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Research Project Description

Management of Leonard Lake

  • Issue

    Leonard Lake, CA. Photo by Lisa Thompson.
    Leonard Lake is the largest natural lake in Mendocino County, and is located approximately 140 miles north of San Francisco, California. The managers of the lake are interested in the current state of the lake, and in managing it sustainably for future generations.

  • Objectives

    We seek to characterize the limnology of the lake at the present time, and to provide a baseline for comparison with future changes such as those that might be anticipated with climate change.

  • Research Activities

    We conduct an annual mid-summer limnological survey, plus continuous monitoring of air and water temperature across the summer season.

  • Results

    We are currently in the fifth year of this project and are in the process of analyzing the data set.

  • Outcomes and Impacts

    Residents at the lake have been briefed on our methods and preliminary results, and have participated in the surveys. Lake managers are using our preliminary data to inform current lake management decisions.

  • Photos
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  • Supporting Information

    Thompson, Lisa C., Christopher M. Dewees, and Christine M. Dewees. 2009. Limnology and fish of Leonard Lake, Mendocino County, California in 2007 and 2008. 8 August 2009. Cooperators Report, 35 p.

  • Acknowledgements

    This project is funded by the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • For more information contact

    Dr. Lisa C. Thompson

    Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology Department
    University of California, Davis

    Email: lcthompson@ucdavis.edu
    Phone: (530) 754-5732