community watershed restoration since 1983

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: http://ucanr.edu/sod2020

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 @ 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 nathan@mattole.org 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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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 nathan@mattole.org 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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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, jgwill@frontiernet.net.

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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