community watershed restoration since 1983

Burn Suspension Cancelled



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


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

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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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Students clean 471 pounds of beach trash!

Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, and volunteers who turned out for Coastal Cleanup Day!  On September 18, students from Mattole Triple Junction, Mattole School, Honeydew School, and Independent Study programs partnered with community members and the Mattole Restoration Council to clean an impressive 471 pounds of trash from 7 Mile Beach!Ms

These 48 students and 21 adults filled 15 bags with trash and recycling, then returned to school to tally their collections as follows: 29 food wrappers, 1 cigarette butt, 6 fishing buoys/pots/traps, 76 meters of rope, 10 pieces of construction material, 2 tires, 81 plastic bottles, 22 glass bottles, 42 beverage cans, 11 plastic bags, 4 paper bags, 53 pieces of plastic or foam packaging, 30 plastic (non-beverage) bottles, 10 shoes, 5 metal stakes,  and ~1300 pieces of plastic micro trash.  Without the hard work of these students, this trash would have likely become marine debris, posing a risk to marine life and the health of our Ocean.

WalkingCoastal Cleanup Day is an annual event that started in Humboldt County 35 years ago by the Northcoast Environmental Center. This year, 400 Humboldt volunteers tackled 65 sites to collect 6-8 tons of debris.  Statewide, over 53,555 volunteers turned out on Coastal Clean-up Day to clean 307 tons of debris from 900 sites.

Great job students, and a special thank you to all the parents, teachers, MRC staff, and volunteers that turned out to help!

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Heavy Equipment Contractor Solicitation – UPDATE: Bid Awarded

UPDATE: We have selected Patrick Queen Construction. Thank you to all the contractors who submitted bids.

Solicitation of Proposals

The Mattole Restoration Council invites interested companies to submit a proposal for vegetation removal for Phase 3 of the Prosper Ridge Prairie Restoration Project. Submitted project proposals need to be either emailed to or received by the MRC, PO Box 160, Petrolia, CA 95558 by July 29, 2015.

Project Location: Prosper Ridge Prairie Units to be treated in this phase are identified on the attached map. This project is entirely on public lands managed by the Arcata Area Bureau of Land Management. The units are south of the Mattole Beach campground on Prosper Ridge Road. The nearest town is Petrolia, CA.

Project Description:
Prosper Ridge Prairie Restoration Project Phase 3 is a grasslands restoration project the Mattole Restoration Council has been implementing on public lands in the North King Range Prairie area with direction and funding through the Arcata Bureau of Land Management (BLM) since May 2014. The overall goal of the project is to restore areas of open grasslands in areas of historic coverage through multiple treatments. It is a multi-year process dependant on timing and funding. This phase calls for the mechanical removal of vegetative species that have colonized in the absence of fire grassland ecosystems. Species to be removed include coyote brush (Bacharis pilularus) with as much of the root ball intact to prevent re-growth and Douglas-fir (Psuedostuga menzesii). Removed material will be piled in large piles away from fuels. Contractor is not responsible for burning piles. The equipment that has successfully removed this vegetation and created piles includes a mid-sized excavator with a thumb. The Windy Point and Cattle Guard units are on relatively flat ground, however, the Strawberry Rock and Barksdale Table unit has areas in excess of 30% slope. Some treatments have already occurred in some units. Total acres is approximately 100, actual treatment acres are far less. Not all acres will be treated with this phase. Project will begin in August but only until August 21 (hunting season). These preliminary treatments will target removal of pure young Douglas-fir as the ground is currently too dry for the complete removal of coyote brush and root wad. Once the rains begin, other treatments will begin again, likely in January 2016.

Project Tour:
There will be a project tour depending on interest on July 24, 2015 from 9:00 am-12:00pm. Please RSVP with Ali:, or call (707) 822-4477.

The proposals should emphasize experience with efficiency of treatment over total number of acres treated.. This contract is between the Mattole Restoration Council and chosen Contractor. Contractor will be paid upon completion of project sites or when work is stopped for the season due to soil moisture and/or weather. Mattole Restoration Council will direct timings of treatments in consultation with BLM project manager.

The proposal should detail the following information with a not-to-exceed amount of $83,000:
1) Contractors License and Insurance
2) List all experience completing vegetation removal projects, especially with species mentioned above. Provide information of number of years as well as how many acres of vegetation removal has been completed to date.
3) Describe equipment type and rate per hour for equipment and rate per hour for operator. Prepare a budget that details total number of equipment operating hours proposed for the NTE amount of $83,000 (operating hours only include time when operator is in machine removing vegetation)
4) Personnel to be used
5) Mobilization and Demobilization Costs
6) Operating safety protocols and spill prevention protocols
7) Federal Prevailing Wage rates
8) Other Contracting Costs

Evaluation Factors
The MRC will evaluate all proposals in a fair and equal manner using the above numbered details to determine the selection.

A contractor will be selected on Friday, July 31. The contract will be executed and work should begin shortly thereafter.

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Watershed Stewards Program AmeriCorps Internship Opportunities

WSPLOGOAmericorpslogoCCClogo      Join the Watershed
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:


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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

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Our Native Grass Seed Farm has Grown!



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  The support of our community is what makes all of our work possible. Thank you!


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



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