Salmonid Restoration Federation

February 2015 eNewsletter Highlights

2015 Salmonid Restoration Conference Registration Now Online

The 33rd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference, focused on Fisheries Restoration: Planning for Resilience, will take place March 11-14, 2015 in Santa Rosa, California.

Online registration is now open. Advanced registration ends February 11, 2015.

Click here to view the Final Agenda.

Water Conservation and Coho Salmon Recovery Workshop

February 7, Briceland, CA

SRF, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sanctuary Forest, and NOAA Fisheries will host a workshop and coho salmon recovery open house to highlight the newly released SONCC coho salmon recovery plan, water conservation opportunities for rural landowners, and how to implement local strategies to support habitat restoration that would benefit wild salmon populations. This workshop will explore water storage and forbearance programs, landowner incentives, and water rights. For more information, click here.

Large Wood Placement Methodologies Field Tour

A featured tour at the upcoming 2015 SRF Conference

The absence of naturally recruited wood in stream channels has resulted in simplified stream channels and degraded habitat in salmonid watersheds throughout the Pacific region. Over the past couple of decades, the placement of large wood in stream channels has been widely used to provide for channel and habitat complexity until natural wood recruitment occurs. On this tour we will visit project sites in western Sonoma County where different methods have been used to return large wood to stream channels, and discuss the effectiveness, feasibility, advantages and disadvantages of each method, as well as their relative cost in various settings.

Bioengineering and Floodplain Restoration Projects on the Russian and Napa Rivers

A featured tour at the upcoming 2015 SRF Conference

Bioengineering Associates will start the day with an overview of bioengineering techniques and a tour of two bioengineering restoration projects on the Russian River including the Asti winery and the Odd Fellows Recreation Club six miles upstream of Guerneville. These two sites feature a large number of bioengineering techniques used to rebuild large, damaged riparian areas including: live willow brush mattresses; boulder, gravel and live willow brushlayer lifts; live willow staking; coir wrapped soil and live willow brushlayer lifts; live woven willow walls; as well as live willow vegetated boulder deflectors, siltation baffles used to restore a destroyed riparian flood terrace at Asti.

FRGP PSN Proposals Due March 30

In order to utilize the on line submission system the release date of the 2015 PSN has been moved back. The 2015 PSN will be released Tuesday, February 17, 2015 (Monday, February 16th is a holiday). Submissions will close Monday, March 30, 2015. Applicants will still have 6 weeks to submit their proposals. Click here for additional information.

Using Beaver to Restore Streams Workshop
February 12, Weed, CA

An intensive 1-day workshop symposium for the beta release of a state-of-the-science manual regarding the use of beaver to restore streams. Workshops will be interactive with the audience as we walk through the manual and describe its use to facilitate the restoration of streams. Assessment tools will be provided for determining how, where, and when to use beaver in stream restoration. Also included will be a discussion of the regulatory process and how to maximize the probability of successfully obtaining permits.
Registration is $50.

Water Conservation Grant Opportunity
September 14-18, Sacramento, CA

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation have established the Agriculture Water Conservation and Efficiency program to work with water agencies on projects to improve water management, create new supplies for agricultural irrigation, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Here is a link to a $3.3 million water conservation grant program. Click here to learn more about this $3.3 million water conservation grant program.