Working together to implement recovery strategies for Spring-run Chinook

The Salmonid Restoration Federation, the Salmon River Restoration Council and the Karuk Tribe hosted the 9th Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium on July 27th to “bring together scientists, planners, and non-profit staff engaged in habitat restoration and Spring-run Chinook recovery efforts”. The one-day symposium took place at the Forks of Salmon School covered results from the summer dives, Spring-run status reports, genetics and other topics necessary to understand in order to move towards Spring-run Chinook recovery.  Stillwater attended with interest in seeking ways to work together to develop effective recovery actions.

Jay Stallman, Senior Geomorphologist at Stillwater presented within the Implementing Recovery Strategies for Spring-run Chinook session on “Salmon River Floodplain Enhancement and Tailing Remediation: Addressing Legacy Impacts of Placer Mining”. He presented the approach and preliminary results of our work assessing floodplain and mine tailing habitat restoration opportunities in the Salmon River.  Building on what is known about the life histories and factors limiting Spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead in the watershed, the presentation addressed reach and site-scale geomorphology, thermal refugia, floodplain inundation, and potential project treatment types to improve thermal, hydrologic, and geomorphic functions.  The work is being conducted in partnership with the Salmon River Restoration Council and Sweetwater Sciences through grant funding from NFWF, DFW, the USFWS, and the USFS.

Salmon River Floodplain and Mine Tailing Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Presentation