Hayfork Creek, 1963. Close-up of Pacific lamprey moving up steep rocks at natural waterfall, pre-fish ladder. Photo provided by Damon Goodman, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

By Lenya Quinn-Davidson On a typical summer weekend in the late 1990s, you might have found me amid other teenagers, all lounging in the sun a few miles up the road from my house at one of our favorite swimming holes. At this place, the cool waters of Hayfork Creek tumble through a series of…

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Prosper Ridge Prarie Restoration Phase 7 Map, May 2020. Map by Hugh McGee

By Hugh McGee, Program Director,Mattole Restoration Council Over the past several years Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) has been working with the Mattole Salmon Group, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), various federal and state agencies, and local contractors to implement multiple phases of two important ecosystem restoration projects in the King Range National Conservation Area:…

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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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Sproul Creek Photo by Katrina Nystrom

By Salmonid Restoration Federation The South Fork Eel River provides critical habitat for coho salmon and other aquatic species including steelhead, red-tailed frogs, lamprey, and Pacific giant salamanders. Juvenile salmon utilize different parts of the watershed from the tributaries to the mainstem during various stages of their life cycle. The forested tributaries of the South…

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Mid-Eel Watershed Steward and Round Valley elder Ron Lincoln Sr., with his granddaughter Hazel at left, giving the blessing at teh Round Valley Salmon Awareness Festival in 2016.

This spring, Trees Foundation was thrilled to welcome Mid-Eel Watershed Stewards (MEWS) into our Fiscal Sponsorship umbrella. Fiscal Sponsorship is one of the primary ways that Trees Foundation supports the North Coast grassroots environmental community. It allows groups to move swiftly forward in accomplishing their objectives, while we handle the 501(c)3 bookkeeping and financial reporting required to accept tax-deductible donations and grant funding. We asked MEWS founding member Mickey Bailey to share more with Forest & River News readers about this emerging organization.

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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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photo of blooming yellow and orange wildflowers with large barn in the background.
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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