community watershed restoration since 1983

Medicinal Herbs MFI Course

On April 1, Mattole Field Institute ran a well-attended, free field course on Medicinal Herbs with a local herbalist Nicole Gagliano of Wild and Wise Herbal CSA. Twenty-three community members came out for the instructional hike, which was noteworthy due to another popular event being subsequently scheduled on the same day. One delightful outcome of this field course was that it was attended by young and old: participants ranged from 6 years old to elders in their 70s. We learned to identify various medicinal plants growing along roadsides and in the forest of lower Mill Creek, and then had a focused classroom session where we discussed medicinal properties of the plants, with a hands-on session of medicine-making. Participants who stayed

for the latter portion took home medicinal tinctures and salves that they had prepared themselves, as well as a guide to herbal medicine-making prepared by Nicole.

Thank you Nicole and everyone that attended! And, thank you the Grace US Foundation for making this course possible!

To learn more about Nicole’s herbal CSA, Wild and Wise, visit wildandwisecsa.com.

For additional upcoming courses, click here.

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MFI Short Courses, Free and Open to the Public!

DATE CHANGE: Birding Mattole Beach and Estuary will now be offered on June 11.

Thanks to the generous support of Grace US Foundation, the Mattole Field Institute is excited to offer a series of 1-day courses that are free and open to the public! However, space is limited – so please RSVP with flora@mattole.org if you are interested in attending any of these great classes.

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Nick’s Interns – Application Process Open!

High school students! The application process for Nick’s Interns is now open. Spend 3 weeks this summer working with either the King Range BLM in Whitethorn, or the MRC in Petrolia. Not only will you be learning great new skills, but these are paid positions that will look great on your resume and college applications. More info and application here: http://www.mattole.org/programs/education/nicks-interns/

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Helicopter arrives to help fish

From my office window I’m watching the massive, double blade helicopter ‘Chinook’ land in the staging field. Over the next two days, local crews led by the Mattole Salmon Group, in partnership with BLM, will oversee the placement of 200 whole, intact large trees in the Mattole Estuary.  These trees will provide much needed habitat for fish, and will be added to the 200 trees that were placed in 2013. The trees come from the adjacent hillside, and are donated by the landowner to reduce Douglas fir encroachment of his grazing area- which means this is also helping to reclaim grasslands. Why a helicopter? This helicopter can carry an entire tree- root wad, branches, and trunk- unlike other heavy equipment. This whole tree provides the complexity that fish need, and helps the tree stay lodged in the Estuary for longer than a simple log. This means almost no hardware to anchor it, no large boulders trucked into the Mattole, and no need for extensive logging roads to access the trees. Also, helicopters can place a tree in a matter of minutes– which means that more wood is placed in a matter of days that we’ve had placed in decades of work.

For more about this and all the other work being done in the Estuary, see http://www.mattolesalmon.org/programs/habitat/restoration/estuary/ and information on the last round of heli-wood: http://www.mattole.org/news/mattole-river-estuary-project-update/.

If you are local, you can watch the helicopter while enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers at the viewing point on Lighthouse Road today (Monday Sept 19), and Prosper Ridge tomorrow (Tuesday Sept 20) from 11am-2pm.

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Win a Year’s Supply of Gold Rush Coffee!

What does coffee have to do with native plants? The Mattole Restoration Council and Gold Rush Coffee are partnering to bring you the opportunity to support your local native plant nursery AND win delicious, locally roasted coffee.

 

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Win 3 lbs Gold Rush coffee per month for 12 months ~$400 value
Available for local pick-up, or shipped to you monthly

How: Buy tickets online here or come by our Petrolia office

When: Drawing will be held at the MRC Hoophouse Hoedown at our new nursery site on July 9th
*You don’t need to be present to win

All proceeds will support the Mattole Restoration Council’s new, larger capacity native plant nursery

Gold Rush Coffee is a local, family business roasting premium coffees from around the world. Our small-batch roasting process ensures freshness, while 25 years of experience enhances each blend. We think our coffees are among the best available.IMG_8570

The Mattole Restoration Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FID 68-0037149.

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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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