community watershed restoration since 1983

Burn Suspension Cancelled

 

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection,

Humboldt-Del Norte Unit,

 

CONTACT: Paul Savona

Fire Captain Specialist

(707) 726-1221

RELEASE DATE: 10/29/2015

BURN SUSPENSION CANCELLED

Humboldt and Del Norte Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

FORTUNA- Effective Monday, November 2, 2015 the burn suspension in Humboldt and Del Norte counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit Chief Hugh Scanlon is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid Non-Standard and Residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days.  Non Standard burn piles larger than 4’must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. To schedule an inspection or request information on burning requirements contact your local CAL FIRE Station.

CAL FIRE burn permits will be required in addition to Non Standard Air Quality Permits until the end of peak fire season. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fourth year of drought.  Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting vegetation burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times.  Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn MUST have a valid burn permit and verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning.

Burn day information is available at 1-866-287-6329.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
  • The burning of trash, processed wood or other debris is not allowed.
  • Do NOT burn on windy days.
  • Piles shall confirm to your permit requirements. Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

 

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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Updated Salmon Snapshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many fish do we have? What have we and our partner groups been up to? Want to know more about the Mattole? Check out the updated Salmon Snapshot for the Mattole River! Compiled by The Nature Conservancy from information from local groups and agencies, this site tallies the work done to date in the Mattole (and other watersheds) and provides population estimates for our fish.

Click here to check it out!

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Watershed Stewards Program AmeriCorps Internship Opportunities

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Stewards Program!

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Year 21 Mattole Restoration Council WSP members Kate and Kristy pulling invasive plants on the Lost Coast

  – Spend 10.5 months working alongside natural resource
professionals with one of WSP’s 22 organizations across the state (including the Mattole Restoration Council)

– Gain hands-on experience in the field

– Earn a total of $15,300, plus a $5,700 AmeriCorps education award

– Other benefits include: No-cost medical insurance,  industry recognized trainings, student loan forbearance, and access to WSP’s broad alumni network

 

 

Qualifications: Open to those 21+ with 25 credits of college-level science or 6 months of equivalent experience

For more information and the application, visit: www.ccc.ca.gov/go/wsp

 

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Welcome NER Crew Leader John Summers!

JohnPhotoWelcome John Summers, our Native Ecosystem Restoration Program’s new Field Crew Leader! John started last month, and has wasted no time diving in to his new duties.  His work will focus on leading crews in invasive species removal, riparian ecosystem restoration, native plant propagation,  and Sudden Oak Death (SOD) monitoring.

Prior to joining the MRC, John worked as a forestry technician and did several terms with AmeriCorps programs that focused on habitat restoration and environmental interpretation.

We’re thrilled to have him on our team!

 

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MRC Internship Opportunity

The MRC’s Native Ecosystem Restoration (NER) program
is seeking volunteer interns
for two 2015/16 internship sessions.

NER interns enjoying the view from an invasive plant project site

Position Duration: 6/01/2015 – 8/ 31/2015
Available Positions: 2-4

Position Duration: 10/01/2015 – 3/ 31/2016
Available Positions: 4

Full details about the NER Volunteer Internship can be viewed HERE

Questions? Email hugh@mattole.org

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Our Native Grass Seed Farm has Grown!

 

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The 9,000 grass plugs we installed at the farm were grown at the MRC nursery from seed we collected from local wild populations.

With the cooperation of some friendly landowners and the hard work of restoration technicians and AmeriCorps volunteers, the MRC’s native grass seed farm has expanded by an acre! The seed produced by our farm will be used in future restoration projects in and around the Mattole watershed.

An organic grass farm requires lots of maintenance, and we could sure use your help! If you’d like to be updated on upcoming volunteer work days at the grass farm, or any of our volunteer events, send your contact information to volunteer@mattole.org.  The support of our community is what makes all of our work possible. Thank you!

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Mulching and weeding are some of the routine maintenance tasks that will keep the grass farm healthy and productive.

 

 

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Welcome WSP Members Kate and Kristy!

Welcome Kate Finnigan and Kristy Smith! Kate and Kristy are Watershed Stewards Project members (a program of the CA Conservation Corps) who have joined the Mattole Restoration Council and the Mattole Salmon Group for the next 10.5 months. Though they only started two weeks ago, they’ve already been out pulling invasive species, tending plants in our native plant nursery, and working with local students both in the classroom and in the field.

Both are native Californians who graduated from Humboldt State University. Kate just spent a summer as a park interpreter in Mesa Verde Colorado and Kristy worked extensively with HSU’s natural resource department.

To learn more about the Watershed Stewards Project, visit their website here.

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Local Students Remove 49 lbs of Trash from Beach for CA Coastal Cleanup Day

Thank you local students who participated in the California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday September 19th! The students took part in a greater statewide effort that in Humboldt County alone cleaned up 62 locations. This coastal cleanup is an important step to changing our relationship with the ocean and keeping as much human made marine debris out of the ocean as possible. The students cleaned two main sites. The team from Triple Junction High School included 9 students and two teachers and Cassie Pinnell,  ED of the Mattole Restoration Council cleaned the North Fork site just upstream from the Mattole Estuary.

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