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The trout from above the impassable Middle Falls of the McCloud River have been genetically isolated for thousands of years and evolved into their own distinct fish known as McCloud River Redband Trout. They are thought to be one of the oldest populations of Rainbow trout. Today, this species is on life support. The drought nearly wiped them out, but rescue efforts by CDFW have allowed them continued survival for now.
McCloud River Redband Trout once had interconnected populations in the Upper McCloud River and its tributaries. Today, pure populations are limited to just four, small (less than 2 km) streams in the McCloud headwaters; these streams disappear underground into highly porous volcanic rock before connecting with the mainstem McCloud River downstream. Due to their isolation and small population, McCloud River Redband Trout are at a critical level of concern, based on the SOS II report by CalTrout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. They are highly vulnerable to stressors such as floods, drought, and fire- all of which are likely to be exacerbated under climate change.
Decades of fire suppression in the McCloud River Basin has built up potential fuels sources, increasing wildfire risk that could potentially wipe out one or more McCloud River Redband populations. McCloud Redbands and their pure strain are also threatened by predation, disease, and competition from stocked Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Brown Trout. Generally, where alien trout are present, McCloud River Redband Trout are absent or have become hybridized. The McCloud River Redbands are a unique and robust species that have persisted through historic drought before, but in the face of climate change, human intervention is needed. Thankfully, conservation of McCloud Redbands is active and ongoing thanks to the leadership of the McCloud Redband Core Group (RCG), a multi-partner organization (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, private landowners, and others), which is dedicated to the conservation of the McCloud River Redband trout. In addition, the western states, several tribes, and Trout Unlimited have been coordinating all recovery efforts under a formal conservation Agreement, with regular meetings and information updates. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has undertaken significant genetic studies, fish rescue operations, and creation and implementation of conservation hatchery plans at the Mount Shasta Hatchery to protect McCloud River Redband trout from severe impacts to extinction in the wild.
As part of CalTrout’s Return to Resilience plan for California’s native fish, we recommend that a McCloud River Redband Trout refuge be established that contains all current Redband streams and suitable reaches of potential future habitat for translocations. In addition, a captive broodstock program should be implemented to protect the genetic integrity of McCloud River Redbands and help facilitate CDFW’s 2013 Upper McCloud River Redband Trout Reintroduction Plan. With the isolation and small population of McCloud River Redband Trout, their status could change rapidly, particularly related to climate change impacts, so it is imperative that conservation actions be implemented.
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Join the California Trout team in our Mammoth Lakes office! We’re searching for a full-time Project Coordinator to start work in early March 2018. Resumes are being accepted now until January 22, 2018!
Organization: California Trout
Location: Mammoth Lakes and possibly Kernville California during field season (June-Sept)
Job Category: Full Time, Year round
Salary: Dependent upon experience.
Start date: 3/19/18 (Negotiable)
Last Date to Apply: Monday 1/22/17
California Trout (CalTrout) is a statewide non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization dedicated to protecting California’s wild native trout species and habitats supporting them. The Sierra Headwaters office of CalTrout, based in Mammoth Lakes CA, focuses on watershed resources planning, restoration and policy to benefit downstream fish populations and human communities. A major focus of these efforts is meadow restoration and protection paired with, and informed by hydrologic, ecologic and soil monitoring. CalTrout is currently recruiting for a dynamic, independent and motivated individual that will serve as the Sierra Headwaters Project Coordinator.
This position offers an exciting opportunity to learn and contribute to advancing ecosystem and fisheries restoration and management. Although not limited to, a major focus for the Project Coordinator position will support meadow restoration projects primarily within the Inyo and Sequoia National Forests. More specifically, meadows work will focus on conducting field-based assessments and understanding outcomes of meadow restoration projects focusing on three primary areas: carbon/greenhouse gases, hydrology and biodiversity. The field sites are remote, lack phone service and often require a hike to access, making backcountry experience and the ability to work independently a must for this position. Additionally, the position will assist CalTrout staff in project planning, partnership coordination, education and outreach activities as well as other tasks supporting the Sierra Headwaters Regional Program. The position during the non-field season (October-May) will be based in Mammoth Lakes, CA During these months, primary responsibilities include project and grant management, data organization and analysis and outreach events. During the field season (June-September) the position may be based out of Kernville, CA (Housing provided) but this has yet to be determined. During this period, the position will entail extensive field data collection work and project partner coordination.
– At least bachelor degree in aquatic ecology, fisheries, biology, geology, hydrology, environmental science or related field
– Remote field data collection experience
– Able to work well independently or in a crew
– Backcountry field work experience
– Able to carry significant weight (50 lbs) for sustained distances
– Be a positive, goal-oriented and an effective communicator
– MS Office competencies
– Trustworthy and reliable
– Organize and coordinate field crew
– Data entry, organization & analysis
– Project management and reporting
– Ability to quickly learn and implement field-based data collection protocols
– NEPA/CEQA planning and permitting
– Education and outreach
– Proposal development/grant writing
How to Apply:
Send the following outlining your experience, availability and qualifications: 1) resume, 2) cover letter and 3) writing sample not to exceed two pages to Levi at LKeszey@CalTrout.org by Monday January 22nd
We are excited to share the good news: the pristine flows of the Smith River have earned further protection, as determined recently by the Oregon Water Resources Commission (WRC) to reserve the surface waters of the North Fork Smith River for the specific purpose and support of instream fish, wildlife, recreation, and domestic human consumption, and withdraws them from any further appropriations (i.e., diversions, captures, impounding from its natural course or channel). The Commission also limited groundwater development in the basin. In simple terms, this means that the pure waters of the North Fork Smith River, flowing 28 miles from Southern Oregon into California, are safeguarded into the future.
This added layer of protection for the North Fork of the Smith River is a win for the environment and for us. The Smith River is one of the premier “salmon strongholds” along the Pacific Coast; the North Fork serves as a refuge for threatened Coho Salmon and is an incredible producer of winter steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. It also is a major contributor of clean water to the Smith River downstream, which provides drinking water to much of Del Norte County.
Over the last few years, CalTrout has teamed up with other organizations, notably the Smith River Alliance, working hard to earn protections for the Smith River basin. It’s amazing to share these successes with our partners!
Our followers have also helped tremendously fighting for the Smith River several times; most recently signing a petition to designate the NF Smith River as a federally-protected Outstanding Resource Water (which was adopted this past July!). You’ve also helped us stop new nickel mining operations in the headwaters of the Smith River by voicing your opinion and submitting public comments. Once again, because of citizen actions and collaboration between non-profit organizations, important protections have been provided for the Smith watershed. Thank you for your hard work protecting the places we love!
Click here to read the memo sent by the Water Resources Commission on their decision to reclassify the waters of the Smith River.
Read the original petition submitted by CalTrout and partners to WRC.
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Winter-run Chinook salmon born in the Sacramento River surprised scientists by revealing, in a recent study, that they travel into the river’s tributaries to feed and shelter rather than stay in the main channel, contrary to what we have believed. This may have implications for how this critically endangered species is managed.
The scientists studied otolith samples from adult salmon that had died after spawning; otoliths are tiny ear bones that function much like a tree’s rings with discrete layers forming around the edges over time. Since otoliths absorb isotopes found in the water, researchers were able to match the isotopic signature to those of unique types of rocks in California waterways. California’s diverse geology produces distinct variation among rivers, which can be used with high certainty to place a fish. What the research team found is the majority of adult fish sampled had traveled beyond their natal reach of the main Sacramento River channel. With the isotopic analysis, researchers were able to re-trace the juvenile outmigration to the rivers they visited in their youth when they were migrating to the ocean.
Data from studying habitat use and behavior can be used to determine what rivers should be designated as critical habitat for the federally-endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. “To date, most actions to conserve winter-run Chinook have focused on restoring and protecting habitats within the mainstem Sacramento River. But our work shows that winter runs use a diversity of habitats not previously appreciated and presents new conservation opportunities,” said Dr. Corey Phillis, lead author of the study. Importantly, the study suggests that habitats adjacent to migratory pathways are important for growth and rearing as fish move to the ocean. “These are pretty fascinating results, once again showing that these animals do not conform to set rules during their life cycle. Their ability to move and seek out new habitat has clear and important implications for recovery of winter-run Chinook and other imperiled salmonids in California,” said Dr. Robert Lusardi, CalTrout and UC Davis coldwater fish scientist.
The endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook are particularly important among California’s salmon runs because they exhibit a life-history strategy found nowhere else on the West Coast. These Chinook salmon spawn during the summer months when air temperatures usually approach their warmest. Their unique life history was shaped in response to access to year-round, spring-fed cold-water streams reaches, a rare hydrologic feature among salmon-bearing streams in the headwaters of the Sacramento River watershed. Streams fed by rainfall, snowmelt, and cold-water springs encircled the valley, fostering a diversity and abundance of Chinook salmon. Winter-run no longer have access to the cold headwaters, blocked by Keswick and Shasta dam. They are now entirely reliant on the cold water releases from Keswick dam and the one population of winter-run Chinook salmon exists downstream of the dam.
The study referenced was published in the journal Biological Conservation: Click here to read.