Salmon River Restoration Council

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Salmon River Restoration Council

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 by engaging the public in the hands-on restoration of the Salmon River watershed. In addition to encouraging our community members to get their hands dirty and their feet wet by doing things like digging noxious weeds and counting fish, we also try to provide high quality education and outreach products and experiences.

This year we published a newsletter entitled Botanical Bounty: An Exploration of the Diverse Flora of the Salmon River. It’s full of beautiful pictures and great articles about native plants and noxious weeds in our watershed, as well as the history of our CommunityNoxious Weeds Program. You can read it online at srrc.org/publications/newsletters/spring-2018. We also publish a monthly e-newsletter, Salmon RiverCurrents, which has included topics such as freshwater mussel biology, spring-runChinook salmon populations, and theWild and Scenic Rivers Act.

We also used Cereus funds to help implement our Community Restoration Program workdays and educational events. This year we’ve held over 35 workdays and workshops that the community was invited to participate in. These events included river clean-up, noxious weed management (without the use of toxic chemicals), fisheries monitoring and restoration, water monitoring, and watershed education, amongst other things. Some highlights include a mustard pull and a wildflower walk in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, a fruit tree grafting workshop, and a spring bird identification walk led by the Klamath Bird Observatory. Events such as these help to increase knowledge and cooperation between diverse stakeholders, as well as getting us all out enjoying the wonders of our amazing watershed and actively participating in its conservation.

Support, such as the Cereus Fund of Trees Foundation granted us, is what makes this work possible. It provides the foundation to do the on-the-ground community restoration work that will always be our goal.

 

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