Those most actively involved in ERRP will meet at 9 a.m. over coffee and bagels for a business meeting and strategic planning session that will run through noon. The public is invited to come for lunch at noon and to attend following presentations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. about 2013 accomplishments and 2014 plans.
UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Keith Bouma-Gregson will recap what was learned about toxic blue-green algae or cyanobacteria throughout the Eel River watershed. Education coordinator Sal Steinberg is leading a Van Duzen River public school project in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service that is teaching 500 students about the river and he will show pictures and movies of activities.
Jeff Hedin and Bruce Hillbach-Barger are co-leads for the ERRP wilderness committee and they will talk about clean up of large industrial marijuana grow this fall and the prospects for expanding wilderness. Fish monitoring and water temperature/flow 2013 studies will be recapped by ERRP volunteer coordinator Pat Higgins.
The purpose of the presentations is to report findings and progress to the public, to explain how people can get involved in 2014 projects, and to scope the community as to whether there are other areas of need for ERRP attention. If there is an unaddressed problem and ideas for solutions, it could become part of the ERRP 2014 Action Plan that is the product of the retreat. The 2012 and 2013 Action Plans were similarly produced in retreat and are posted on the ERRP website (www.eelriverrecovery.org).
A volunteer celebration dinner will be held at the end of the day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The main course will be albacore with vegetarian options available and beer and wine will be available.
The Beginnings Octagon is 5.8 miles west of Redway just off the Briceland-Thorn Road on Cemetery Road. Call 707-223-7200 to volunteer to help with the retreat or if you have questions or see the website or the ERRP Facebook page for further information.
The Eel River Recovery Project advisory group at Emandal on October 20, 2012 for the second ERRP retreat.