This mapping documents the changes in extent and condition of vernal pool habitat in the Great Valley between 2005 and 2018. It also inlcudes information based on a 2012 remapping effort. "Vernal pool habitat" is defined as vernal pools and the surrounding upland (typically grassland) habitat matrix. The 2005 basemap was created by using double-blind mapping protocol and included 21.4 million acres in and surrounding the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. The area included in the 2012 remapping effort focused on the 807,820 acres identified in the 2005 map and areas immediately surrounding the previously mapped polygons. The area included in the 2018 remapping again focused on previously mapped habitat and surrounding areas. Special attention was paid in counties where habitat has been created through mitigation banking. The result of the 2018 remapping shows 735,820 acres of extant habitat. This is down from 2005, a net reduction of 70,482 acres. Habitat actually was eliminated from 76,023 acres, but these losses were partially off-set by mitigation banks built and by acres that we missed in the original mapping. In the thirteen years since the Recovery Plan was adopted, some 5,848 acres per year on average have been lost.
Friday, December 31, 2021
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Type of Data:
GIS vector dataset
Programs and Focus Areas:
Environmental Informatics Program
Wetland Monitoring & Assessment
Related Projects, News, and Events:
Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration and Protection CRAM Tools for the Central Valley, CA (Project)
The California Wetland Program Plan (WPP) seeks to strengthen protection for wetlands in many ways, including building capacity to track the net benefits of wetland policies and programs by employing aspects of the State’s Wetlands and Riparian Area Monitoring Plan (WRAMP).