The Salmon River Restoration Council (SRRC) is a non-profit organization that has been serving California's Salmon River watershed and its community since 1992. We have a permanent staff of about ten plus additional seasonal project staff, field crews, and a large, dedicated group of volunteers and members. The SRRC is a chief promoter of cooperative actions within the local community and among the stakeholders of the Salmon River watershed.
Our mission is to assess, protect, and maintain the Salmon River ecosystem with the active participation of the local community, focusing on the anadromous fisheries resource and the development of a sustainable economy.
Through cooperative management activities, the SRRC addresses the distinct needs of the Salmon River watershed that arise due to the impacts of past catastrophic fires and fire management, timber harvest, road construction, mining, grazing, floods, residential and recreational use, as well as the inherent challenges faced in the remote, rugged mountain environment.
We work to foster the health and well being of our region and its inhabitants through a variety of projects and programs. We are an equal opportunity provider.
Our long term goals are to enlist community members in a cooperative approach to protect and restore the Salmon River aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, to create economic stability in the community by diversifying job opportunities based on restoration and conservation, to promote cooperative planning, education and management efforts with the managing agencies, the local Native American Tribes and the communities, and to help fill the resource management gaps left by traditional large governmental agencies which often have a difficult time with small or non-traditional projects, in terms of both conception and implementation.
In 1992, a group of Salmon River community members received support from the Klamath River Fisheries Task Force to host a series of cooperative workshops for the communities in the Salmon River subbasin. These workshops were aimed at increasing local awareness to help protect and restore the dwindling populations of Spring Chinook salmon and Summer Steelhead in the Salmon River. The community response was overwhelmingly positive and illegal harvest of these species noticeably reduced.
In response to the local community's desire to protect and restore the Salmon River anadromous fisheries, the Salmon River Community Restoration Program was created in 1993. Through the vehicle of the Community Restoration Program, local involvement and broadened volunteer efforts increased and led to the formation of the Salmon River Restoration Council, which became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1995.
To date the SRRC has sponsored more than 1200 restoration related workshops, workdays, and field trips. Community members, staff, technical specialists, and others have contributed over 9,962 volunteer days (79,700 hours) to watershed restoration activities. These activities have helped to increase coordination and cooperation between diverse stakeholders.
The mission of the Salmon River Restoration Council is to assess, protect, restore and maintain the Salmon River ecosystems with the active participation of the local community, focusing on restoration of the anadromous fisheries resources and the development of a sustainable economy. We provide assistance and education to the general public and cooperating agencies by facilitating communication and cooperation between the local communities, managing agencies, Native American Tribes, and other stakeholders.
The Salmon River Restoration Council is proud to have made many significant contributions to the community and watershed. Our work is made possible by a dedicated staff, numerous volunteer workers, our board of directors, funders, members, and significant community support. Below are some of our accomplishments.
Please read our Accomplishments Reports for a more detailed look.
The SRRC is guided by a nine-member volunteer board of directors who serve one year terms.
Toz Soto, President
Karuk Tribe Fisheries Biologist
Ben Beaver, Vice-President
Kathy McBroom, Secretary & Treasurer
SRRC Office Manager
MKWC Executive Director
Karuk Tribal Representative
Retired USFWS habitat restoration specialist
Karuk Tribal Representative
We would like to thank our current and past funders for their generous support. Without them, we would not be able to do our work.
The SRRC has operated the Salmon River Watershed Center in Sawyers Bar since 1996.
This large multipurpose facility is open to the public and serves as a community center for restoration meetings, a library with resource-related media, and an office for SRRC staff. The Watershed Center provides a space for many of the educational outreach events the SRRC puts on. The building is fully solar-powered and off-grid.
Address: 25631 Sawyers Bar Road, Sawyers Bar, CA 96027
The Watershed Center is located on the downriver end of Sawyers Bar in the large brown building (formerly the Sawyers Bar School). The nearest milemarker on the road is Mile 14 and we are about 1/4 mile upriver (at 14.25).
Get a detailed map and driving directions from your location.
From I-5 at Yreka: 1.5 hours (road sometimes closes
in winter after storms)
From I-5 at Weed: 2 hours (via Etna, road sometimes closes in winter after storms)
From Highway 96 at Somes Bar: 1 hour, 10 minutes
From US 101 at Arcata: 3.5 hours
Karuk Tribe of California
Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Klamath Siskiyou Art Center
Northcoast Environmental Center
Salmonid Restoration Federation
Bigfoot Trail Alliance
Watershed Research and Training Center
NOAA Fisheries Service
US Forest Service, Six Rivers National Forest
US Forest Service, Klamath National Forest
Natural Resource Conservation Service
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Klamath Restoration Agreements
Eddy LSR project
Junction Elementary School – Watershed Ed Program
Forks of Salmon Elementary School – Watershed
Klamath River Information System
AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project
Klamath National Forest Roadless Areas Map (PDF)