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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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MRC Upgrades and Staffs Grasshopper Fire Lookout

MRC Works with CalFire and PGE to Staff and Repair Grasshopper Fire Lookout

Grasshopper Lookout was built in 1958 to spot wildfires in the densely-forested communities of Southern Humboldt County. It has served as an essential fire communications outpost for the communities of Petrolia, Ettersburg, Redcrest, Weott, Myers Flat, Fruitland Ridge, Honeydew, Miranda, Garberville, and Redway. Situated at 3,381 ft. above sea level on top of Grasshopper Mountain in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the lookout additionally protects the resources of one of the most popular vacationing areas on the northcoast. Currently, Grasshopper Lookout is not operational due to a broken water system, rotten deck boards and no radio, among other maintenance issues. Because of its remote location, the lookout needs to provide accommodations for daily and overnight staff. Bringing this facility up to a standard that will include overnight staffing for the 2014 fire season is the goal of the project.

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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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King Range Organizations Form Alliance

Four organizations that have worked for decades to protect the King Range National Conservation Area have formed a new partnership that will result in better care for the region and better coordination between organizations. The new King Range Alliance (KRA) is composed of The Mattole Restoration Council, Sanctuary Forest, Mattole Salmon Group, and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association. We look forward to collaborating with our partners to promote education, science, and restoration in the King Range National Conservation Area. Read the full story here .

          Keep up with the KRA at the King Range Alliance website, or by liking us on Facebook !

 

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