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Devil's Gulch 2015
North Bay Trout Unlimited hascompleted a significant project enhancing habitat in Devil’s Gulch, a key tributary to Lagunitas Creek in Marin County, California. Devil’s Gulch is critical habitat for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead populations along the Central California Coast. NBTU, together with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Dragonfly Consulting, restored woody structure in eight locations along this creek, reversing some of the adverse effects attributable to a history of logging in the area. This project is the latest effort by NBTU in their over 30 years of restoration work in the Lagunitas Creek watershed.
What will this project accomplish? By slowing down flows during periods of rainfall in winter, it provides shelter for fish during peak run-off periods and helps maintain spawning areas. This shelter will also allow juvenile fish to grow larger before they migrate out to sea in the spring. During summer, the woody habitat will result in the creation of pools and cover, keeping the creek cool and allowing fish to hide from predators. Please go to https://vimeo.com/103375891 to learn why large woody debris is so important.
The North Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the coho and steelhead of Devil’s Gulch, are grateful to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Marin Municipal Water District, California State Parks, Dragonfly Consultants, and Doug Gore for their assistance and collaboration in connection with this project; and to the California Department of Fish and Game and Patagonia for their financial support.
Coho and Steelhead Juvenilles From Devil's Gulch
NBTU hosted its fifth and final Redwood Creek workday of 2015 on Saturday, November 14th. Twelve NBTU volunteers along with several other volunteers groups, including local tutoring company Sage Educators, split in to three groups. One of the groups removed weed barrier fabric around temporary planting beds as a first-step toward returning the area to its natural state. The two other groups pulled bristly ox tongue, an invasive weed, and cattails around the creek to prepare the area for plating later this winter.
Pictures of the progress made at Redwood Creek since 2009 can be found on the National Park Service website (PDF Link). There is also a map showing what the area looked like before the restoration began and what it will look like after (PDF Link). If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to Info@NBTU.org.
Redwood Creek Workday – November 14, 2015
First Cast 2015
On Sept. 20th, NBTU presented its 15th Annual First Cast Day at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon. Thirty-five youngsters rotated through the six stations, learning the basics of: Reading The Water, Gear & Rigging, Knot Tying, Fly Tying, Fly Casting, and Spin Casting. During this time, George Starn conducted a casting clinic for the 30 adults, which not only taught them how to cast a fly line, but how to "coach" their kids. This was followed by a raffle with 14 of the kids winning fly fishing prizes, including three rod/reel/line combos, a landing net, four fishing vests, and numerous boxes of flies, and then a sumptuous BBQ lunch put on by Mike Cronin and Linda Perone. On Sunday, Oct 4th, we offered our first follow-up session at the Marin Cheese Factory where the kids practiced their knot tying and fly casting skills, and hook, land, and release numerous Bluegill and small Bass. On Sunday, Oct 11th, we conducted a second follow-up session at Putah Creek where kids reinforced their reading the water knowledge and learn nymphing skills. A six-minute video created by Ed Dudkowski can be found on You Tube: First Cast 2015.
Our Trout in the Classroom (“TIC”) program, operated in conjunction with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”), is about to ramp up for this coming school year. This watershed aquatic education program focuses on trout, how and where they live, adaptations and anatomy, life cycles, and life in the riparian zones. The flagship of TIC is the raising of baby trout in the classroom from eggs to young fish (fry) that will be released into the Lagunitas Watershed. Teachers are now reapplying for the program or signing up to join the program. If you know a teacher who may be interested in becoming part of TIC, have them contact Ethan Rotman at CDFW (ETHAN.ROTMAN@wildlife.ca.gov) as soon as possible so they can be added to his notification list.
Also, we can always use a few more volunteers to assist teachers and classes in learning more about trout. The commitment is short-term and is coordinated between the volunteer and the teacher. Contact Chuck Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-472-5837 for more information.
We received the following email from Mary Jane Burke, the Marin County Superintendent of Schools
Ed and All My Friends with the Trout in the Classroom Program--
This video says it all. To see the wonder, amazement and joy on the faces of the children as they participate in the program is priceless. The information they are absorbing is obvious and their interest in learning is evidenced by their enthusiastic questions and the level of "excited noise" the program evokes. It is truly a wonderful example of how effective "hands-on-learning" can be. Thank you for allowing me to say a few words of support on the video. Thank you for all of the hard work you each of you do to make the program possible. Most of all, thank you for caring about our children and helping them to learn how precious and fragile our environment is and how interrelated we are with our natural surroundings. Know that you have my continuing support in any way possible. I look forward to the 2016 version of the program. You are great partners In public education. It is an honor to work with you.
Mary Jane Burke
Marin County Superintendent of Schools
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