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Level 2 California Rapid Assessment Method CRAM

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Purpose Provide timely, standardized, inexpensive assessments of wetland and riparian condition

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Geographic Scope: All wetlands of all types in California lacustrine, estuarine, coastal lagoon, riverine and riparian, depressional, vernal pools, playas, seeps and springs Initial focus is on coastal watersheds

What is CRAM?: 

Expert “walk and talk” diagnostic tool A standard set of questions with mutually exclusive multiple choice answers for each wetland class Less than 4 hrs of field time per assessment for 2-3 person team Required expertise comparable to jurisdictional delineation What is CRAM?

Attributes of Condition, which have: 

Attributes of Condition, which have Metrics, which have Alternative States, which have Scores (relative to best achievable) Hierarchy of CRAM Structure Wetland Sites, have one or more Assessment Areas, for which there are Same for all Wetlands Classes Vary among Wetland Classes

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Four CRAM Attributes Wetland Condition Landscape Context Hydrology Physical Structure Biotic Structure

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Landscape Context Hydrology Physical Structure Biotic Structure Buffer Landscape Connectivity CRAM Attributes & Metrics Wetland Condition

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Buffer Hydrology Physical Structure Biotic Structure Water Source Hydrologic Connectivity Hydroperiod CRAM Attributes & Metrics Wetland Condition

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Buffer Hydrology Physical Structure Biotic Structure Structural Patch Richness Topographic Complexity CRAM Attributes & Metrics Wetland Condition

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Buffer Hydrology Physical Structure Biotic Structure Organic Matter Accumulation Vertical Biotic Structure Interspersion & Zonation Plant Comm. Composition CRAM Attributes & Metrics Wetland Condition

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Stressors are Identified Wetland Condition Landscape Context Hydrology Physical Structure Biotic Structure Stressor Checklist

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Reference Concepts Metrics are scored relative to the best achievable condition, which is standardized throughout the state for each wetland class. A network of low to high scoring reference sites is needed for each wetland class in each region.

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Next Steps CRAM 4.3 and CRAM IT for 2007 will include adjustments based on 2006 field experience.

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Wetland Tracker

Wetland Tracker: 

Wetland Tracker Information system for wetlands and riparian habitat Methodology Field software Website

Goals: 

Goals Track net change in extent and condition of habitat Enhance stewardship of habitat

Geographic Scope: 

Geographic Scope Designed for: all of California Data available for: San Francisco Bay (Region 2) baylands; Limited data available for: Central Coast (Region 3), Morro Bay region Data collection: Southern California Coast

Information in Tracker: 

Information in Tracker Maps of current and historical wetlands Inventory of wetland projects Selected wetland condition (CRAM)

Information in Tracker: 

Information in Tracker Maps of current and historical wetland Inventory of wetland projects Selected wetland condition (CRAM)

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Wetland Project Inventory List of projects

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Wetland Project Inventory List of projects Map of projects

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Wetland Project Inventory List of projects Map of projects Project information

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Status: Planned, In-progress, completed Details: Size, planned habitat, contacts, events, etc. File library: permit documents, project maps, performance criteria, monitoring reports

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Status: Planned, In-progress, completed Details: Size, planned habitat, contacts, events, etc. File library: permit documents, project maps, performance criteria, monitoring reports

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Wetland Project Inventory List of projects Map of projects Project information Summary reports

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Information Flow

Information in Tracker: 

Information in Tracker Maps of current and historical wetland habitats Inventory of permitted wetland projects Selected wetland condition (CRAM results)

Information in Tracker: 

Information in Tracker Maps of current and historical wetland habitats Inventory of permitted wetland projects Selected wetland condition (CRAM results)

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Discussion Tracking net change is not the job of any particular agency, department, or program Tracking net change

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Discussion Tracking tools must provide a net benefit to existing programs, which in turn can help track net change

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Discussion Example: Track 401 projects in ways helpful to the Water Boards. Tracking net change can be accomplished as a byproduct of 401 permitting.

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Discussion What other programs might benefit from helping to track net change?

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Discussion Project tracking priorities

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Discussion Priority 1: 401 projects Priority 2: CDFG 1600 projects, State Refuges and Parks Other Priority 2: Federal 404 projects, Grant Projects (e.g., habitat projects funded through Consolidated State Grants, Proposition 84, 319h, etc).

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