A letter from HSD founder, Dave Feral —
Fast becoming Humboldt’s signature wintertime event, Humboldt Steelhead Days will run from January 1st to April 1st, 2017. The event is a winter-long promotion of steelhead angling opportunities, education, and celebration throughout the county. Major rivers featured are the Trinity, Mad and Eel.
Humboldt Steelhead Days is a fishing competition for both a catch–and-keep and catch-and-release photo contests featuring cash prizes totaling $10,000. In addition to the fishing competition, there will be will be onshore clinics and seminars, as well as theater and film, and the Restoration / Spawning / Brewery tours held on selected weekends throughout the season. Events will take place at a variety of venues throughout Humboldt County, designed for both beginners and experts.
The North Coast is the birthplace of Salmonid Fisheries Restoration, and Humboldt Steelhead Days is proud to announce we will be hosting an array of Restoration / Spawning / Brewery Tours as an exciting new addition to this year’s events.
“In 1997 California Legislature SB 271 was landmark bill that added new categories for funding under the California Department of Fish & Game’s Fisheries Restoration Grants Program (FRGP). Watershed planning, upslope erosion control, organizational support, and monitoring became new funding categories under the FRGP.” (Don Allen of Salmonid Restoration Federation)
Over the past 20 years, multiple restoration projects have taken place across California with the intent of recovering Steelhead & Salmonid populations by reconnecting fish to streams once lost, improving upslope land management, and enhancing spawning and rearing grounds. A host of fisheries biologist, hydrologist, engineers, and watershed experts have been restoring watersheds one project at a time and assessing project success over that time, and in recent years the importance of high-flow refugia, estuary habitat, floodplain development, and the removal of fish-barriers have been given the highest of priorities.
Humboldt Steelhead Days Restoration / Spawning / Brewery Tours will be held within Humboldt Bay, Mad, Eel, and Trinity River region, and focus on presenting many of the successful restoration projects in the region. Tour group size is limited to 15 participants ensure a quality experience.
A short list of site visits includes: Morrison Gulch Culvert Replacement, Powers Creek fish passage barrier removal, Lindsay Creek Spawning Grounds, and the Wood Creek Restoration Project. All tours will include Instruction from local fisheries and restoration experts, and a visit to one of the local breweries including; Mad River Brewery, Eel River Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewery, and other local favorites!
Tour partners and sponsors include: California Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, NOAA Fisheries, Blue Lake Rancheria, Tim Broadman, Green Diamond Resource Company, Stillwater Sciences, Pacific Watershed Associates, Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association, Ross Taylor and associates, North Coast Regional Land Trust, Mad River Brewing Co., and Thomas Dunklin.
Registration is $55 per person, which includes transportation, instruction, and brewery stop. All net proceeds will benefit programs of non-profit groups Mad River Alliance, California Trout, and Mountain Community & Culture.
To learn more, email Dave Feral, founder of Humboldt Steelhead Days and Mad River Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.madriveralliance.org
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