31st Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference

Innovative Approaches to Fisheries Restoration

March 13-16, 2013
Fortuna, CA

31st Annual Conference

In 2013 the Salmonid Restoration Federation will produce the 31st Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference in Fortuna, California. The first two days of the conference will be filled with full-day workshops and field tours. A half-day plenary session will be followed by 1.5 days of technical, biological, and policy-related concurrent sessions. This conference will focus on a broad range of salmonid and watershed restoration topics of concern to restoration practitioners, watershed scientists, fisheries biologists, resource agency personnel, land-use planners, and landowners.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2012

Estuary Enhancement and Off-Channel Habitat Enhancement Workshop

Martin Slough Off Channel Pond

Workshop Coordinators:
Don Allan, Redwood Community Action Agency
Michael Love, Michael Love and Associates
[Read more]

Navigating Project Hurdles to Create Successful Projects

Workshop Coordinators:
Steven Allen, GHD, Michael Love, Michael Love & Associates
[Read more]

Community-Based Forestry and Watershed Restoration Tour

Urban creek work

Field Tour Coordinator:
Todd Kraemer, Pacific Watershed Associates
[Read more]

Restoration Tour in Bull Creek, Redwoods State Park

Bull Creek

Field Tour Coordinator:
Larry Notheis, California Conservation Corps
[Read more]

Restoring Complexity and Resiliency to Instream and Off-Channel Habitats for Salmonid Recovery in the Klamath River


Field Tour Coordinator:
Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences
[Read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Calculating Instream Flows for Small Coastal Streams Workshop

Workshop Coordinator:
Bill Trush, River Institute, Humboldt State University
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Mad River Aquatic Habitat Restoration Field Tour

Mad River

Field Tour Coordinator:
Margo Moorhouse, Salmonid Restoration Federation
[Read more]

Humboldt Bay Eel River Estuary Enhancement and Off-Channel Habitat Field Tour

Field Tour Coordinator:
Don Allan, Redwood Community Action Agency
[Read more]

Salmon Creek Watershed Restoration: From the Headwaters Forest Reserve to Tidewaters

Salmon Creek

Tour Coordinators:
Mitch Farro, Pacific Coast Fish Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association
Tour Leaders:
Eric Nelson, US FWS Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Chris Herbst, Pacific Watershed Associates
Sam Flanagan, USDI Bureau of Land Management
[Read more]

Salmon Life Cycle Monitoring for the California Coastal Salmonid Population Monitoring Plan

Workshop Coordinator:
Sean P. Gallagher, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
[Read more]

Recent Innovations in Process-Based Restoration Workshop


Workshop Coordinator:
Michael Pollock, NOAA Fisheries
Brian Cluer, NOAA Fisheries
Tasha McKee, Sanctuary Forest
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Plenary Session

Master of Ceremonies, Tom Weseloh, Legislative Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture for Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro

Opening Remarks, Wesley Chesbro, California State Assemblymember

Going Beyond Science: The Importance of Engaging Youth and Diversity in the Restoration Movement!
Larry Notheis, California Conservation Corps

Science as a Second Language: Translating Science to Action to Protect and Restore Salmon
Christina Swanson, Science Center Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

Bringing it All Together: How People, Science, Policy, Law, Politics, Business, Language and Culture Interact to Build Innovative Approaches to Fisheries Restoration
Mike Belchik, Senior Scientist, Yurok Tribe

Managing California Salmonids in a Changing Landscape
Chuck Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Friday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions time slots may move, the final conference agenda will be posted on December 15.

Recovery Planning Implementation -- Where do we go from Here?

Session Coordinator:
Julie Weeder, NOAA Fisheries
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Addressing Water Diversions That Impact Salmonids and Watershed Health

Session Coordinator:
Mark Lancaster, Five Counties Salmonid Conservation Program
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The Future of Restoration: How to Diversify and Fund a Sustainable Restoration Field

Session Coordinator:
Sungnome Madrone, Mattole Salmon Group and Madrone Enterprises
[Read more]

Saturday Morning Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions time slots may move, the final conference agenda will be posted on December 15.

Innovative Approaches to Coho Salmon Restoration

Session Coordinators:
Bob Pagliuco and Leah Mahan, NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center
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Landscape Ecology of Pacific Salmonids

Session Coordinator:
Thomas H. Williams, NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA
[Read more]

Klamath River Basin: Striving for Balance in Resource Use and Conservation in a Complex Landscape

Session Coordinator:
Gary Curtis, US Fish and Wildlife Service
[Read more]

Saturday Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions time slots may move, the final conference agenda will be posted on December 15.

Pioneering Tools to Advance Fisheries Restoration

Session Coordinator:
Robert Coey, NOAA Fisheries
[Read more]

Rapid Sea Level Rise and Coastal Salmonid Restoration: Theory, Implications, and Practice

Session Coordinators:
Mike Furniss, US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station and Humboldt State University
Thomas H. Leroy, Pacific Watershed Associates
[Read more]

Spring-run Chinook Salmon Restoration and Recovery Efforts

Session Coordinators:
Lyra Cressey and Karuna Greenberg, Salmon River Restoration Council

[Read more]

Where is the 2013 Conference Facility?

The conference is being held at the Fortuna River Lodge at 1800 Riverwalk Drive Fortuna, CA 95540.

What are the Start and End Times for Conference Events?

Wednesday and Thursday workshops and field tours are 9am to 5pm. Field tours depart promptly at 9am so please come to the facility early to pick up your registration packet and pack a lunch for the day. Vans are provided for field tours.

The SRF Annual Membership Meeting will be at 5:15pm on Thursday followed by a networking social. You can buy advance tickets for dinner or buy tickets when you arrive.

The Plenary Session begins on Friday at 8:30am. Afternoon concurrent sessions start at 1:15pm. Saturday morning concurrent sessions start at 9:00am.

The Poster Session is 7-10 pm on Friday, March 15 in the Meeting room. To submit a request to participate in the poster session, please email poster@calsalmon.org.

2013 Conference Host Hotels

SRF has set up a group discount with the Best Western in Fortuna (http://bwcountryinnfortuna.com) at 2025 Riverwalk Drive, Fortuan, CA 95540. This hotel is right across the street from the River Lodge and has a full buffett breakfast, a gym and free wi-fi. The rate is $83 for singles and doubles. To make a reservation, please call (707) 725-6822. The group code is SRF. The group rate will only be available until February 12, 2013.

The Comfort Inn in Fortuna at 1583 Riverwalk Drive is also walking distance to the River Lodge and has a spa, meeting room and hot breakfast. They are offering a group rate for $80. You can make reservations by calling (707) 725-7088. This group rate will expire by February 27, 2013. (www.comfortinn.com/hotel-fortuna-california-CA688)

The Holiday Inn at 1859 Alamar Way in Fortuna, CA, 95540 currently has a special of double rooms for $54 and king rooms for $79. To make a reservation please call (707) 725-5500.

2013 Conference Poster Session

If you are interested in presenting at the 2013 Salmonid Restoration Conference Poster Session, scheduled for Friday evening, March 15, please contact poster@calsalmon.org.

Space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please indicate if you need wall space or an electrical outlet. 12-foot tables are provided so please let us know if you can share a table with a colleague unless you need all 12 feet. Please bring your own display board.

SRF Call for Awards Nominations for 2013 Conference

SRF Presents Awards for Outstanding Achievements in the Salmonid Restoration Field. If you would like to nominate someone for the Restorationist of the Year award, the Lifetime Achievement award or the Golden Pipe award, please submit 200 words describing the accomplishments of the nominee by January 18, 2012 to srf@calsalmon.org.

When do the field tours depart and from where?

All field tours depart from the River Lodge.

If you are going on a field tour please arrive early so you can pack a lunch and be ready to depart at 9am. Tours will return by 5 pm. Please come prepared with a water bottle, rain gear, and hiking boots.

Should I sign up for field tours and the Banquet in advance or can I decide at the conference?

Space is limited for the field tours and the Cabaret and Banquet. SRF expects that the banquet and field tours will sell out. We strongly advise advance registration to ensure that you can go on a field tour and attend the banquet. The Banquet includes a wild Copper River salmon dinner, local wine and beer, the awards ceremony, a Cabaret, and a great dance band.

If I am a presenter, do I need to fill out a registration form?

Yes, every person attending the conference needs to submit a registration form. If you are a presenter, please check the presenter box in the top right hand corner of the form. You can download a registration form from SRF’s web site at www.calsalmon.org Please mail your registration form to SRF, PO Box 784 or fax it to (707) 923-3135. Presenters do not receive a discount at the conference.

If I register for a workshop or tour that is full will I be able to get a refund?

SRF will contact you to see if you would like to sign up for another workshop or tour. If not, we will provide a refund for your tour/workshop.

Become a Co-Sponsor of the Conference

Find out how to be a sponsor here.