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- We stand with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe to protect the endangered Winter-Run Chinook #Salmon.
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Today marks 50 years of river protection from the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Act has saved many of America’s most treasured rivers from dams and development. However only 1% of California’s rivers are designated wild and scenic.
“Run Wild Run Free,” a film by Shane Anderson from Pacific Rivers, takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, white water enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho. You can watch this exclusive film for only the next 3 days before it is pulled down for film festivals and screenings.
This film will also be featured at the “Wild and Scenic Celebration!” free event in Volcano, CA this Friday Oct 5 from 7-10pm. We hope to see you there!
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Last month, the current administration unveiled proposed revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal would weaken the law enacted 45 years ago to keep plant and animal species that are in decline from going extinct.
The public comment period closes Monday, September 24th. We need your voice today. Thank you to those who have already submitted a comment and sent a letter to Congress. If you haven’t already, here’s your chance to speak up for the ESA.
If enacted, the proposed revisions will:
- Allow non-biological considerations to play a role in listing decisions.
- Limit the designation of critical habitat, particularly unoccupied critical habitat, that may be essential to the conservation and recovery of a species.
- Place listed species at risk of premature delisting.
- Weaken ESA protections for species and critical habitat when government projects are proposed and analyzed.
- Remove the blanket rule which affords the same protections to “threatened” species as are given to plants and animals in the more stringent “endangered” category. Revoking the blanket rule would add more burden to the Department of Fish and Wildlife which would have to consider separately every case involving a threatened species.
If enacted, the protection and survival of our endangered and threatened species and the habitats that sustain them will be at risk. On behalf of so many of our native fish that are in need of the protections afforded by the ESA, please submit comments today urging the administration to withdraw their proposed regulation changes. Let’s save the law that saves our native fish.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Submit your comments about the ESA proposal to the government before the comment period ends on September 24, 2018. Use the sample below or write your own.
Dear Secretary Zinke and Secretary Ross,
As a Californian who values the vitality of native fish species and healthy waters, I do NOT support the proposed revisions to the implementing regulations for the Endangered Species Act (ESA). I ask that you withdraw the proposed changes to the regulations in Section 4, 7, and the regulations governing section 4(d).
The changes to section 4 of the ESA would not aid our endangered species, but would instead undermine the listing process by introducing economic concerns that should not factor in the listing of species. Section 7 of the ESA holds perhaps the most crucial constraints on federal actions, and these proposed revisions would destroy the consultation provisions of the ESA. Section 4(d) prevents the take of threatened species and the proposed changes would seriously hinder recovery and jeopardize the long-term health of threatened species as we know them.
There are 11 native salmonids that are listed as federally threatened. If present trends continue, 45% of California’s native salmon, steelhead, and trout are likely to be extinct in 50 years and 74% in 100 years. We cannot let things get worse.
I urge you to keep our Endangered Species Act strong and protect our currently endangered and threatened species – as originally intended – and protect those that may face the consequences of climate change in the future.
Photo: Will Boucher
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On September 8th, CalTrout led over 20 participants on a tour of the Eel River Estuary Preserve’s future tidal restoration site. Paddling up the restored Salt River and into the 5-year-old tidal wetland restoration at Riverside Ranch, the tour took them past old fence lines, new wetland vegetation, and through flocks of shorebirds. Mary Burke, CalTrout’s North Coast Program Coordinator shared her thoughts, “this first-hand look at tidal wetland restoration and future habitat for rearing salmonids was inspiring and hopeful for the future of the lower Eel River.”
The tour showcased two major estuary restoration sites and described the full scope of restoration plans in the Eel River. Participants learned about The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) plans for implementation of a 150-acre restoration project that will restore tidal wetland, creating fish passage into the newly restored ecosystem, and reestablishing a historic slough and freshwater creek network to reconnect the vital freshwater-saltwater ecosystem. In addition to habitat restoration, the project will enhance coastal public access – visitors will be able to hike, bike, ride horses and kayak across the Eel River Estuary Preserve to experience nature and conservation first-hand, free of charge.
The Wiyot tribe also described their work studying lamprey as well as sturgeon and their tribal perspective on the Eel River, past, present, and future. Local engineering firm, GHD, which has been involved with CalTrout and TWC in their project as well as the Salt River Restoration project, interpreted the landscape as they paddle up the Salt River and viewed the newly restored Riverside Ranch and Salt River channel.
Afterwards, the participants contributed to invasive species management by removing European beach grass using gear provided by The Wildlands Conservancy. Doing so engaged the paddlers in stewardship of natural resources while assisting in preparation for future habitat restoration.
Thank you to Pacific Outfitters for providing gear for the trip. And special thanks to Eric Stockwell with Loleta Eric’s Guide Service for leading us down the river.
*Read the full Press Release: New Regional Director Brings Research, Consulting Experience to California Trout’s Sierra Headwaters Office
How does it feel to be the new Sierra Headwaters Director for California Trout?
I am truly honored to team up with a group of knowledgeable, dedicated, and effective conservationists and eager to help continue the momentous advances made by CalTrout over the last 47 years.
What are you looking forward to most in this new position?
I am most looking forward to cooperating with diverse interests in order to solve crucial and complex natural resource issue problems imposed by climate change and population growth in California.
What projects/area will you manage/work on and how will it benefit the world?
I will be primarily responsible for continuing the Sierra Meadows research and restoration project spearheaded by my predecessor, Dr. Mark Drew. Through coordination and collaboration with numerous partners, we intend to produce meadow restoration protocols and strategies to achieve multi-benefit outcomes, including improved habitat for plants and wildlife, sequestration of greenhouse gases, and a safer and more reliable water source for Californians.
What sparked your interest in research or science in general?
My interest in science was initially sparked by my eighth grade science teacher, Mr. Wallace, whose enthusiasm for the subject matter fostered a fun and highly productive learning environment. My most memorable activity was first gathering water samples from a nearby pond in Massachusetts and then observing live zooplankton under a dissecting microscope. I was fascinated by this invisible and mysterious world and knew immediately that I wanted to become an aquatic biologist when I grew up.
What is an interesting fact about yourself or something you want people to know about you?
I enjoy traveling by bicycle because, in addition to the tremendous physical challenges, it is undoubtedly the finest way for me to observe landscapes and meet and interact with local residents. I recently completed a trip from Maine to Wyoming through the country’s heartland in order to see the country first-hand and obtain a deeper understanding of the shared values, struggles, and concerns currently experienced by many Americans from vastly different walks of life. I am confident that my traveling experience and university training will help me engage with a diverse group of stakeholders in order to achieve CalTrout’s mission of “solving complex resource issues while balancing the needs of wild fish and people.”
Eric Huber is California Trout’s Regional Director for the Sierra Headwaters Region. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley’s doctoral program in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His Ph D research focused on the estuarine ecology of Central California Coast fishes and Central Valley Chinook salmon hatchery management practices. He previously obtained an MS degree in Ecology from UC Davis where he utilized otolith microanalysis to investigate juvenile steelhead temperature-growth rate relationships throughout the Navarro River watershed in Mendocino County. Eric is a first-generation college student and majored in Integrative Biology and minored in Forestry as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.
Before entering graduate school, Eric worked as a field technician for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Harvard University, and Michigan Technological University where he helped maintain microclimate stations and study carbon dioxide fluxes in boreal, eastern hemlock, and mixed conifer forest ecosystems. Eric also possesses environmental consulting and teaching experience for a broad array of subjects including general environmental science, fish ecology, geomorphology, and resource management and economics. His unique background is well-suited for implementing and coordinating CalTrout’s interdisciplinary projects throughout the Sierra Nevada region.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys outdoor exploration by foot and bicycle. His long-distance travels include partial hikes of the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails and bicycle tours through 25 US states, both islands of New Zealand, and portions of Mexico, Canada, and Australia. He considers the Sierra Nevada mountains his favorite place on earth and is happy to be ‘home’.
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On August 22nd, the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition, led by CalTrout, hosted a project kick-off event for the Rose Valley Project at the Rose Valley Lakes Recreation Area in the Los Padres National Forest.
Approximately 20 people representing federal, state, county and private entities attended and participated in the day’s activities.
The event kicks off a two-year “Feasibility and Alternative Assessment Study” to assess potential stream and riparian habitat restoration activities at the location. This project will advance the commitment to recover Southern steelhead and native rainbow trout.
The decline of Southern steelhead is primarily due to land use change, habitat fragmentation in Southern California and climate change, resulting in fish not having enough water or clear, unblocked thoroughfare from the headwaters to the ocean.
The project goal is to reconnect fish migratory habitat by removing four fish passage barriers and restore flows of clean, fresh water to levels that support steelhead and people. By restoring natural river function in Rose Valley, we can protect all listed threatened and endangered aquatic species in the Sespe Creek Watershed.
Additionally, the floodplains and riparian corridors along Southern California’s prominent steelhead rivers have experienced decline due to invasive species that consume and out-compete steelhead for habitat and food. This project will increase recovery and resiliency of native species in the Sespe Creek watershed after the Piru fires by analyzing options to remove aquatic invasive species and enhance wild and scenic rivers.