Landscape-Scale Restoration in the Eel River Delta
The Wildlands Conservancy
California State Coastal Conservancy
Humboldt County Resource Conservation District
SRF attendees will have an unusual opportunity to tour key restoration sites within the Eel River Delta, some of which are located on private land or are otherwise inaccessible for viewing. Points along the tour will include the 444-acre Riverside Ranch, the Port Kenyon reach of the Salt River channel, and much of the 1,200-acre Eel River Estuary Preserve, site of a proposed effort to restore tidal wetlands, historic Centerville Slough and its freshwater tributaries. Focal topics for the tour will include project challenges, lessons learned, biological responses to project features, construction management and administration, and more.
Numerous landowners as well as local, state, and federal agencies, industry representatives, and nonprofit organizations are working together to ensure the Eel River Delta is a working landscape that can support sustainable agriculture and other land management practices while providing healthy fish and wildlife habitats. The Eel Delta provides an historic opportunity to enhance coastal agricultural productivity while ensuring the long-term, recovery of Eel River salmon stocks capable of supporting the regional fishing economy of California’s north coast.