Carman Watershed Restoration Project Phase 2

Status Completed County Plumas
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 39.70514° N, -120.43435° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 375.0 Last Updated 20 May 2021
Project Abstract The Carman Creek Watershed Restoration Phase 2 project was funded under a CDFW Proposition 1 Grant with Sierra Valley RCD (SVRCD) as grantee, in cooperation with the CVWP, and the TNF Sierraville Ranger District. Approximately 375-acres and 10,000 lineal feet of gully was restored within Folchi Meadows and nearby streams.
Project Groups Sierra Meadows Partnership
Administrative Region California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Hildie Spautz, CDFW

Project Identification

P1796015 CDFW - Prop 1 Grant ID

Habitat Plan

Site NamePhaseActivitySubActivitiesHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Folchi Meadows None Restoration/Re-establishment Wildlife-specific Measures Seasonal Wetland Grassland and associated wetland 375.0 Completed Seasonal non-tidal

Related Habitat Impacts

Impact Project NameHabitatAcres LostType of Loss
No Data


Folchi Meadows Completed 375.0
Folchi Meadows Railroad Grade Completed No Data
Site #4 Carman Creek Completed No Data
Site #8 Completed No Data


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2020-04-30 Phase end Carman Watershed Restoration Project Phase 2 Completion Date Folchi Meadows
2020-03-31 Monitoring end Folchi Meadows
2020-03-02 Report Carman Watershed Restoration Project Monitoring Report Completed (Baseline and Construction Monitoring) Folchi Meadows
2019-10-01 Groundwork end Construction Activities Complete Folchi Meadows
2019-06-01 Groundwork start Construction Activities Initiated Folchi Meadows
2018-10-24 Permit Department of Fish and Wildlife Final Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement Received
2018-10-24 Other All Project Permits Attained Folchi Meadows
2018-01-01 Project start date Estimated date
2018-01-01 Monitoring start Folchi Meadows


Contractor Karri Smith Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District Not applicable/Unknown


None Restoration/Re-establishment CDFW Prop 1 - Watershed Restoration Grant Program $589,732

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
No Data
Name File Type Submitted On Submitted By
Carman Watershed Restoration Project Phase 2 Monitoring Report Monitoring Report 2020-03-23 Karri A. Smith, K.A. Smith Consulting, Inc.
Carman Watershed Restoration Project Phase 2 Post-Construction and Adaptive Management Monitoring Report Monitoring Report 2020-03-23 Karri A. Smith, K.A. Smith Consulting, Inc.

How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker ( The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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