SPAWN monitors coho salmon smolts in San Geronimo Creek. Photo by SPAWN

By Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) This year’s coho salmon smolt season in Marin County’s San Geronimo Creek marked a significant year for the endangered species! After installing a fyke net trap on San Geronimo Creek—the largest free-flowing tributary to Lagunitas Creek—and monitoring coho migration for seven weeks in mid-April, the Salmon Protection And…

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An aerial view of the proposed site for teh Nordic Aquafarms facility on the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt Bay, CA. Photo NAF Archives

By Salmonid Restoration Foundation In May 2020, the Salmonid Restoration Foundation (SRF) was awarded a grant from the Rose Foundation’s California Watershed Protection Fund for its project on Humboldt Bay Aquaculture Research, Outreach, and Education. This project proposes to track the Nordic Aquafarms project (NAF), advocate on behalf of the community, communicate important information to…

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image of a Roosevelt Elk eating grass in the wild

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that Treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD), a bacterial-associated syndrome causing severe lameness in elk, has been discovered in elk in Del Norte County. TAHD is already present in elk in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The current disease appears traceable to earlier outbreaks in herds in Southwest Washington in the mid-’90s. From their experience, we understand that this disease is likely to cause significant disruptions to California’s elk.

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Spring wildflowers putting on a show at the Lost Coast Education Center (pictured in the background) and Native Plant Garden. Photo by Cheryl Lisin, Friends of the Lost Coast

The Lost Coast Education Center is located at the BLM’s King Range Office Campus, serving as our home-base and a gateway to learning, discovery, activities, and inspiration for and about the natural wonders of the King Range National Conservation Area.

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man in woods squatting down looking up at flying drone in the foreground.
James Lamping of Humbots Data Analysis tests a remote sensing drone at Jackson Demonstration State Forest. Photo by Joe Snipes, Humbots Data Analysis.

The Tenmile Creek Watershed Forest Health Pilot Project will begin in July 2020, thanks to funding provided by the North Coast Resource Partnership’s Demonstration Program. The Eel River Recovery Project identified forest health and elevated evapotranspiration of over-stocked forests in Tenmile Creek tributaries as a problem constraining stream flow (see related ERRP article) and began to explore whether there might be funds available to remedy the problem. A second major long-term objective is carbon sequestration to moderate climate change at the Eel River watershed scale.

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Protestors holding sign reading "Un-Dam the Klamath"

By Save California Salmon Tribes, Fishermen, Conservationists Applaud Newsom’s Letter to Business Mogul Sacramento, Calif. — On July 29th, California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to Warren Buffett and leaders at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) urging the company to stick to an agreement to remove four aging Klamath River hydroelectric dams along the California-Oregon border.…

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A woman standing at mic, with child beside her, and an elder woman in a wheelchair holding a painted sign reading "Free our Salmon" Students hold a banner behind them reading "No More Water for Profit!"

The speaker series focuses on the state of California’s salmon, culture, and advocacy, as well as environmental justice for Tribal communities, sustainable food systems, direct action, and allyship with Indigenous movements. Along with being available on Zoom, the series will be broadcast live on Humboldt State’s NAS Facebook pages and posted on YouTube for use by educators. Registered attendees will have the option of obtaining a Certificate in Advocacy & Water Protection.

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Since August 2018, the Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) has been working on the Tenmile Creek Conservation and Restoration Pilot Project funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) using Prop 1 grant funds. The project aims to fix riparian zones, control erosion, and plan for water conservation in two important fish-producing tributaries, Streeter Creek and Big Rock Creek. The culminating product of the grant is the Tenmile Creek Watershed Conservation and Restoration Action Plan, which is available for review at www.eelriverrecovery.org (comments accepted until July 22).

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These four concrete barriers on Alderpoint Road in Trees Foundation's hometown of Garberville, CA are known to mysteriously change periodically to reflect the times. The message "Ditch the Systemic Racism" appeared shortly after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and remains today. Photo by Kerry Reynolds.

The U.S. legacy of slavery and systemic racism has enabled Big Oil to commit legions of environmental crimes and human rights abuses, especially against brown-skinned people in developing nations, while accelerating the climate crisis. We’ll never be able to stop the machine of domination that is rapidly destroying our ecosystems until we acknowledge how our values and actions support and permit it.

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