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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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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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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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We are hiring! Please see the job announcement for Executive Director position.

The Mattole Restoration Council is a 36 year-old watershed restoration non-profit on the Lost Coast of Northern California, with a million dollar plus annual budget and a regular staff of nine. We are a membership organization with an elected board of directors that undertakes landscape-scale watershed restoration and rehabilitation in the Mattole watershed and adjacent areas, and promotes a stewardship land ethic.

Job responsibilities:

 Works with the board of directors to execute the mission and long-term strategic goals;  Oversees and manages 9 regular staff and 60 seasonal employees;  Leads fundraising efforts and works with the program staff to develop projects and submit grant proposals to various federal and state agencies and foundations;  Directs the implementation of organizational policies and the strategic plan;  Acts as liaison to the community, partner groups, agencies, and other stakeholders;  Oversees fiscal management. Desired Qualifications  Excellent communication skills;  Experience with fundraising and developing federal and state grant proposals;  Experience with managing federal and state contracts;  Ability to establish dynamic relationships with a broad base of stakeholders;  Experience with non-profit fiscal and personnel management;  Commitment to community based watershed restoration;  A background in environmental science/biology/ecology;  Familiarity with watershed restoration strategies and methods;  Strong sense of self-direction and self-organization; The position is full to half time (negotiable), and reports to the board of directors. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes health, vacation, training and retirement benefits. The position is based in the Petrolia office, with travel throughout the watershed and Northern California. A valid driver’s license and functioning personal vehicle are required.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV and three references to John Williams,

For more information, call John at 707 629 3265. This position is open until filled; interviews begin on January 13, 2020.

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Project Coordinator Job Announcement

The Mattole Restoration Council’s Native Ecosystem Restoration Program is seeking a qualified candidate to manage multiple projects including Oak Woodland Restoration, Sudden Oak Death Monitoring and Control, and Invasive Plant Control. The PC will be responsible for managing the Oak Woodland Restoration Program, the Invasive Plant Control Program, monitoring the spread of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) throughout the Mattole and develop SOD projects to mitigate its impact on Mattole forests and fire safety. The PC will also supervise and mentor youth and college students on seasonal field projects.

Job responsibilities

 Work with federal and state agencies and local landowners to develop, design and implement

Oak Woodland Restoration, Invasive Plant Control, and Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Control

Projects throughout the Mattole and adjacent watersheds.

 Work with Program Director to develop grant proposals and final reports

 Assist Program Director with project management tasks on Riparian and Grasslands Restoration Projects

 Update and complete the Oak Woodland, Invasive Plant and SOD planning documents

 Lead staff and volunteers in the field for data collection and manual labor

Required qualifications

 Two years (4000 hrs) of experience managing ecological restoration or forestry projects

 Experience with Northern California oak woodland and grassland ecosystems, and familiarity

with native and non-native plant communities

 Experience writing grant proposals and managing contracts

 Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Microsoft Word and Excel

 Ability to perform field work in challenging terrain and weather conditions

 Strong written and oral communication skills

 Must commit to one year, 24 hrs/week and up to 40 hrs/week during field seasons

 Valid Drivers License

Other desirable qualifications

 Bachelors degree in Restoration Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, or a related field

 Experience supervising employees, managing budgets, and managing computer databases.

 Wilderness First Aid, Avenza Maps, GPS, and OSHA certifications

 Experience working with private landowners

Position Dates: December 9, 2019 – December 8, 2020 with opportunity to extend indefinitely

Hours: 24 hrs/week and up to 40 hrs/week during certain times. Opportunity to work up to 40

hrs/week with other MRC tasks not related to this position.

Wage/Benefits: $22 – $28/hr (Depending on experience) plus health, sick, vacation, and training benefits.

Location: The position is based in Petrolia, CA with travel throughout the watershed.

How to Apply: Email letter of interest, resume and three references to by

November 18, 2019. Visit or call Hugh at 406-546-2053 for more info.

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