community watershed restoration since 1983

MRC Annual Meeting

The Mattole Restoration Council will be holding its annual meeting of the membership on Saturday, November 15 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Ettersburg School (4500 Ettersburg Rd, Ettersburg). As a community based non-profit, we greatly value the input and concerns of our community. This meeting will include a description of our previous and current year financials, program updates, and a discussion of Mattole restoration priorities.

Members who wish to run for a seat on the Board of Directors for the 2015-2017 term will also be announcing their candidacy at the meeting. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, please contact John Williams at .

This is a free event, and will include a potluck dinner after the meeting (from 5:00-6:00 pm). Please bring a dish to share, as well as your own plate and utensils. Note that there will be no refrigeration or ability to heat food at the event.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Cassie Pinnell at or 707-629-3514.

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Keyline Design for Drought Resiliancy

Jen Gilda and Monica Scholey present a free workshop for land managers, ranchers, land owners and community members on a whole systems design approach to hydrating the landscape.

Keyline design addresses:

– Understanding the landscape
– Capturing, storing and using water

– Strategic placement of infrastructure
– Water saving crop layout
– Utilizing beneficial species and building soil


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Welcome WSP Members Kate and Kristy!

Welcome Kate Finnigan and Kristy Smith! Kate and Kristy are Watershed Stewards Project members (a program of the CA Conservation Corps) who have joined the Mattole Restoration Council and the Mattole Salmon Group for the next 10.5 months. Though they only started two weeks ago, they’ve already been out pulling invasive species, tending plants in our native plant nursery, and working with local students both in the classroom and in the field.

Both are native Californians who graduated from Humboldt State University. Kate just spent a summer as a park interpreter in Mesa Verde Colorado and Kristy worked extensively with HSU’s natural resource department.

To learn more about the Watershed Stewards Project, visit their website here.

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Nursery Volunteer Day

Interested in native plants? Join us every Thursday at the Mattole Native Plant Nursery to help grow native plants for local restoration from locally sourced seed.  Learn native plant ID, propagation techniques, and support watershed restoration.  All ages welcome.  Please bring water, a lunch,  comfortable clothing, and sun protection.


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MRC Upgrades and Staffs Grasshopper Fire Lookout

MRC Works with CalFire and PG&E to Staff and Repair Grasshopper Fire Lookout

Grasshopper Lookout was built in 1958 to spot wildfires in the densely-forested communities of Southern Humboldt County. It has served as an essential fire communications outpost for the communities of Petrolia, Ettersburg, Redcrest, Weott, Myers Flat, Fruitland Ridge, Honeydew, Miranda, Garberville, and Redway. Situated at 3,381 ft. above sea level on top of Grasshopper Mountain in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the lookout additionally protects the resources of one of the most popular vacationing areas on the northcoast. Currently, Grasshopper Lookout is not operational due to a broken water system, rotten deck boards and no radio, among other maintenance issues. Because of its remote location, the lookout needs to provide accommodations for daily and overnight staff. Bringing this facility up to a standard that will include overnight staffing for the 2014 fire season is the goal of the project.

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Local Students Remove 49 lbs of Trash from Beach for CA Coastal Cleanup Day

Thank you local students who participated in the California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday September 19th! The students took part in a greater statewide effort that in Humboldt County alone cleaned up 62 locations. This coastal cleanup is an important step to changing our relationship with the ocean and keeping as much human made marine debris out of the ocean as possible. The students cleaned two main sites. The team from Triple Junction High School included 9 students and two teachers and Cassie Pinnell,  ED of the Mattole Restoration Council cleaned the North Fork site just upstream from the Mattole Estuary.

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King Range Organizations Form Alliance

Four organizations that have worked for decades to protect the King Range National Conservation Area have formed a new partnership that will result in better care for the region and better coordination between organizations. The new King Range Alliance (KRA) is composed of The Mattole Restoration Council, Sanctuary Forest, Mattole Salmon Group, and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association. We look forward to collaborating with our partners to promote education, science, and restoration in the King Range National Conservation Area. Read the full story here .

          Keep up with the KRA at the King Range Alliance website, or by liking us on Facebook !


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