Salmonid Restoration Federation

February 2020 News and Annoucements

In this eNewsletter you will find:

  • 2020 SRF Conference Agenda Packet Now Online
  • 2020 SRF Conference FAQs and Lodging
  • 2020 SRF Conference Membership Soiree
  • 2020 SRF Conference Poster Session Now Open
  • Featured 2020 Workshop: Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration with Beaver and Wood: Jump-Starting Structurally Starved Streams
  • Featured 2020 Field Tour: Managing Sediment, Legacy Logging, and Mountain Bikes to Improve Salmonid Habitat 
  • CA Sea Grant Hiring
  • 2020 SRF Poster Session Registration
  • Co-Sponsor the 2020 SRF Conference
  • Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program
  • Redwood Creek, South Fork Eel Low-Flow Monitoring
  • SRF Restoration Job Board
  • Please Support SRF

2020 SRF Conference Agenda Online

SRF is happy to announce that the 38th Annual Conference will be held in Santa Cruz, California March 31-April 3, 2020. 

Final descriptions of the conference field toursworkshops, and sessions are now posted to the SRF website. The final agenda packet and 2020 Conference poster are posted online.

You may register for the 2020 Salmonid Restoration Conference online or fill out the registration form.

Register soon - advanced registration prices end February 21, and two tours have already sold out!

SRF Conference - Call for Awards
Deadline: February 7th

Please submit 200 words or more to nominate candidates for the illustrious Restorationist of the Year Award, the Golden Pipe Award for Innovation, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the new Gordon Becker Memorial River Advocate Award.

The Gordon Becker Memorial River Advocate Award is for candidates who have been strong river advocates or stewards.

These awards will be presented at the 2020 Salmonid Restoration Conference. Nominations should be sent to by February 7, 2020. Please write "Award Nominations" in the subject line.

2020 SRF Conference Hotel and FAQs

The largest conference hotel block is at the Hotel Paradox, which has a few rooms left at the state, federal, and premium rates. Please book soon to secure these great rates. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section of our conference webpage to see how to secure these group rates.
The fabulous Dream Inn on the Santa Cruz boardwalk is just a few minute walk from the conference facility at the Cocoanut Grove. Every room has spectacular ocean views. This boutique hotel is offering a deeply discounted rate for conference participants. Rates are $239 + tax per night for Sun - Thursday, and $359 for Friday and includes parking. To make a reservation, please call 831-740-8069 and ask for the Salmonid Restoration Federation Room Block.
The Bayfront Inn is offering a 20% discount if you book online before February 14. Use the promo code "salmonid" to get a double queen room Monday - Thursday  ($111.20), or a double queen room Friday - Saturday ($143.50). To book a single king room Monday - Thursday ($95.20), or a single king room Friday - Saturday  ($127.50), you will need to book via phone. Call (831) 423-8564 and mention the promo code "salmonid".

2020 SRF Conference - Membership Soiree

SRF’s Membership dinner will be a strolling soiree at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Join us for a celebration of Salmon Science, Art, and Seafood featuring local chefs for a culinary tour through the museum. This event will coincide with the unveiling of Ray Troll’s interactive California Salmonscape exhibit and will feature a short presentation by the iconic artist, and Sarah Mesnick who leads the science, art, and seafood campaign at NOAA Fisheries. Please purchase your tickets in advance - we expect this special event to sell out!

Featured SRF Conference Workshop: Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration with Beaver and Wood: Jump-Starting Structurally Starved Streams

The 2020 SRF Conference will feature a workshop called "Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration with Beaver and Wood: Jump-Starting Structurally Starved Streams" on Wednesday, April 1.

This workshop will be an opportunity to share recent developments in the evolving science and practice of low-tech process-based restoration (LT-PBR) of riverscapes. LT-PBR is the practice of adding low unit-cost wood and beaver dams to riverscapes to mimic functions and initiate specific processes that improve river habitats. Dr. Joseph Wheaton (Utah State University) will lead the morning portion of the workshop, providing an introduction to the LT-PBR restoration approach and case-study examples from recent and ongoing LT-PBR projects.

Featured SRF Conference Tour: 18 Years of Managing Sediment, Legacy Logging, and Mountain Bikes to Improve Salmonid Habitat 

The Managing Sediment, Legacy Logging, and Mountain Bikes to Improve Salmonid Habitat field tour on April 1 features 18 years of experience in the San Gregorio watershed.   

The day will start with 1.5 hours of presentations and workshop, providing project overview and data methods and analyses. The field tour will head to the San Gregorio watershed and the El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. Participants will hike the roads, trails, and bridges that Midpen rebuilt to reduce sedimentation, enter the mainstem of El Corte de Madera Creek, and learn about stream gaging, sediment sampling, and the basic techniques of V* field data gathering that were used. Topics will include discussions of logging legacy, large-wood jams, sediment rating curves, and natural vs. human-influenced sediment sources.

SRF Conference Agenda Packet Distribution

To help SRF distribute the  conference agenda packet, please fill out this form

2020 SRF Conference - Poster Session Registration Open

The Poster Session will be 7-10 pm on Thursday, April 2 at the Cocoanut Grove. This annual event is open to all conference attendees at no additional cost, and is a great venue to network with your peers. We encourage posters, pamphlet distribution, software exhibits, and multimedia (video) presentations.
If you would like to present during the Poster Session, click here to pre-register.
Please email info@calsalmon with any questions about the poster session.

Co-Sponsor the 2020 SRF Conference

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a co-sponsor of the 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference, please click here. Co-sponsorship inquiries can be sent to

California Sea Grant Hiring

CA Sea Grant is hiring a Research Coordinator to work out of their La Jolla office. More information is available on their website.

2020 CDFW Salmon Information Meeting

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Annual Salmon Information Meeting will be held on February 27, 2020 in Santa Rosa, California. At the meeting, agency staff will present information on 2019 ocean harvest, river harvest, and river returns for California salmon stocks and the outlook for California salmon fisheries in the upcoming 2020 season.  Additional meeting information and materials, including presentations, will be posted on the CDFW website.

State of the Salmonids - Fish in Hot Water

This free webinar will take place March 12 from 9-10am and feature a comprehensive scientific review on the state of salmonids in California by Patrick Samuel (CalTrout) and Dr. Rob Lusardi (UC Davis). Please register here to attend.

Redwood Creek, South Fork Eel Low-Flow Monitoring

SRF has been conducting low flow monitoring in Redwood Creek in the South Fork Eel watershed since 2013. Check out our website to see project resources, the low flow trajectory, and regular updates about this project.

SRF Restoration Job Board

SRF is hosting a Job Board on our website to post current positions related to the fisheries and watershed restoration field in California.

SRF Merchandise Available

Visit SRF's merchandise page to see our merchandise including select Ray Troll hoodies, baseball caps, and t-shirts, like the one featured below.