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State provides funds for research, meadow restoration

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Assemblyman Brian Dahle presents South Yuba River Citizens League officials witha $567,480 check Wednesday. From left: Nevada County Supervisor Richard Anderson, Dahle, CDFW Regional Manager Tina Bartlett, SYRCL River Science Director Rachel Hutchinson, Tahoe National Forest Watershed Program Manager Carol Purchase, and SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick.

Assemblyman Brian Dahle and officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday presented the South Yuba River Citizens League with a check totaling $567,480 to support greenhouse gas research and meadow restoration in the Tahoe National Forest. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is disbursing cap-and-trade funds through the Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program to address climate change impacts.

The project is part of a collaborative effort among many Sierra Nevada agencies and organizations to develop an accredited method for measuring the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission benefits of meadow restoration. Carbon sequestration is the long-term storage of carbon dioxide or other forms of carbon which mitigates the effects of climate change.

Greenhouse gas emissions, specifically of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane, are thought to decrease when wet meadows are in functional health.

In addition to the Tahoe National Forest and SYRCL, the Sierra Meadow Restoration Research Partnership includes California Trout, the Plumas Corporation, the Truckee River Watershed Council, the University of Nevada at Reno, California State University Chico, and the University of California, Merced and Davis.

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