community watershed restoration since 1983

Volunteer at the Native Plant Nursery

Interns and Volunteers help at the nursery

Do you like working with native plants? How about helping out our community? If so, come get your hands dirty with us at the Native Plant Nursery on Mondays from 10-12pm. This is also a great time to stop by for plant and seed inquiries.
Tasks vary weekly – but you can expect to enjoy simple fulfilling jobs such as transplanting trees, preparing seedlings to be planted, and maintaining our native Seed Farms.

Can’t make it out but still want to support the nursery? You can find some of the plants that we sell here.

For more information or to find out what we are doing this week, contact Veronica at 629-3514, or veronica@mattole.org.

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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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Sudden Oak Death Commmunity Meeting

Sudden Oak Death and the Mattole Watershed

Please join the Mattole Restoration Council and the University of California Cooperative Extension for a community meeting on the current status of sudden oak death (SOD) in the Mattole watershed. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session and field training to teach participants how to identify SOD symptoms and collect their own samples for SOD verification.

Please bring your own lunch. If you suspect to have SOD infected trees on your property, feel free to bring bay leaf samples for lab testing. For more information on identifying SOD symptoms, please visit:

http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/diagnosis-and-management/hosts-and-symptoms/

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Tree Planting in the Mattole Estuary

Sign up here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8H58K6

 

Event Location:

Mattole Estuary, off of Lighthouse Rd.

Approximate address: 2885 Lighthouse Rd, Petrolia, CA 95558

(For GPS purposes only, as address marker does not exist.)


If coming north from the Petrolia General Store, follow the Mattole Road south out of town. Continue about a mile down the road, crossing the river, and then take a right on Lighthouse Rd. Follow Lighthouse Rd. for 3.7 miles, until you see a two-track on the right, with Volunteer Event signage.  If you drive over Bear Creek, which flows directly on top of Lighthouse Rd, you’ve gone about a quarter mile too far.

If coming from Honeydew to the south, head west on Mattole Rd. out of town. Follow Mattole Rd. for 13.6 miles, until turning left onto Lighthouse Rd, directly before a bridge which crosses over the Mattole River. Follow Lighthouse Rd. for 3.7 miles, until you see a two-track on the right, with Volunteer Event signage.  If you drive over Bear Creek, which flows directly on top of Lighthouse Rd, you’ve gone about a quarter mile too far.

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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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CANCELLED: Sudden Oak Death Meeting

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ROAD CLOSURES AND INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Sorry for the inconvenience. We will keep you updated on future rescheduling. Stay safe and dry.

 

Please join the Mattole Restoration Council and the UC Cooperative Extension for a community meeting on the current status of sudden oak death (SOD). The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session and field training to teach participants how to identify SOD symptoms and collect their own samples for SOD verification.
If you suspect to have SOD infected trees on your property, feel free to bring leaf/twig samples for lab testing.

2-3:30PM Presentation and Q&As

3:30-4:30 Field Training Session and Field Trip

For more information on identifying SOD symptoms, please visit:
http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/diagnosis-and-management/hosts-and-symptoms/

Questions or Comments? Please Contact John Summers
at the MRC Office, 629-3514 or email john@mattole.org

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Annual Meeting of the Membership

 

Please join us for our annual membership meeting (open to the public, need not be a member to attend)!

 Schedule of Events

 11:00 Project Updates

An update on our upriver projects, including fuels management, invasive species, Sudden Oak Death, grasslands, sediment reduction, and native plants

1:00 Lunch ($5 suggested donation)

1:30 Board of Directors nominations and candidate statements

If you are interested in running for our Board, please feel free to contact us for more information

2:00 Membership meeting

We invite you to discuss ideas, questions, or concerns regarding our current and future priorities and projects

If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact Cassie at 707-629-3514 or cassie@mattole.org

Directions

To get to us via 101 from the north:
Take the Redway Exit and proceed 1.8 miles into Redway. Turn right at the Briceland-Thorn road (sign says “Shelter Cove, Kings Range”). Proceed 5.7 miles on the Briceland-Thorn Rd. Turn right just before the Briceland Township sign onto the Cemetery Road and proceed up the hill a short way.

To get to us via 101 from the south:
Take the Garberville Exit (639A) and proceed through downtown Garberville (Redwood Drive). Continue on Redwood Drive for 3.0 miles into Redway. Turn left at the Briceland-Thorn road (sign says “Shelter Cove, Kings Range”). Proceed 5.7 miles on the Briceland-Thorn Rd. Turn right just before the Briceland Township sign onto the Cemetery Road and proceed up the hill a short way.

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Van Auken Timber Harvest Plan

The MRC is reviewing the Van Auken/Arken Timber Harvest Plan (THP) 1-16-081HUM through the public comment process. This is a big plan, especially considering the type of activities that are proposed. The forests are barely beginning to recover with trees averaging 55-70 years old. The landowner, Boyle (Barnum), has proposed harvesting over 500 acres that will pockmark the landscape in tributary watersheds in the Mattole headwaters with some units in the Eel River watershed. There are 36 units total, with almost 200 ac

Photo Credit: Galen Doherty, Sanctuary Forest

Photo Credit: Galen Doherty, Sanctuary Forest

res being clearcut and another 100 being rehabilitated. This will mean almost 300 acres of cleared ground when operations are completed. The entire plan will use tractors or ground-based equipment to remove logs with an option to use cable yarding. Other flags include multiple stream crossings, some steep slopes, and the use of herbicides.

The MRC urges the public to comment on this plan. The process is still open for public comment as of March 2017. Check back here for updates. To understand the public comment process, go to the CAL FIRE website here:

http://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_forestpractice_thpreviewprocess

It is particularly important to understand the plan through the eyes of the Pre-Harvest Inspection reports. To view the contents of the plan and any reports filed go here:

ftp://thp.fire.ca.gov/THPLibrary/North_Coast_Region/THPs/THPs2016/1-16-081HUM/

Several of the tributaries: Van Arken, McKee and Ravashoni are part of a campaign by Sanctuary Forest to purchase the property for conservation. The forests and the entire Van Arken tributary would be protected into the future nurturing salmon, amphibians, and forest creatures for all of us. MRC cannot stress enough the importance of this project to our watershed. For more information, please go here:

http://www.sanctuaryforest.org/savevanarken/

To download a sample letter, click this  attachment sample-comment-letter-vanarken

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