News & Stories

  • The Nature Conservancy's Shasta Big Springs Ranch Open House, October 18-19

    October 15, 2013

    Join us to watch this year’s spectacular run of fall Chinook in the Shasta River. See female salmon guard and build nests, while males compete with each other for spawning opportunities. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and point you to the best spots to catch all the action. It’s the perfect outing for families, photographers, and all wildlife enthusiasts.

    Dates & Time:

    • Friday, October 18, 2013, 1–4pm. Streamside presentation at 2 pm
    • Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10am–3pm. Streamside presentations at 11am and 1pm


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  • New plan to halt Garcia River poaching

    October 14, 2013

    By Sean Scully, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, October 14, 2013

    Federal, state, and tribal officials have agreed to an ambitious program of cooperation to fight fish poaching on Mendocino County's scenic Garcia River, Rep. Jared Huffman announced last week.

    “This is a really great outcome ... What we needed was better coordination and understanding about how the state, federal, local and tribal authorities were going to be working together,” said Huffman, D-San Rafael, whose district includes Mendocino County.

    The key to the deal is an agreement to work with outside law enforcement by the Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo, who control two key pieces of land along the river bank. The tribe denies that members are major players in poaching endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout on the river, but they admit that the tribal land has created jurisdictional confusion for game wardens and police, and that the tribe and local law enforcement don't have a history of cooperating.

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  • Marin Voice: Marin salmon face imminent extinction

    October 14, 2013

    The Lagunitas Creek watershed is home to one of the last significant coho salmon populations on the California coast. These salmon are as important to Marin, and to the nation, as any of the other natural wonders we have fought to protect over the years.

    But, despite decades of studies, plans, hearings, recommendations, educational efforts and lawsuits, the salmon in Lagunitas Creek, and its main tributary, San Geronimo Creek, remain endangered, and the population continues its downward spiral to the point that Marin's salmon face imminent extinction.

    Freshwater streams, such as those in the Lagunitas Creek watershed, play a critical role in the salmon's lifecycle.

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  • Biodiversity forum talks Klamath Basin: Local tribes, environmental groups discuss dam removal

    October 4, 2013

    By Catherin Wong, TIMES-STANDARD, October 4, 2013

    he fight over water in the Klamath Basin will be discussed by a panel of tribal representatives and environmental advocates tonight as a part of Humboldt State University's Biodiversity Conference.

    ”I would argue that the Klamath River Dam is one of the most important issues on the North Coast,” Karuk Tribe Klamath River coordinator Craig Tucker said.

    Tucker, along with speakers from the Yurok, Hoopa Valley and Klamath tribes, will answer questions on environmental, recreational and agricultural concerns stemming from a long history of scarce water resources and competition.

    The panel is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the John Van Duzer Theatre on the HSU campus at 1 Harpst St. in Arcata. On Saturday at 4 p.m., California Water Impact Network director and water policy analyst Tom Stokely will discuss the lower Klamath River augmentation flows in a presentation called “Twin (Peripheral) Tunnel impacts on the Trinity and Klamath Rivers.”

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  • Fish Wrap: Salmon haul slowing down with change of seasons

    October 3, 2013

    By Alastair Bland, MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, October 3, 2013

    f the height of summer was a time to revel — salmon fishing at its best, with thrilling action and crossed lines and fish thumping the deck and always another angler shouting "Fish on!" — if that's the rapturous image of summer that's still flailing in your memory, then what boat skipper Sean Hodges told me two days ago is plain and true: "The party's over," he said.

    But that's to be expected, even in a good year. Things settle down. Water that was teeming with scads of fish becomes, once again, just plain water. But all that said, outside the Golden Gate, people are still fishing, but the salmon are coming in one at a time now, with many trips amounting to less than a fish per rod. The biggest fish have moved upstream, leaving those at sea mostly in the 10-to-20-pound class.

    Hodges, the captain of the Hog Heaven party boat out of Sausalito, fished on Sunday with 16 clients. The slow salmon bite mandated a change of focus late in the morning, and the day wound up a lukewarm success: Hodges' guests stepped onto the dock that afternoon with seven salmon, 142 rockfish and a lingcod.

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