Once again, Trees Foundation is pleased to say that the 16th annual Coho Confab was a success. The three-day event took place along the Mattole watershed in Petrolia, California. The weekend was filled with presentations, workshops, and amazing food.
From August 9th to the 11th, we gathered at the beautiful setting of the Mattole Grange and A. W. Way Campground to explore watershed restoration to enhance the recovery of the salmon and steelhead through information sharing, learning new skills in restoration workshops, and creating new community ties. By bringing together community members, landowners, activists, and restoration specialists we were able to create an all-inclusive event that inspired community cooperation in all facets of restoration.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the workshops leaders and presenters throughout the weekend: Drew Barber, Bill Eastwood, Carlos Garza, Richard Gienger, Sam Flanagan, Hezekiah Allen, Sungnome Madrone, Tasha McKee, Nathan Queener, Allan Renger, Zane Ruddy, John Sandberg, Harry Vaughn, Tommy Williams, Hugh McGee, Michael Pollock, and Sam Flanagan.
A very special thank you to the local business that donated food for the event: Brio Breadworks, Casa Lindra, Cypress Grove, Chautauqua Natural Foods, Los Bagels, Mad River Brewery, North Coast Co-op, Ramone’s Bakery and Cafe, Redway Liquor, Shop Smart-Redway, Signature Coffee, the Tofu Shop, and donating farmers from the Garberville Farmer’s Market.
Thank you Rich Nelson from the Yurok Tribe, that put together a tremendous salmon feed. We would also like to thank our volunteers: Anna Halligan, Alicia Hamann, Natalie Arroyo, Noah Levy, Hana Hammer, and as well all the weekend participants that helped make the Coho Confab a success.
A tremendous thank you to A.W. Way Campground and the Mattole Grange for allowing us the use of their facilities; and this year’s co-sponsors, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sanctuary Forest, Mattole Restoration Council, and the Mattole Salmon Group.
Lastly, and most importantly a huge thank you to Joan Merriman, our extraordinary chef; Francine Allen and Dana Stolzman, our coordinators; as well as the staff of Trees Foundation and the Salmonid Restoration Federation for making this event possible. Trees Foundation looks forward to next year’s Coho Confab and hopes to see you there.