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Salmonid Restoration Conference: March 11-14

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Salmonid Restoration Conference: March 11-14

This March 11-14, Salmonid Restoration Federation is producing the 33rd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference in Santa Rosa that promises to be the largest salmon restoration conference in California. The theme of this year's conference is Fisheries Restoration: Planning for Resilience. The conference agenda highlights habitat restoration techniques, validating effectiveness monitoring, as well as strategies and mechanisms to restore and recover salmonids. The conference agenda also explores key recovery actions and implementation priorities in Pacific Northwest salmon recovery plans and efforts to plan for resilience in California’s landscape. Executive Director and Conference Agenda Coordinator, Dana Stolzman, explains that, “In this time of extended drought in California, it is more important than ever for fisheries scientists and watershed planners to convene and envision ways to ensure ample, clean water for human communities, watershed health and threatened coho salmon.”

Salmonid Restoration Federation is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes recovery of wild salmon populations and watershed restoration through community outreach and technical education. This year’s conference workshops will include an urban creek workshop highlighting efforts to interface with communities, the 4th Annual California Coastal Monitoring Program workshop focused on monitoring central coast coho salmon populations, a fish passage and protection workshop focused on taking a watershed approach, a captive broodstock symposium & Warm Springs hatchery tour; and a workshop entitled, “Innovative Trans-Boundary Approaches to Coho Salmon Recovery.”

Field tours include: Bio-Engineering and Floodplain Restoration on the Russian and Napa Rivers, Large Wood and Off-Channel Habitat Projects in Western Sonoma, Lagunitas Creek Watershed: Stem to Stern Salmon Enhancement, Improving Summer Streamflows in Coho Streams Tour; Redwood Creek and Muir Beach Restoration Projects, and a Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project Tour. 

Concurrent sessions include a recovery and implementation track, a climate, drought, and flow changes track, and a physical and environmental track addressing the importance of floodplains, habitat, and large wood in streams. Additional sessions focus on validating effectiveness monitoring of habitat restoration, strategically planning for salmon restoration, and the restoration continuum including conservation planning and building diverse partnerships.

The Plenary session will feature a keynote address by Congressman Jared Huffman, Ann Riley author of Restored Urban Streams, and Lynn Ingram, author of The West Without Water. Brian Spence of NOAA Fisheries will give a presentation on the Historical Context for Interpreting Early Accounts of Pacific Salmon in California’s Coastal Watersheds.

Other conference events will include the SRF Annual Meeting and membership dinner on Thursday evening with a special screening of the film DamNation, a poster session and reception on Friday night, and a cabaret and banquet with a wild Copper River salmon dinner and Alice diMicele band on Saturday evening. For more information about the conference, please visit www.calsalmon.org