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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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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Save California Salmon Tribal Water Organizer Morning Star Gali (in center of photograph with fist raised) advocated with other Indigenous activists for the removal of this statue of John Sutter. The statue stood outside Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, CA for many years until this day on June 15, 2020. Sutter was a 19th century European colonizer of California who enslaved hundreds of Native Americans. Photo by H.J. Tsinhnahjinnie

“…We’re in a moment when people are paying attention to that, and people are listening to us, and people are listening when we say that it’s time to tear down white supremacy, it’s time to get rid of these racist statues, that we don’t need monuments to genocide anymore. That’s part of why I’m here, to help give my community that platform so then they’ll be able to tell their own stories in their own voices.”

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Mature forest felled on RAinbow Ridge. This is what is at issue on Rainbow Ridge: the last remnants of mature forest. Photo by Mattole Forest Defense

Insist on California setting a course that will take generations of commitment to return healthy, high-quality forests to our region—and not settle for 5 years of “stepped-up pace and scale” of thinning and prescribed fire. Attaining larger and older trees is integral to fighting climate change and as necessary as human communities’ need to reform settlement patterns and impacts. See Why Forests Matter’s website, and for California’s emergency moving parts, processes, documents, and recordings, go to

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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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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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