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MRC Annual Mtg: Water and Fire

December 5, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Join us for an afternoon of water and fire presentations and free individual consultations for landowners. Stay into the evening for a delicious dinner prepared by Luz ($10), the MRC annual meeting of the membership, and music.

 1:30-4:30 Presentations (HSU, MRC, Sanctuary Forest, NOAA, Fools Farm)

Presentations exploring the changes in local vegetation over time, fire and fuel management, potential uses for slash and biomass, water storage and groundwater recharge opportunities, and more. Presenters include:

1:35 John Williams, MRC- Historical vegetation changes in the lower Mattole

1:55 Jeff Kane, HSU- Fire ecology and fuels management

2:15 Alison O’Dowd, HSU– Fire impacts on stream communities


2:50 Tommy Williams, NOAA- Watershed approach to salmon restoration

3:10 Joel Bisson, HSU- Potential uses of biomass from timber harvests

3:30 Galen Doherty, Sanctuary Forest Inc- Mattole water projects

3:50 Kyle Keegan, Fool’s Farm- Restoration practitioner- Ecocultural Re-storyation


4:30-6:30 Landowner Resources & Individual Consultations

Bring your questions for individual consultations, or just come browse the tables

Fuels Reduction Ali Freedlund- MRC

Defensible Space Charlie Schuttloffel – MRC

Water storage and water rights Tasha McKee and Tristin Oates – Sanctuary Forest

Spring system design Sungnome Madrone – Mattole Salmon Group

Stewardship practices, permaculture, and dry farming Kyle Keegan – Fools Farm

Streamside setback and buffers Galen Doherty – Sanctuary Forest

Sustainable ag and environmental compliance for Cannabis Jessi Bergsma Rockenbach and Kris Schuster – Mattole Sustainable Farmers Guild and Hollie Hall – Compliant Consultations

5:30 Dinner by Luz ($10). Beer and wine for sale.

Delicious dinner of chicken mole or vegetarian enchiladas, with rice, beans, salsa, green salad, and flan (100 available).

Beer ($3) and wine ($4) available for purchase, including Anderson Valley, 21st Amendment, and Sierra Nevada.

6:30 MRC Annual Meeting & Board Nominations

Open to the public, come hear what the MRC has been working on and tell us if you have any ideas, concerns, or areas that you’d like to see more work done.

7:30 Music

Event is co-sponsored by the Mattole Restoration Council and Sanctuary Forest, with guest speakers and presenters from Humboldt State University, Sanctuary Forest, MRC, NOAA, Mattole Sustainable Farmers Guild, CalFIRE, Kyle Keegan, and more. Funding provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program drought funding for water stewardship education.

For more information, or if you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, contact Cassie at 629-3514 or


December 5, 2015
1:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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Mattole Valley Community Center
29230 Mattole Rd
Petrolia, CA
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