I’m looking to understand appropriate vegetation species for seeding meadow restoration projects in particular meadows throughout north-central Sierra Nevada (mostly on eastern slope). Unfortunately, my current project scope cannot include detailed field surveys, though I’ve been to each site, know some common species, soil conditions and hydrology…
I have lists of planted species in older restoration projects and want to understand what’s a good fit for a place versus what’s obviously imported from a different distributional area (e.g. may be a native plant in California but not that particular region). So far, I’m primarily using Calflora to look at distribution for each species, but also seek to consider soils, hydrology, communities. Curious if there are other resources I should consider, so I’ve listed my current bibliography below. Thanks in advance for any suggestions, eager to learn!
Online Databases, Search Tools, and Keys
Calflora - https://www.calflora.org/
Jepson eFlora - https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/
Calscape - https://calscape.org/
CNPS Manual of CA Vegetation Online https://vegetation.cnps.org/
Flora and Field Guide Books and Reports
Blackwell, L.R., 2002. Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra and adjoining Mojave Desert and Great Basin. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton.
Blackwell, L.R. (Laird R., 1999. Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley, Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley, Lone Pine field guide. Lone Pine Pub., Edmonton, Alb. ;
Brainerd, R.E., Otting, N., Lytjen, D., Newhouse, B., Wilson, B.L., 2014. Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd ed. OSU Press.
Graf, M., 1999. Plants of the Tahoe Basin: Flowering Plants, Trees, and Ferns: a Photographic Guide. University of California Press.
Hurd, E.G., Goodrich, S., Shaw, N.L., 1994. Field guide to Intermountain rushes (No. INT-GTR-306). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station, Ogden, UT.
Lorenzana, J.A., Weixelman, D.A., Gross, S.E., 2017. Plant Guide for Resource Managers: Field reference for common plant species in the Pacific Southwest Region, USFS R5-TP-042,178 pp.
Smith, J.P., 2014. Field guide to grasses of California, California Natural History Guides ; Number 110. University of California Press, Oakland, California.
Weeden, N., 1986. A Sierra Nevada flora, 3rd ed. ed. Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA.
Weixelman, D., 1996. Central Nevada Riparian Field Guide 271 pp.
Weixelman, D., 1999. Eastern Sierra Nevada Riparian Field Guide 263 pp.
Montane Sierra Nevada Vegetation
Faber, P., Keeler-Wolf, T. (Eds.), 2003. Ch 7. Vegetation Types in Montane and Transmontane California, in: Introduction to California Plant Life. University of California Press, pp. 199–228.
Fites-Kaufman, J.A., Rundel, P., Stephenson, N., Weixelman, D.A., 2007. Montane and Subalpine Vegetation of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, in: Barbour, M. (Ed.), Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition. University of California Press, pp. 456–501.