The end of August normally means back-to-school and the end of summer vacation – but 2020 has been far from normal. The COVID-19 pandemic kept us home this summer, and wildfires caused by unusual lightning storms continue to burn across our state. These fires are another reminder of climate change–the number one overarching threat to our native trout, salmon and steelhead, according to our SOS II scientific report–that increasingly threatens the quality of life here in California, for fish and people. But while the skies are smoky, the future remains clear – and CalTrout remains dedicated to ensuring resilient wild fish thrive in healthy waters, for a better California.
Speaking of the future, CalTrout just wrapped up our annual (first-ever virtual) staff retreat, where we set aside three days to reflect together on our accomplishments over the past year, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We discussed our goals for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, our upcoming 3-year Strategic Planning process, and turned our thoughts toward next year when we celebrate our 50th anniversary!
Summer may be winding down, but our projects are in full swing — this Covid thing is not keeping us down. Our recent film screening of Public Trust was another reminder of the importance of our work, and the need for us all to take action and protect these precious landscapes. If you missed this incredible film – or would like to see it again – it’s available to stream all weekend here.
Stay safe and healthy!