Streamflow and Habitat Enhancement in North Fork Lost River

One of two streamflow augmentation ponds constructed this summer. Revegetation of the pond sites with native grasses and sedges will occur this fall and winter.  photo by Ash Brookens

By Ash Brookens, Sanctuary Forest In the fall of 2021, Sanctuary Forest was awarded $2 million in funding by the Wildlife Conservation Board to implement a multifaceted project on the North Fork of Lost River, a Class I tributary to the Mattole River, with the goal of improving conditions for native coho and their supporting…

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Marshall Ranch Flow-Enhancement Implementation Project Gets Green Light

The flow enhancement project includes two off-channel ponds, one on this upper terrace and the other on a lower terrace adjacent to Redwood Creek. photo courtesy SRF

Innovative water storage and release plans aim to connect and cool Redwood Creek in late summer Salmonid Restoration Federation South Fork Eel residents may enjoy a seemingly endless summer, but this long dry season impairs water quality for aquatic species and water reliability for landowners. Since 2013, Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) has been monitoring flows…

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Editor’s Note

View from Chapman Ranch in Salmon Creek, CA, where work has begun on a 200-acre shaded fuel break, which is part of the Mattole and Salmon Creek Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Project. Photo by Eleonore Jordan Anderson

What is a healthy forest? To the untrained eye, any forest with green trees might appear healthy. However, it takes knowledge, skills, and experience to see the forest through the trees, to see past what the forest is now to what it was, and most importantly, to what it is becoming.  So, what does make…

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“Stacking” Restoration Strategies for Greater Impact on Water Flows in the Mattole

A completed log weir (left) and beaver dam analog (right) in the South Fork of Lost River.

Understanding the Complicated Relationship of Hydrology and Geology By Anna Rogers, Sanctuary Forest, Inc. Since 2002, when the community called upon Sanctuary Forest to help address low-flow problems in the upper Mattole, we’ve been busily applying ourselves, trying different strategies to reduce the effects of drought and legacy impacts. We’ve worked closely with the community…

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Annual Pikeminnow Dive Provides Insight
into Health of South Fork Eel River

ERRP in the river
Phil Georgakakos gets ready for plunge into deep high gradient riffle with Stella Stein trailing him. Photo by Pat Higgins

By Eel River Restoration Project The seventh annual Eel River Recovery Project pikeminnow survey of a key reach of the South Fork Eel River took place on June 28th and 29th. It was determined that despite the population of this non-native predator remaining high, there were a surprising number of salmon and steelhead juveniles and…

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Grassroots Spotlight: Native Health in Native Hands

Ernest Lincoln, on the far left, holds a canoe paddle and sits in the canoe that he and other Wailaki are building as a renewal of an ancient cultural tradition. To his right is Erin Gates, the Deputy District Superintendent for California State Park’s North Coast Redwood District, along with other participants and supporters of the redwood canoe project.

Revitalizing Wailaki Cultural Practices By Kerry Reynolds, Organizational Development & Partner Support, Trees Foundation In late 2021, an email came into Trees Foundation that asked about our mapmaking services. That was nothing unusual—GIS mapmaking is one of our most popular services. Little did I know then, that we had just made contact with Perry Lincoln,…

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Public Records Requests and the Maintenance of Democracy

One of the documents released by CAL FIRE in response to the author’s August, 2021 request: an invoice for six days of private security in the Caspar 500 THP.

A Jackson Demonstration State Forest Case Study Implicit in a democratic process is the notion that government should be accountable for its actions. In order to verify accountability, individuals must have access to government files. Such access permits checks against the arbitrary exercise of official power and secrecy in the political process. (California Supreme Court:…

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EPIC and Friends of the Shasta River Challenge NMFS Move to Protect Landowners not Salmon

Shasta River drying up

Dire Conditions in the Shasta River Call for Meaningful Federal Action, Not a Mockery of the Endangered Species Act By Environmental Protection Information Center The Shasta River is recognized by the Pacific Fishery Management Council as “the most important salmon-producing tributary of the Klamath River,” with annual juvenile production estimates sometimes greater than the entire…

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