Steelhead Celebration

EVENT: Steelhead Month Celebration
The BOS unanimously approved a resolution dedicating February as Steelhead Month. We hope you’ll join in the celebration.

Sharon Marchetti and Don McEnhill
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The Salmonid Restoration Federation will hold the 25th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference at the Wells Fargo Arts Center in Santa Rosa, California, March 7-10, 2007. The conference includes full-day workshops on dam removal and FERC relicensing, fish passage barrier removal tools and estuary and lagoon restoration. Field tours include visits to sustainable grazing sites in southern Sonoma and western Marin counties, Sonoma vineyards with salmon friendly agricultural practices, a rivermouth to ridgeline tour of Dutchbill Creek watershed, steelhead habitat restoration projects on Upper Sonoma Creek, bioengineering and in-stream restoration projects, a tour of cooperative approaches to restoration in the Austin Creek watershed as well as a short tour of restoration projects in the Prince Memorial Greenway.

Concurrent sessions focus on environmental, biological, and policy issues that affect Salmonid habitat restoration and recovery of native fish populations. Concurrent sessions include water diversions and the associated water quality and quantity issues on the North Coast, the Coho Recovery Program, the economic, cultural and recovery impacts of the Chinook fisheries closures, coastal watershed planning and restoration, salmonid and watershed environmental education, Salmonid recovery downstream of large reservoirs, measuring watershed condition and management performance, fluvial geomorphology, and regional land use planning and implementation strategies in aquatic conservation.

The plenary session will feature prominent keynote speakers including UC Davis Fisheries Professor Peter Moyle who will address Climate Change and the state of California salmonid recovery efforts, Restoration pioneer Liza Prunuske who will give a talk entitled, “Taking Wood Out and Putting it Back in Again: A Generation of Salmonid Restoration in in Marin and Sonoma Counties, Nat Scholz from NOAA Fisheries who will present on Coho Salmon recovery issues, and Freeman House, author of Totem Salmon will address climate change and watersheds. Salmon champion Congressman Mike Thompson is also invited to speak. Seth Zuckerman, co-author of Salmon Nation, will facilitate the Plenary.

Other highlights of the conference include the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, SRF’s annual meeting, a poster session and reception, and a cabaret, a Copper River salmon banquet, and a lively dance party with Latin-dance band Sambada.

For more information, contact Salmonid Restoration Federation at 707 923-7501