community watershed restoration since 1983

King Range Invasive Plant Removal

King Range Invasive Plant Removal
June 8, 9, and 10 & July 20 and 21. Join us for one day, or come for all!

Explore remote areas of Prosper Ridge and learn identification and eradication methods for invasive plants. These day-trips involve moderate hiking. Please bring sunscreen, a sunhat, water, and lunch.

Meet at the Mattole Valley Community Center at 8am and return at 4pm
You may drive your own vehicle if you’d like to work a shorter day.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

To RSVP, or for more information, email christina@mattole.org or hugh@mattole.org.

 

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Seed Collection at MRC’s Native Grass Farm

MRC Native Grass Farm Seed Collection
June 4, 22 and 30 & July 9 and 15. Join us for one day, or come for all!

Come volunteer at the MRC’s native seed farm and learn native grass identification and seed collection methods. Be prepared for heat during these workdays: bring sunscreen, a sunhat, water, and lunch.

Meet at the Mattole Valley Community Center at 9am and return at 5pm.
You may drive your own vehicle if you’d like to work a shorter day.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

To RSVP, or for more information, email christina@mattole.org or hugh@mattole.org.

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King Range Grasslands Seed Collection Campout

Collecting blue wild rye (Elymus glaucus) in the King’s Range.

 

King Range Grasslands Native Seed Collection Campout
June 1-2, 2015

Explore the remote grassland ridges of the King Range National Conservation Area, while collecting native grass seed for use in restoration projects. Learn native grass identification and seed collection methods. Collections will take place on wild and beautiful Lake and Spanish Ridges.

This trip requires backpacking and extensive hiking (15-20 miles over two days). Please email for complete details.

RSVP required.  For details, please email christina@mattole.org or hugh@mattole.org

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Watershed Stewards Program AmeriCorps Internship Opportunities

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Stewards Program!

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Year 21 Mattole Restoration Council WSP members Kate and Kristy pulling invasive plants on the Lost Coast

  – Spend 10.5 months working alongside natural resource
professionals with one of WSP’s 22 organizations across the state (including the Mattole Restoration Council)

– Gain hands-on experience in the field

– Earn a total of $15,300, plus a $5,700 AmeriCorps education award

– Other benefits include: No-cost medical insurance,  industry recognized trainings, student loan forbearance, and access to WSP’s broad alumni network

 

 

Qualifications: Open to those 21+ with 25 credits of college-level science or 6 months of equivalent experience

For more information and the application, visit: www.ccc.ca.gov/go/wsp

 

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Chipper Demo Day

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The Chipper will be in operation at Mattole Valley Community Center March 26 on a project that will remove branches and small trees that are both a fire and safety hazard. We welcome the public to come and check out the Chipper in operation from 2:30-4:30 pm. Folks interested in participating in FREE chipper time at their home during MRC’s Chipper Day happening soon can learn more and sign up. Otherwise, chipper with crew are for hire for your fuel reduction needs. And you can keep the chips if you want.

 

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Grass Farm Volunteer Day

Spring is coming, and that means there’s lots of work to do at the farm! Join us Monday, March 9th for a day of maintenance, including weeding and mulching, at the MRC’s native grass farm. Our farm produces seed for use in restoration projects in and around the Mattole watershed. You’ll learn about native grasses and organic agriculture techniques, while supporting watershed restoration.

 

Meet at the MRC office on Mattole Rd. at 10:00 a.m., and we’ll carpool to the grass farm. We’ll be working until 3:30 p.m., but volunteers who can only work a partial day are welcome! Please bring water, a lunch, and sun protection.

 

If you’d like to be updated on other upcoming volunteer events,
send your info to volunteer@mattole.org

Thank you – your support makes all of our work possible!

 

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Welcome NER Crew Leader John Summers!

JohnPhotoWelcome John Summers, our Native Ecosystem Restoration Program’s new Field Crew Leader! John started last month, and has wasted no time diving in to his new duties.  His work will focus on leading crews in invasive species removal, riparian ecosystem restoration, native plant propagation,  and Sudden Oak Death (SOD) monitoring.

Prior to joining the MRC, John worked as a forestry technician and did several terms with AmeriCorps programs that focused on habitat restoration and environmental interpretation.

We’re thrilled to have him on our team!

 

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MRC Internship Opportunity

The MRC’s Native Ecosystem Restoration (NER) program
is seeking volunteer interns
for two 2015/16 internship sessions.

NER interns enjoying the view from an invasive plant project site

Position Duration: 6/01/2015 – 8/ 31/2015
Available Positions: 2-4

Position Duration: 10/01/2015 – 3/ 31/2016
Available Positions: 4

Full details about the NER Volunteer Internship can be viewed HERE

Questions? Email hugh@mattole.org

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Our Native Grass Seed Farm has Grown!

 

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The 9,000 grass plugs we installed at the farm were grown at the MRC nursery from seed we collected from local wild populations.

With the cooperation of some friendly landowners and the hard work of restoration technicians and AmeriCorps volunteers, the MRC’s native grass seed farm has expanded by an acre! The seed produced by our farm will be used in future restoration projects in and around the Mattole watershed.

An organic grass farm requires lots of maintenance, and we could sure use your help! If you’d like to be updated on upcoming volunteer work days at the grass farm, or any of our volunteer events, send your contact information to volunteer@mattole.org.  The support of our community is what makes all of our work possible. Thank you!

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Mulching and weeding are some of the routine maintenance tasks that will keep the grass farm healthy and productive.

 

 

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