SRRC's latest newsletter (Fall 2016) is hot off the presses and in the mail to our members, supporters, and partners.
This issue focuses on current work in all of our programs and, as usual, the full-color, 100% recycled pages are full of beautiful images and information. Be sure to check it out! You can download it here.
Some specific highlights include recent work involving the Salmon River's lamprey populations, new genetic research on Salmon River spring-run Chinook, an update on water quality monitoring and watershed education, a look at SRRC's large-scale habitat restoration projects currently in progress, the latest on noxious weeds in the watershed, and a detailed look at the connection between SRRC's fuels reduction work and our increasing use of prescribed fire.
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For the third consecutive year, the Klamath River Training Exchange (TREX) prescribed fire program took place in fall. This large-scale cooperative effort involves the Salmon River Restoration Council, Mid Klamath Watershed Council, Karuk Tribe, The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, CALFIRE, and many others. The goal is to train a local workforce in the safe implementation of prescribed fire, to raise awareness of the role of fire in the ecosystem and the benefits of prescribed fire treatments, and to accomplish a significant amount of prescribed burning in order to protect homes, communities, and natural resources as a step toward restoring the natural role of fire on the landscape.
The primary geographic focus was in Happy Camp and Orleans this year, with one prescribed burn planned for the Forks of Salmon area and additional burns closer to Somes Bar.
The TREX program is managed as a Type 3 incident and uses the same command structure and procedures that are used in wildfire incidents. This ensures a highly organized operation that is staffed by qualified professionals with experience managing both wildfire and prescribed fire. Each burn is conducted according to an approved plan, has all required permits, and the appropriate firefighting resources (fire trucks, water tenders, hand crews, etc.).
SRRC's Fire, Fuels, and Forestry Program is increasing its capacity and abilties in conducting prescribed burn operations and we expect to do more of this work in the future. Please contact us if you would like to learn more or are interested in prescribed fire on your Salmon River property.
Adult Summer Steelhead: 195
Half-Pounder Steelhead: 132
Total Steelhead: 327
Adult Spring Chinook: 370
Total Spring Chinook: 406
We had no large wildfires in the Salmon River watershed in 2015-2016. This much enjoyed break in Salmon River fire activity gave us the time to put together a useful map that depicts wildfires, smoke dispersion, and other fire-related information for the area. You'll find this automatically-updated map on our Salmon River Flows, Weather, & Wildfires page.
Record breaking temperatures are becoming the new normal. Extended periods of 90°+ days lead to increasing water temperatures on the Salmon River so it won't be long before fish are relying heavily on cold water sources to survive. We encourage everyone to avoid disturbing fish in cold water refugia, and to please conserve water, especially if you are withdrawing it from a cold water source. Our brochure on fisheries and water conservation during this extended drought should provide some helpful tips.
Parched Rivers, Smoking Skies: A Year of Drought & Fire on the Salmon River available as a PDF digital download. Learn about the background of the drought, its ongoing effects to the river and fish, the massive wildfires of 2014 and how they may have benefited wild salmon in the river, as well as tips for water storage and conservation and new directions in fire understanding and management in our area. You will find an archive of past SRRC newsletters in our publications section.
Following our very popular newsletter that focused on Salmon River history, SRRC is pleased to announce the launch of a new multimedia history timeline on our website. The timeline features dozens of stories, hundreds of historical photos, audio, and video. Please check it out! This is an amazingly interesting trip through time.
The use of any motorized vacuum or suction dredge equipment as part of a mining operation in any river, stream, or lake is currently prohibited in California by state law and court order. Please visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife's Suction Dredge Permitting Program page for more information.