Redwood Creek Watershed Assignment

Redwood Creek Watershed
The purpose of this project was to develop a comprehensive assessment of the Redwood Creek watershed involving diverse stakeholder groups and relevant public agencies that will guide management and monitoring of the Redwood Creek watershed. In addition to assisting NPS and other public agency partners in making land management decisions.

In 2002, public agencies in the Redwood Creek watershed joined with stakeholders and the public to define the Desired Future Conditions (DFCs) of the watershed (Vick 2003). The purpose of this process was to create a document based on consensus that outlines common goals for managing the watershed. This process provided the foundation for the watershed assessment.

The watershed assessment provided the scientific foundation needed to make informed resource decisions in the watershed and required by the watershed vision. Since the data collection and analyses spanned jurisdictional boundaries and include all agencies in the watershed, the project provided a foundation for future cooperative, interagency watershed management. Specifically, the objectives of the project were: assess and describe historic, current, and potential future watershed conditions; identify parameters for assessing ecosystem health in the watershed; identify and prioritize restoration and management actions for watershed; and develop a technically sound monitoring and adaptive management framework to support agency decision-making in the watershed, including methods to address existing data gaps.

The watershed characterization chapter (attached herein)can be used to: (1) identify key issues for watershed management within the framework outlined by the DFCs, (2) identify where natural resources and processes are most affected by agency management, and (3) identify actions that are likely to improve watershed health. Together with other chapters in the assessment, including a "Human Uses and Values" chapter, the watershed characterization provides an information base for addressing critical management issues. In summary, this document is intended to facilitate joint and/or coordinated efforts to improve the health and management of Redwood Creek watershed.

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Michael Savidge
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This chapter of the Redwood Creek watershed Assessment presents a natural resource characterization of the Redwood Creek watershed in Marin County, California. It incorporates information and analysis from the Redwood Creek Watershed Existing Conditions report (Golden Gate National Recreation Area [GGNRA] 2003), synthesis and analysis of water quality and flow data available as of October 2005, and updated information from recent existing studies.

The information provided in this chapter can be used to: (1) identify key issues for watershed management within the framework outlined by the Desired Future Conditions (DFC's), (2) identify where natural resources and processes are most affected by agency management, and (3) identify actions that are likely to improve watershed health. Together with Human Uses and Values Chapter, the watershed characterization provides an information base for addressing critical management issues. This document is intended to facilitate joint and/or coordinated efforts to improve the health and management of Redwood Creek watershed.

Successful management of the Redwood Creek watershed requires a coordinated effort among the watershed's public and private landowners and resource managers. To develop this coordinated effort, public agencies* in the Redwood Creek watershed joined with the public to create a "watershed vision." This vision provides a foundation for land managers, residents, and businesses to manage the watershed for its ecosystem function, local residents and visitors, educational opportunities, cultural and agricultural resources, recreation, and rural character.

 

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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