community watershed restoration since 1983

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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Join a discussion about Sudden Oak Death in the Mattole Watershed

You are invited to attend a free virtual meeting with Yana Valachovic (University of California Cooperative Extension) about sudden oak death (SOD) in the Mattole watershed. The meeting is at 6:30 pm on November 19th, 2020.

The MRC has been tracking the spread of this water mold and contributing our findings to the California state database. Get an update on where it is currently in the Mattole watershed. Learn about SOD basics like what is it, how does it spread, and what are the current best management practices to slow its spread. What should you do if you have SOD on your property or see evidence of it on public land? And perhaps most importantly: Can people, groups, and agencies work together to manage the impacts and fire risks?

TO JOIN, click on the following link:

You can also find this information and more on our events page.

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How to Poop on the Beach

Mattole area beaches including the Lost Coast have seen increased visitation in the summer and fall of 2020. It is a blessing to have these wild, wide open spaces to explore during the COVID pandemic and when other areas are severely impacted by wildfires, and local beaches are a great place to recreate safely. However, improper disposal of human waste is unsightly, unsanitary, and causes environmental damage to these precious areas. Please do your part to dispose of human waste properly, and help keep the beaches and dunes pristine

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Punta Gorda Elephant Seal Hike

Thanks to everyone who braved the intense winds to participate in the King Range Alliance’s hike to the Punta Gorda elephant seals!

Feb 8 was perhaps the windiest day any of us have experienced, but it was still so heartening to see so many people, of all ages, with such interest in learning about local wildlife.

Stay tuned for additional upcoming hikes brought to you by King Range Alliance partners.

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Welcome Sarah Vroom!

Welcome Sarah Vroom, our new Executive Director! 

Sarah Vroom first became involved with the MRC in 2017 as a member of our Board of Directors. As our new Executive Director, Sarah brings a unique mix of experience in and out of the field. For 8 years, she owned and managed an edible landscaping and permaculture design company with a specialization in home scale water management solutions. Sarah has taught community college classes on permaculture, soil health and water management, and has been a resident of the Mattole Valley for the last 5 years. Her field experience includes a wide variety of work ranging from fisheries technician to soil health consultant to fly fishing guide. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Mills College and is currently working on a Masters in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in fire ecology.

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MRC Annual Meeting: Jan 11 3:30 at Mattole Camp

Please join Mattole Restoration Council board and staff members for our annual meeting on Saturday, January 11th at the Mattole Camp and Retreat Center, 36841 Mattole Rd. Come learn about the MRC’s work over the past year and bring your ideas, questions, or concerns regarding our current and future priorities and projects. All are welcome to attend (you don’t need to be a current MRC member). If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at or the MRC office at 707-629-3514.

3:30 pm – Project updates from MRC staff – what did the MRC do in 2019?

4:00 pm – Membership meeting – we invite you to discuss ideas, questions, or concerns regarding our current and future priorities and projects

5:00 pm – Appreciating Claire Trower – Claire is stepping down from the MRC board this year, and has been involved with the MRC as either a staff or board member since the organization’s inception in 1983. We’ll be sharing stories about why we appreciate Claire’s years of dedication.

5:15 pm – Board of Directors nominations and candidate statements – the MRC board of directors is elected by the organization’s membership, and any current dues-paying member is eligible to run for the board

5:30 pm – Potluck dinner– please bring a dish to share

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Welcome Lisa!

We are happy to announce Lisa Hintz as our NER Project Coordinator.  Lisa will be leading up our oak woodland, invasive plant, and sudden oak death projects starting in January.  We are really grateful to have her on the team.
Welcome Lisa!

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