Large-scale Inventories and Monitoring

Taking the Pulse of the Mountain: Large-scale Inventories

Streams, wetlands, forests, meadows, and wildlife—none of these important mountain denizens know or care where we chose to draw our jurisdictional lines. As such, it makes sense to do large-scale monitoring, inventories, and surveys of these resources collaboratively and across boundaries.

Mt. Tam’s land managing agencies have widely varying amounts of information on these vital resources. Critical knowledge gaps exist, and by working together through the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, large-scale inventories and monitoring can fill these gaps and address outstanding questions in a more efficient manner.

A comprehensive, big-picture view of the mountain’s resources will allow managers to prioritize restoration and protection efforts and allocate resources in new ways. It will help them to plan for shifts in hydrology, habitats, and wildlife as a result of climate change, and understand, measure, and track crucial ecosystem services like water filtration, pollination, and carbon storage. It will also provide a benchmark by which to measure the impacts of restoration and stewardship work.

Credit: John Weller

Large-scale inventories will help managers understand how to better protect Mt. Tam’s wildlife corridors, streams, and forests

Pilot projects testing different ways to try to save Mt. Tam’s forests in the face of Sudden Oak Death are among the programs that will benefit from large-scale monitoring

Surveys are needed to help protect Mt. Tam’s precious water resources

Monitoring will help land managers understand how Mt. Tam’s pollinators are faring

Although lichens are sensitive to pollution and good indicators of ecosystem health, there are currently no lichen or moss inventories for Mt. Tam