Board vice president
If juvenile salmon and steelhead can celebrate, they are probably dancing in the cold Mattole waters. Evidence of the effectiveness of a growing effort to save local populations of native fisheries is increasing. A broad spectrum of landowners, nonprofits and agencies are responsible for the level of success of this monumental task.
Sanctuary Forest Inc., in conjunction with many other organizations, continues to find new ways to improve fish habitat. These improvement projects are possible with community support and the leveraging of other private and public funds. To acknowledge our accomplishments and garner additional support Sanctuary Forest is presenting a night of fine dining, live dance music, and a silent auction at the Beginnings Octagon on Saturday, Sept. 7. Please join us and bring your friends and neighbors. All are welcome.
After years without a trace of coho salmon in Baker Creek (a Mattole tributary), juvenile coho have been counted in overwhelming numbers this summer after the successful implementation of a groundwater recharge project in the winter of 2012. Sanctuary Forest, the Bureau of Land Management and Mattole Salmon Group, along with many others, implemented the Baker Creek project in the hopes of restoring natural watershed processes and providing resilience to climate change. The fish response has been phenomenal. At least two adult coho spawned in Baker Creek this year and nearly a thousand juvenile coho were observed in the alcove habitat that was built.
Keeping the rivers flowing during these dry months of virtually no rainfall is paramount to the success of our efforts to save the fish. Most residents are conscious of the need to conserve water. Many have found a way to store enough so they can abstain from extracting water from rivers, creeks and springs until the rains return. Others use as little as possible for household needs and modest gardens. Sanctuary Forest has begun providing blue wooden fish to be displayed as a symbol of cooperation with the water forbearance effort. The hope is that this will encourage others to join in this effective means to help keep the rivers flowing.
Sanctuary Forest is watching the return of the coho to Baker Creek and the commitment and passion of the community to save water with great joy and hope. In order to achieve watershed-wide habitat recovery for coho salmon, however, these ground-breaking processes must be replicated in several other streams and tributaries. Sanctuary Forest is seeking funding to continue and expand these successful projects. Your support at Sanctuary Forest’s 26th anniversary celebration, on Sept. 7, will help keep this valuable work moving forward. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The Asian fusion dinner prepared by Nancy Miyamoto and her crew of volunteers will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The silent auction will feature local art, wines, weekend get-aways, and many other donated quality items. The live music for dancing will be provided by Vidagua and Asha Nan starting at 8:30 p.m. and going until midnight. Don’t miss this magical night of celebration.
Entrance is $25 at the door. Asian dinner is $20. For more information contact Marisa@sanctuaryforest.org or call 707-986-1087 extension 1#.