stanford, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in biomechanics and ecology, where his dissertation focused on the nonlinear ecology of sea-level rise and climate change. Since 2010, Hunt has worked for American Rivers on Sierra meadow restoration and low impact development.

"Meadows are beautiful, iconic, sublime," Hunt said. "They are also biodiversity hotspots and important components of our water infrastructure. I will talk about impacts to meadows dating back to the gold rush, and what we are doing to reverse those changes. One tool that has proven invaluable for galvanizing restoration efforts is a scorecard for meadow health — which meadows need help and which ones should be preserved? One reason the scorecard has been successful is that we developed it and we apply it in collaboration with land managers and people with diverse interests.

"My goal for the evening is to help you see meadows in a new light, so you notice more the next time you visit one of these amazing places."

This presentation is free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley. Parking is $3 on campus and can be purchased at the kiosk machine at the main entrance to the campus.

For more information about this presentation and others in this series, contact the series coordinator Jason Giuliani at

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