High elevation meadows are among the most unique and valuable habitat in the Sierra Nevada region, providing a disproportionate number of ecosystem services compared to the area they cover. The Sierra Fund’s focus on meadows aims to increase the pace and scale of meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada to the benefit of communities and ecosystems.
Prior to the 19th century Gold Rush, the Sierra Nevada was inhabited by the indigenous communities who had established hunting grounds on the hillsides surrounding wet mountain meadows for thousands of years. With the colonization of California and the beginning of domestic livestock grazing, European immigrants capitalized on the value of the lush open spaces, displacing the TribalNation People. Today, scientists and ecologists strive to restore the function and resiliency of meadow ecosystems.