31st Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference – March 13-16, 2013

The Salmon Restoration Federation’s 31st Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference takes place in March 2013 in Fortuna, California.  Restoration practitioners, watershed scientists, fisheries biologists, resource agency personnel, land-use planners, and landowners will gather for three days of lectures, workshops, and field tours focusing on innovative approaches to fisheries restoration. This theme highlights pioneering salmonid restoration techniques, as well as threats to restoration efforts. Dirk Pedersen will outline restoration tools in his talk “The Effects of Habitat Enhancements on Juvenile Coho Salmon Carrying Capacity in a Tributary to the North Umpqua River.” Jay Stallman will address restoration hurdles, specifically water diversion impacts on salmonids and watershed health.  Jay’s lecture “A Strategy for Improving Spring-run Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Passage in Lower Antelope Creek” will outline his investigation of distributaries to the Lower Antelope River. Climate Change, another pertinent issue in restoration work, will be covered in detail by Joshua Strange in both his lecture “Perspectives on Adult Spring-run Chinook Salmon Migration: Challenges and Opportunities for Persistence and Recovery in a Dramatically Warming Climate” and panel discussion analyzing the next steps for Klamath River Spring Chinook recovery.  Abel Brumo organized a poster on the “Passage assessment and barrier remediation plan for Pacific lampreys in the Eel River Basin” that sheds light on the rapid decline of the Pacific lamprey and calls for researchers to consider lampreys in their salmonid assessments. The same barriers that impede salmon from reaching their spawning grounds similarly affect the Pacific lamprey.  The outcomes of this conference will not only benefit salmonid species, but will improve the habitat for many species coexisting in the watershed.

Posted 13 March 2013.