In 2015, we will complete five meadow restoration projects with our partners in five watersheds (see photo reel). This on-the-ground work is part of our conservation strategy that uses pilot projects to build momentum, galvanize partnerships, demonstra… Read more »
Sierra Meadow Restoration and Low Impact Development
Luke joined American Rivers in 2010. He leads American Rivers’ meadow restoration and headwaters conservation efforts in California. Prior to American Rivers, Luke helped start an innovation and engineering design group. He also worked on the antifreeze proteins found in Antarctic fish (including 100 under-ice scuba dives), and on habitat change in the Columbia River basin (including countless kayak surveys of the steeper tributaries). Luke has a Ph.D. in biomechanics and ecology from Stanford, where his dissertation focused on the nonlinear ecology of sea-level rise and climate change. Luke loves critically relevant science, testing strategies and stretching molds.
B.S. & M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University
Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University.
Blog Posts By This Author
“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down o… Read more »
Last weekend brought the first snows to the Sierra. Julie and I were lucky to be out in it– at 8000 feet with the Sierra Native Alliance’s Native Youth Conservation Corps. We were at the very headwaters of the Mokelumne River, planting hundreds of wil… Read more »
In California, millions of dollars in state water and climate change funding is dispersed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). For example, an estimated $420 million of the 2014 water bond would support clean water for DACs and $200 million in carbon c… Read more »
Using pond and plug techniques, the Indian Valley meadow in California is on the path to recovery | Luke Hunt In 2012, American Rivers and the US Forest Service received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Coca-Cola to restore In… Read more »
Hope Valley, CA | Sierra Native Alliance On Sunday, Native youth from the Sierra foothills and American Rivers’ staff got into the mud and planted hundreds of willows along an eroding stretch of Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek is the most recent in an 8-month s… Read more »
Great Gray Owl | Joe Medley, US Forest Service Somehow I heard it take flight as we stepped from the wet brush into the autumn meadow. It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving and I had enlisted my dad, son Jake, and a dear friend to help survey two tw… Read more »
This fall, to reduce the water footprint of their bottling plant east of San Francisco, Coca-Cola is teaming up with American Rivers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the US Forest Service and others to restore the Indian Valley meadow on the… Read more »
Erosion in Indian Valley, CA | Luke Hunt Meadow restoration is an important part of American Rivers’ work to safeguard California’s clean water at the headwaters, in the Sierra Nevada. During the last five years, American Rivers has collab… Read more »
Citizens of Mammoth, CA united to restore Snow Creek Meadow Preserve and turn it into a community asset. | Michael Swimmer Fifteen years ago Snow Creek Meadow Preserve was a nameless discarded place, the undevelopable floodplain around Mammoth’s… Read more »