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McKee Creek, a sub-basin of the Mattole River watershed located at the southernmost edge of Humboldt County’s temperate rainforest, runs parallel to Briceland-Thorn Road between Ettersburg and Thorn Junctions. Since 2003, it has suffered incredibly low flows. In recent years, this dire situation has been life- threatening for fish. Thousands of young fingerlings over-summering in the creek perish each summer when pools dry up. The scarcity of water for landowners who rely on the creek has also b

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McKee Creek, a sub-basin of the Mattole River watershed located at the southernmost edge of Humboldt County’s temperate rainforest, runs parallel to Briceland-Thorn Road between Ettersburg and Thorn Junctions. Since 2003, it has suffered incredibly low flows. In recent years, this dire situation has been life- threatening for fish. Thousands of young fingerlings over-summering in the creek perish each summer when pools dry up. The scarcity of water for landowners who rely on the creek has also b

Lost Coast Interpretive Association

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Whale Gulch students remove Pampas grass as part of a service-learning project. Photo by Cheryl LisinIn the past year, with contributions from the Cereus Fund of Trees Foundation, the Lost Coast Interpretive Association (LCIA) and its community partners have made large strides to control the population of non-native Pampas grass in Shelter Cove through community education and promoting landowner involvement.In collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Coastal National Mo

Women’s Forest Sanctuary

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Stewards of The Sacred Grove. Photo by WFSIn 2018, The Women’s Forest Sanctuary realized the complete debt retirement for the purchase of The Sacred Grove; a 14-acre redwood grove on the Mattole River. In March, current board members held an event to honor and appreciate the founders, as well as the long-time supporters of the grove’s protection.We celebrated their contributions and commitment over the past 25 years that enabled the preservation of the grove—including our recent Indiegogo fundra

Salmonid Restoration Federation

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In 2018, support from the Cereus Fund of Trees Foundation enabled Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) to advocate for restoration funding, research incentives for water storage and forbearance programs, and participate in a coordinated effort to improve grant administration in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s grant administration programs.SRF advocated for continued flow enhancement planning funds for the Eel River watershed. SRF is a statewide organization but we are located i

Save California Salmon

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Save California Salmon staff advisors and partners at State Board hearingon flows for salmon. Photo by Regina ChichizolaOver the last year Save California Salmon (SCS) has joined the Cereus Fund to push for dam removal and flow restoration on the Klamath, Trinity, and Eel Rivers, and to fight off the attacks on our rivers from the Trump administration. We have generated over 10,000 public comments,hosted two rallies, and supported attendance for five public hearings to support dam removal, agric

Sanctuary Forest

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Participants from the Salmonid Restoration Federation’s annual conference visit the Baker Creek String of Pearls Project. Photo by Anna RogersTrees Foundation’s Cereus Fund grant allows Sanctuary Forest to work closely with our Mattole partners—Mattole Restoration Council and Mattole Salmon Group—and also to collaborate with other organizations regionally to address water scarcity issues. Sanctuary Forest’s work is focused in the Mattole River headwaters, but our innovative work is attracting at

Salmon River Restoration Council

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SRRC’s Watershed Ed Program Coordinator and a group of intrepid Forks of Salmon School students ready for a day digging Italian thistle on Thistle Hill.  Photo from SRRC The Salmon River Restoration Council has long believed that empowering our river communities to become effective stewards of the ecosystem should be a centerpiece in the recovery of our watersheds. For the past 26 years, our Community Restoration Program has strived to cultivate a watershed stewardship ethic within the citizenry

Restoration Leadership Project

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A highlight for 2018 was the largest Chinook salmon spawning run in the Mattole River for at least 30 years. It’s been a real joy taking photos of some of this run and sharing the information with many persons and organizations. Another highlight has been recording and sharing information about the restoration work happening in the Usal Redwood Forest—especially in the Anderson Creek tributary of Indian Creek that joins the South Fork Eel across from old Piercy.Both decommissioning of damaging s