Mad River Restoration Field Tour

February 3, 2018@ 1 pm – 4 pm


Humboldt Steelhead Days Restoration Field Tour #2: Powers Creek, Green Diamond
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1pm to 4pm
Where: Meet at the Humboldt Steelhead Days Expo, at Prasch Hall (roller rink) in Blue Lake
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Powers Creek Portion:
In 2016 the Blue Lake Rancheria received a Tribal Wildlife Grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to remove a fish passage barrier near the mouth of Powers Creek, a tributary to the Mad River that flows through the City of Blue Lake and the Blue Lake Rancheria. The barrier was an undersized bridge and unreasonable amount of concrete reinforcing the banks and bed of the channel, blocking fish passage just 500′ up from the Mad River. The tour will visit the newly installed wide span bridge and re-contoured channel, which opened up fish passage for over a mile of upstream habitat. This project is a success story in perseverance and partnerships, as well as fish passage. The Tribe worked closely with the adjacent (non-tribal) landowner, NOAA Fisheries, Cal Trout, California Fish & Wildlife, SHN Engineers, and Humboldt Fish Action Council. Environmental Programs Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria, Michelle Fuller, and NOAA Fisheries Hydrologist, Leslie Wolff, will lead the tour.

Green Diamond/Mad River Portion:
Since 2012 several projects have occurred on the North Fork Mad River and two tributaries which has dramatically improved fish passage and habitat on Green Diamond Resource Co. property.  The tour will visit two instream restoration projects focused on the installation of large woody debris structures, and two culvert replacement projects which improved fish passage in a perennial, cold water stream.  The first stop will be in the historic town of Korbel and the second stop about a mile downstream. AHCP Road Supervisor Jeremy Wright and Aquatic Biologist Matt House (tentatively) of Green Diamond Resource Co. will lead the tour which will last about an hour.

2018 Past Event: Wood Creek Restoration Field Tour

Click Here for the Times-Standard article about the tour written by Hunter Cresswell.

Humboldt Steelhead Days Restoration Field Tour #1:  WOOD CREEK, Freshwater Farms Reserve
Join Northcoast Regional Land Trust and Mad River Alliance/Humboldt Steelhead Days on a tour through the Wood Creek restoration project on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm.  Participants will learn about coho salmon life history, the significance of estuarine habitat, large wood structures, fish monitoring technology, contextual historical regional land uses and project successes and challenges.  Tour attendees will also have the opportunity to actively participate in the restoration project through a vegetation based stewardship activity. Please email Projects and Stewardship Director, Kerry McNamee for more specific information.
* Expect wet and muddy conditions, wear rubber boots (waders if possible) and bring gloves.  **Donations ($20 suggested, sliding-scale accepted; payable at event) will benefit Humboldt Steelhead Days and Mad River Alliance.”

Visit the NCRLT website for more info.

Wood Creek Phase II tidal channels created in summer 2016 off of mainstem Wood Creek (visible at the far right)
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Wood Creek Phase I construction design, completed in 2010.


Below: the NCRLT board making it happen.


Directions to Freshwater Farms Reserve

Project Site Location:
Freshwater Farms Reserve
5851 Myrtle Ave, Eureka CA 95503

Heading North: Take Highway 101 North and make a right at the Indianola Cutoff, at traffic circle take the 1st exit onto Myrtle Avenue. Continue south for 2 miles. Freshwater Farms Reserve is on the right, parking lot (and meeting spot) approximately 500 feet past barn on the right.

Heading South: Take Highway 101 South and make a left at the Indianola cutoff, at traffic circle take the 1st exit onto Myrtle Avenue. Continue south for 2 miles. Freshwater Farms Reserve is on the right, parking lot (and meeting spot) approximately 500 feet past barn on the right.