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CalTrout Convenes Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Workshop

California Trout is working with key partners to implement Sierra-wide greenhouse gas research and restoration grant.

GHG monitoring groupThis past Monday, CalTrout convened a workshop in Bean Meadow to provide training on greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring. The workshop was part of a larger project CalTrout is spearheading that aims to quantify GHG in Sierra meadows and to document how restoration of meadows contributes to mitigation of potential impacts from a changing climate. Approximately 20 people joined in the workshops, including those involved with the newly formed (and still forming) Sierra Meadow Restoration, Research Partnership and key partners involved with the broader effort to restore ecological integrity of meadows throughout the Sierra Nevada.

The recent grant from CDFW will allow California Trout, with an array of partners, to lead a new multi-organizational effort to create a standard quantification protocol for measuring greenhouse gas dynamics in Sierra Nevada meadows. This effort evolved out of ongoing conversations among a broad GHG monitoring field3coalition of groups, academic institutions and agencies working to support conservation in the Sierra. These groups include Sierra Foothill Conservancy; American Rivers; Sierra Streams Institute; Spatial Informatics Group – Natural Assets Laboratory; South Yuba River Citizens League; Truckee River Watershed Council; University of Nevada, Reno; University of California, Merced; University of California, Davis; California State University, Chico; Tahoe National Forest; and, Sequoia National Forest.

Eventually, as a result of this project and the support of the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, the Sierra Meadow Restoration Research Partnership will develop a tool to measure and credit carbon sequestration associated with restoring meadows throughout the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The partnership will coordinate with groups working throughout the Sierra with the goal of increasing ecological resilience and recovering species and habitat associated with alpine meadow systems – all while capturing climate-disrupting emissions on a meaningful scale.

cover imageYou can read more about CalTrout’s Sierra Meadow project in The Current’s summer issue here.

Protect Smith River From Strip Mining – Support Proposed Mining Closure

Mining companies plan to excavate a series of nickel strip mines in the pristine tributaries of the Wild and Scenic Smith River and other rivers in the heart of California and Oregon’s much loved Wild Rivers Coast. Despite overwhelming opposition, the outdated 1872 Mining Law prioritizes these nickel mines over clean drinking water, salmon fisheries and recreation!

The good news is that thanks to the leadership of Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives Defazio of Oregon and Huffman of California, the Obama Administration is considering a proposal to protect these wild rivers by temporarily withdrawing them from mining while Congress considers legislation—the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act—for more lasting protection.   What’s at stake?

  • Clean drinking water
  • Safeguarding Redwood National and State Parks
  • Protecting wild salmon runs of the Wild Rivers Coast
  • The integrity of our Wild and Scenic River system

The Obama Administration is taking comments on the proposed mineral withdrawal right now. Please take a moment to send an email or letter of support today. Simply click here for an email form that takes just a minute to complete.

Add your voice to the chorus of others demanding that the crystal clear, salmon-studded waters of these wild rivers remain free from toxic pollution! Sign today.

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Job Opening: Major Gifts Officer

CalTrout is currently seeking candidates for its Major Gifts Officer position.

The Major Gift Officer reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the ED and the Board to define strategies and tactics to secure private funding for the organization’s short and long-term conservation programs.

Click here for a full job description.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Curtis Knight at cknight@caltrout.org.

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CalTrout Receives Funding from Stewardship Council for Hat Creek Restoration Project

stewardshipThe Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council), a land conservation and youth investment foundation, announced it is providing nearly $2 million in funding for enhancement projects on lands owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the Hat Creek watershed in Shasta County.

These are the first major enhancement projects funded by the Stewardship Council’s historic Land Conservation Program, which seeks to conserve and enhance 140,000 acres of California’s watershed lands for the public good. The projects were developed through collective collaboration involving the Stewardship Council, CalTrout, the Pit River Tribe, Spring Rivers Foundation, PG&E, and other stakeholders.

Andrew Braugh, Shasta-Klamath Regional Director for California Trout, commented,

“The Stewardship Council’s grant support underscores what is possible when diverse partners commit to working together to achieve shared objectives and solve complex resource management challenges. With this project, we’re going to restore a legacy of fly-fishing in California, but more importantly, we’re working to re-connect the Illmawi Band of the Pit River Tribe as the long-term stewards of their ancestral lands on the banks of Hat Creek.”

Approximately $1.4 million of the Stewardship Council’s project funding will go to CalTrout and the Pit River Tribe to restore 1.5 miles of in-stream wild trout habitat and native vegetation along Hat Creek. The project will also build new trails, a pedestrian bridge, and scenic picnic area; enhance fishing opportunities; and protect several historic sites with new fencing, landscaping, and signage.

Read more about the Stewardship Council’s grant in thepinetree.net click here. You can also read the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of the story here.

 

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Partnership to Support Water Quality and Quantity in Drought-Stricken California

In an announcement yesterday, State and Federal Agencies formally recognized the importance of conserving and restoring the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade Headwaters, affirming CalTrout’s work in these critical watersheds. The Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters provides 25 million Californians with drinking water and much of the water for irrigated agriculture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. 

For the past several years, CalTrout has embarked on a portfolio of projects centered on restoring the health and vitality of the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. From influencing forest planning and policy, to prioritizing restoration projects for Sierra Headwater areas, to enhancing resilience to climate change and building regional partnerships, CalTrout is working to leverage scarce resources to benefit California’s fish, water supplies and communities.

Agricultural Secretary Vilsack states in the USDA press release,

As several years of historic drought continue to plague parts of the Western United States, there is a significant opportunity and responsibility across federal, state and private lands to protect and improve the landscapes that generate our most critical water supplies. Healthy forests and meadows play a key role in ensuring water quality, yield and reliability throughout the year. Looking beyond this particular drought, resources announced today will help us add resiliency to natural resource systems to cope with recurring drought and changing climate patterns.

cover imageYou can read about CalTrout’s Sierra Meadows Research and Restoration Partnership and our work to restore Sierra Headwaters meadows and sequester greenhouse gases in the summer issue of The Current.

 

BLM Applies for Temporary Ban on Mining Projects in SW Oregon Watershed – Smith River

The Bureau of Land Management has applied for a temporary ban on new mining projects. As Oregon Senator Merkley states,

“The action by the BLM gets us a step closer to protecting some of the most ecologically sensitive rivers in Oregon from destructive mining practices. Now it’s time for Congress to step up and pass the legislation needed to make this protection permanent.”

Read more about the BLM’s actions here.

You can help make a difference as well by supporting CalTrout’s Indiegogo campaign about the Smith River, Eternally Wild. Help us tell the story of the Smith as we explore the question, “when is something truly protected?”  Click here to donate to the campaign.

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