community watershed restoration since 1983

February Plant Sale

Need native plants? Our nursery can set up a contract grow to propagate wetland plants, forbs, bunchgrasses, shrubs and/or trees for your Northern California restoration or landscaping project. We are currently seeking more propagation opportunities for this growing season, so please reach out soon if you need a native plant source for your 2021 projects. We have experience propagating high quality plant materials for more than 60 species – please refer to the species list to find out if we can grow something for you.

We also have plants available for sale year-round to the general public.
We are revising our plant prices this year – so now is your last chance to get this sale price on our rapidly dwindling nursery stock. Please contact our nursery manager to purchase plants or to find out more about a contract grow.


Below is a list of all plants that are currently for sale:

Don’t see anything you’re looking for? You can download our species master list here.

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Our Precious Prairies – March 10th

Imagine a meadow overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There’s black tailed deer grazing and meadow larks chirping and purple needlegrass wafting in the breeze. Waves pound on the beach below, and a comforting smell of wet grass hangs in the air. In addition to being stunningly charismatic, coastal prairies are one of the most significant ecosystems in California. These valuable areas, which contain perennial native bunchgrasses that sequester carbon, prevent erosion, increase groundwater retention, and provide essential habitat, are under siege by conifer encroachment, fire suppression, land use changes, and agricultural development. Join Hugh McGee and Veronica Yates of the Mattole Restoration Council as we explore the values, threats, and our restoration efforts to conserve these special and diminishing communities. 
1) Click on the following link
2) At the bottom of the yellow box near the top of the page, hit “CLICK HERE” even if the box isn’t advertising for this event. This will take you to a zoom registration page where you can select the appropriate time from the drop down menu labeled “Time.”
3) Select the appropriate time, fill out the information, and hit register.

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Fire and Fuels Training Opportunity through the Karuk Department of Natural Resources
















We are thrilled to share this incredible opportunity for folks interested in learning more about fire and fuels management. The Karuk Tribe invites all tribes, interested members of the public, and non-governmental organizations in the North Coast region to participate in ONLINE AND FIELD training as part of the Tribe’s Regional Forest & Fire Capacity demonstration project, “Burning Across Boundaries”. This project is intended to support collaborative planning that can enable tribes and partners throughout the North Coast region to work together in utilizing prescribed fire as a tool for achieving long term forest and ecosystem health. For more information email

Click here to download the full schedule with course descriptions.

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Deadline to Join the Board of Directors: January 30th!

We are currently accepting nominations for our Board of Directors. If you or someone you know is interested in running for the Board, email before our annual meeting on January 30. Membership will vote on new Board members in early February.

Anyone with a vested interest in the health of our community and local ecosystems is eligible for a nomination. Only current MRC members can nominate or vote for a Director – so make sure your membership is up to date.

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Giving Tuesday!

The MRC has been advocating and working to restore natural systems in the Mattole Watershed since 1983. That’s 37 years of serving our community and our watershed. 

This year has simultaneously challenged us and encouraged us to support each other more than ever. While the negativities of the year threaten to bring us down, the beauty in our communities, families, and ecosystem have framed our scene with a brilliant and shining resiliency. Just like the mighty Mattole, this year is a reminder that we too are sure to persevere and thrive in the face of adversity.

If you’d like to consider donating to the MRC in honor of Giving Tuesday, you can do so on our website here or via a check sent to PO Box 160 in Petrolia. For other ways to be involved, email Sarah Vroom at or drop us a line at (707)629-3514. Thank you!

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Giving  Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

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Postponed: Cutcha Risling Baldy Workshop

This was originally scheduled to be at the end of October and the beginning of November but has been postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. We know people were really excited about the workshop. You can find more information about HSU’s Native American Studies Department and Cutcha Risling Baldy’s work at their YouTube channel here.

We would also like to highlight the important work of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council whose traditional territory extends into what we call the Mattole Watershed. You can learn more from their website here.

Humboldt Histories: Indigenous Peoples & Environmentalism in Humboldt County

Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group and Sanctuary Forest are hosting a series of zoom presentations as part of our effort to better understand and work with Indigenous communities in our area. These free presentations will be open to the public, and we invite you all to join us as we continue to learn and grow from each other. The sessions, listed below, will be led by Cutcha Risling Baldy, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University.

Check out this video on by Sanctuary Forest on the Van Arken Creek.


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