About Dam Time!

“The purpose of us coming out was to simply commemorate the next phase of restoring health to the river,” stated Clayton Creager

Downriver Communities Celebrate as Klamath Reservoir Drawdown Begins By Regina Chichizola, Save California Salmon A few months after removal of the Copco 2 Dam on the Klamath River in October, 2023, Tribal members and scientists studying the river braved a cold, icy morning on January 11, 2024 to join the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC)…

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Restoring Beneficial Fire in the Klamath Mountains: A Long Time Coming

Junction Elementary School students and other local youth comprised the firing team on the 2023 Butler RX Burn. All photos this article courtesy MKWC

By Will Harling, Mid Klamath Watershed Council In the Klamath Mountains in California, and across the nation, 2023 was a turning point for fire. After decades of grassroots organizing underscored by ever more catastrophic wildfires that have shown the folly of attempts to take fire out of fire-dependent ecosystems, we are seeing promising gains in…

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KS Wild’s PLAY Program: Public Lands And You!

Peakbagging at Condrey Mountain Schist, along the Siskiyou Crest and nearby is Alex Hole where KS Wild works to protect high elevation wetland meadow from unauthorized grazing cattle. Photo by George Sexton

By Allee Gustafson, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildands Center What mountain range runs east to west in the Klamath Siskiyous, is an important wildlife connectivity coordinator, and is a botanically diverse hotspot? It’s the Siskiyou Mountains! Located along the border of Oregon and California, they connect with the Coastal, Klamath, and Cascade mountain ranges. The Siskiyou Mountains are…

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Shasta River’s Safe Harbor Agreement Not Safe for Salmon

A 1894 Bridge off of Louie Road, on CDFW Safe Harbor property, overlooking a lot of algae in the Shasta River. Photo by David Webb

By Amber Jamieson, Water Advocacy Director, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) Earth Day is about protecting our planet! The Pacific Northwest has been at the forefront of the environmental movement since its inception, helping to shape and enforce environmental laws. From forest defense to water wars, our community remains at the heart of efforts to…

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Tenmile Creek Watershed Forest Health Grant

ERRP and Elk Ridge Tree Service Team on Febuary 15, 2024, in the Usal Forest with (l to r) Will Emerson, Willie Grover, Ben O’Neil, Steve Brown, and Jessica Martinelli. Forest behind the group is pre-treatment.

Planning for Action By Pat Higgins, ERRP Managing Director The Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) is the recipient of a CAL FIRE Climate Change Initiative (CCI) grant awarded in August 2023 that runs through March 2028. More than 818 acres of forest land will be treated using thinning from below and prescribed fire. Acquisition of…

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California Buckeye

Panicle: a loose branching cluster of flowers. All photos this article by Cheryl Lisen Panicle: a loose branching cluster of flowers. All photos this article by Cheryl Lisen

Aesculus californica One of the first native plants to leaf out each year is California buckeye. Buckeyes don’t even wait for spring, leafing out in mid-winter, when moisture from rains is abundant. In California’s dry summer climate, many native plants have adapted to grow during the wet season and go dormant in the dry season;…

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Forest Health and Fire Resources Program Update

Burning tenaa, also known as dogbane, when it is dormant helps clean up decaying stalks, adds nutrients to the soil, and can help reduce competing grasses. Photo by Alicia Bales

Southern Humboldt Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Project The Trees Foundation Forest Health and Fire Resources Program has been hard at work in 2024. We began the year collaborating with project partners California State Parks, Humboldt Redwood Company, Briceland Fire, Elk Ridge Forestry, Eel River Wailaki (ERW), Native Health in Native Hands (NHNH), and numerous…

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The Richard Gienger Report

This shows the special headwaters of the Mainstem Eel River above the Scott Dam (foreground). About 288 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat has been blocked for more than a century. Photo by EcoFlight

The following is an open letter I wrote in early December 2023. It remains valid today and in the coming months and years as an effort to reform (“modernize”) forest stewardship that includes a model of co-management. Perhaps the most appropriate and pressing place to achieve this is the 50,000-acre Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF).…

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26th Annual Coho Confab

The Smith River

September 13-15, 2024, Smith River By Salmonid Restoration Federation SRF, with the support of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will host the 26th Annual Coho Confab at the beautiful Rock Creek Ranch on the South Fork of the Smith River. The pristine Smith River is the largest undammed river in California and is located…

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Every Day is Earth Day

While for many of us “Every day is Earth Day,” Trees Foundation is highlighting the annual renewal of our commitment to the Earth with this issue of Forest and River News. We hope the community joins us this Earth Day on April 22nd—the “how” is up to you! We suggest simply getting outside, taking a…

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