North Coast Region

 

North Coast

The northern third of the California coast is home to some of the most important salmon and steelhead rivers and watersheds in the state.

 
Bay AreaCentral CaliforniaNorth CoastMt. Shasta/KlamathSierra HeadwatersSouth Coast

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Regional Goal

To recover and protect threatened salmon and steelhead populations and their habitats through the implementation of species recovery plans and proof-of-concept projects, and by advocating for science-based approaches and policy reform. Select a dot on the map to learn about each of our initiatives and their projects in this regions.

Region Director: Darren Mierau

Darren has a Masters Degree in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University and joined CalTrout in 2011. Before joining the organization, Mierau worked on numerous North Coast projects as a local watershed restoration scientist with McBain and Trush, Inc. Darren is currently directing, among other projects, the Eel River Recovery Keystone Initiative, the organization’s largest endeavor to date. He is a founding Board Member and current President of the Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California, 2011.

Darren Mierau, North Coast Area Manager from California Trout on Vimeo.

Projects in the North Coast Region

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Eel River Forum

Achieve consensus among a coalition of agency, tribal, and conservation partners regarding priority recovery actions and policy reform needed to recover salmonid populations in the Eel River basin,...

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Future: 500 acres tidal wetlands restored & 26,400 ft of tidal channels

Restore Estuaries

Cannibal Island Restoration

CalTrout is convening a broad, collaborative team of agency partners to restore a 950-acre tidal marsh estuary surrounding Cannibal Island, adjacent to the mouth of the Eel River. The design will...

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689 square miles monitored

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Adult Salmonid Sonar Monitoring Program

The South Fork Eel River is a salmon and steelhead stronghold and represents the best opportunity to restore wild fish abundance on the North Coast. This stretch of river has been impacted by...

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ASAT Tool developed

Restore Estuaries

Aquatic Species Assessment Tool (ASAT)

The Aquatic Species Assessment Tool (ASAT) will provide an integrated quantitative framework for assessing the impact of management actions on salmonids and other sensitive species that depend on the...

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4.25 acres of floodplain restored

Restore Estuaries

Mad River Estuary Restoration

Restore key salmonid off-channel rearing habitat and provide public access, specifically for angling and river recreational uses in the lower Mad River's simplified estuary. The project includes two...

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Restore access to up to 9 miles of anadromous salmonid habitat

Reconnect Habitat

Cedar Creek Barrier Removal

Cedar Creek, a tributary of the South Fork Eel River, has approximately 9 miles of salmon and steelhead habitat currently inaccessible to Chinook, coho, and steelhead. Migration is blocked by a 5 ft....

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~14 miles of anadromous salmonid habitat opened

Reconnect Habitat

Woodman Creek Project

Remove the Northwestern Pacific Railroad barrier at the mouth of Woodman Creek and restore the historic channel-mouth configuration to allow unimpeded coho, Chinook, and steelhead access to 10-14...

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Reconnect Habitat

Eel River Dams License Renewal – Potter Valley Project

Improve streamflows and expand spawning habitat for Eel River salmon and steelhead in the upper mainstem Eel River. Work with Regional Coalition partners (Sonoma Water, Mendocino County Inland Water...

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Integrate Wild Fish & Working Landscapes

Elk River Recovery Project

At over 3,600 sq. miles, the Eel River watershed is the third largest watershed entirely in California. While the majority of the watershed is privately owned and managed for timber production, and...

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No mines active in watershed

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Smith River Protection

Raise awareness of the current threats to the pristine North Fork of the Smith River from international mining corporations.

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~ 1mile of floodplain channel restored

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Prairie Creek Floodplain Restoration

Restore salmonid stream channel and floodplain rearing habitat on a highly degraded abandoned Mill Site through a multi-phase design and implementation program. Establish the Save the Redwoods...

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South Fork Eel River

Establish common and standardized procedures applicable throughout California’s coastal watersheds for identifying ‘instream flow objectives’ through 1) the development and application of...

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