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Restoration Workshop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
American Legion Burkey Hall
Leggett, CA

You are invited to the first of a series of Restoration Workshops sponsored by the Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI). These workshops will especially focus on restoration practices, information, experiences, and examples that do, or might, apply for recovery actions in the Usal Redwood Forest (URF).

The first Restoration Workshop will be on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 10 am to 1 pm, and will be at the Leggett American Legion Burkey Hall (The Carl Burkey Memorial Hall).

North Fork of Usal Creek Directions:
The driveway to the Hall is at mile marker 92.5 on Highway 101. This driveway is on the eastern side of 101, just North of the junction of Highway 1 and Highway 101, across from the former Presbyterian Church on the westside. It is safest to enter the driveway from the South. We would suggest that if you're coming down from the North that you turn around in Leggett or on the frontage road on the eastside near the 1/101 junction and head North. The driveway off 101 then is the first driveway on your right. Keep to the right on the driveway which leads to the parking area of Burkey Hall.

PLEASE RSVP to Richard Gienger and RFFI's President/CEO, Mark Welther at these email addresses: and

The first Restoration Workshop will feature Allan Renger and Sean Gallagher of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDF&W) presenting the results of their spawning population survey work (5 to 10 years?) in the Eel River watershed and the Mendocino Coast, respectively - then focusing in on the Usal Redwood Forest. This is a 'big deal' - CDF&W is pretty tight with their data.

Also featured on April 23rd will be the Mattole River Baker Creek Project with Tasha McKee (Sanctuary Forest), Sam Flanagan (Bureau of Land Management -- BLM), Campbell Thompson (Mattole Salmon Group -- MSG) and other key project personnel. This is another 'big deal': raising the water table and creating accessible off-channel habitat for Coho and Steelhead, maybe even benefiting the Chinook that might make it into Baker Creek.

To view these presentations, see:
Restoration Workshop Presentations
April, 2014

Late breaking news on Baker Creek:
Coho Salmon actually made it all the way up the Mattole into Baker Creek to spawn after the February rains. This is pretty remarkable in several ways -- one being that salmon spawning in the Mattole has been commonly thought to go no later than January. Steelhead have been moving into these headwater spawning grounds as the late rains continue. Also a special field day for Baker Creek is being set up for April 25th.

Contact Tasha at Sanctuary Forest, 707-986-1087,, to get the details and to see if there is still room for you on that Friday.

Thanks & hope to see you at the April 23rd Restoration Workshop,
Richard Gienger
Restoration Committee Chair
Redwood Forest Foundation

Steelhead in Usal Creek in the Usal Redwood Forest
Steelhead in Usal Creek in the Usal Redwood Forest.
Photo credit: Richard Gienger

For more information about RFFI restoration projects, see:
RFFI Restoration Projects
An Illustrated Report (2013)


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