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North Coast Ocean Salmon Season Could Be A Long One

The Pacific Fishery Management Council announced a trio of preliminary management plans for ocean salmon fishing along the North Coast just south of the Oregon border. Check out the plans here. 

The Eureka Times-Standard broke down the three potential alternatives:

The three alternatives currently on the table: May 25-September 8, or May 25-September 4, or May 25-September 2.

All three scenarios are the same, two fish per day, seven days a week, Chinook only, 20-inch minimum size. From Horse Mountain to Point Arena, which includes Shelter Cove and Fort Bragg, the three alternatives are: April 13 to Oct. 31; or April 13 to Oct. 31; or April 13 to May 31 and June 22 to Sept. 30.

All three scenarios are the same, two fish per day, seven days a week, Chinook only, 20-inch minimum size.


Tickets On Sale For Golden Gate Salmon Association Fundraiser

The following press release is courtesy of the Golden Gate Salmon Association: 

San Francisco  —  The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its 9th Annual Sonoma County Dinner at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Ave. in Santa Rosa on April 12. Doors open at 5:30pm. It will be a great night featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, and silent and open auctions.  Everyone will get chances to win quality raffle and door prizes such as Seeker rods, Costa sunglasses, Patagonia gear, a YETI cooler filled with tackle, plus much more!

This dinner is the opportunity to support and raise funds for GGSA while comparing fish stories with folks we share the water.  We’ll toast the next morning when sport anglers get a chance to catch that first California king salmon of the year on opening day of salmon season in northern parts of the state.

“We’re expecting a good salmon season this year so if you have any plans to buy gear or a trip, save your money and come to this dinner because there will be great deals on both, and you’ll be supporting healthy future salmon runs,” said dinner chairman Mike Aughney.

“We’ve been working for months to get the best raffle and auction prizes and all of our fellow fishermen and women to come.  You’ll want to be there too,” said GGSA event planner Cat Kaiser.

Tickets are limited and are available by calling 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting   Tickets are $85 per person, and will NOT be sold at the door.

Table Sponsor packages are $850 and include reserved VIP seating for eight and $160 worth of raffle tickets, or $935 for reserved seating for ten with $200 worth of raffle tickets

Auction lots include: top of the line outdoor gear, fishing trips from your favorite local charter boat captains, guided fly fishing adventures, ladies gift sets and several vacation packages- including a salmon fishing getaway to the Queen Charlotte Lodge in Canada, wine lots, rock n roll memorabilia, and other fun items.

This year’s sponsors include: North Coast Brewing and Queen Charlotte Lodge.

GGSA’s mission is to restore California salmon for their economic, recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural and health values.  GGSA serves the sport and commercial anglers, businesses, conservationists and foodies that rely on salmon as a long-term, nutritious, sustainable resource.

Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in annual economic activity in a normal season. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, tackle shops and marine stores, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large.  Salmon are the keystone species that reflect the health of both their fresh and salt water environment.

Wild Sheep Foundation Honored By Boone and Crockett

L-R) Kevin Hurley (WSF), Clay Brewer (WSF), Tim Brady (B&C President), Gray Thornton (WSF), Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, Tom Price (B&C), and Brett Jefferson (WSF) at the Boone and Crockett Club’s 84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, March 6.

The following press release is courtesy of Boone and Crockett: 

MISSOULA, Mont. (March 11, 2019) – The Wild Sheep Foundation is the recipient of the Boone and Crockett Club’s prestigious Conservation and Stewardship Award for 2019. The award is given annually to the organization or entity that best exemplifies excellence in conservation, and wildlife and land stewardship – core values of the Boone and Crockett Club and its founder, Theodore Roosevelt.

“When Roosevelt formed the Club in 1887 to save our big game species from the path of destruction they were on, Club members at the time quickly realized something of great importance,” said Boone and Crockett Club President Timothy C. Brady. “They recognized that if big game population were to recover and thrive, it would take the formation of other groups dedicated to the future of individual species. The Wild Sheep Foundation is one of those groups.”

The Club’s Conservation and Stewardship Award was established in 2015. This year’s award was presented to the Wild Sheep Foundation President and CEO Gray N. Thornton, who accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation and its members at a B&C dinner this past week during the 84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Also in attendance at the dinner and for the Award presentation was Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt.

Thornton commented, “The Wild Sheep Foundation’s work is part of the legacy of the founders of the Boone and Crockett Club, who were largely the founders of wildlife conservation. We have always been proud to be part of that history and are deeply honored to be recognized for our part in it.”

Past Award honorees include:
2015 – The Starkey Project, Experimental Forest and Range (Ore.), U.S. Forest Service
2016 – Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (Texas)
2017 – Bob Munson and Charlie Decker (founders), Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
2018 – Wildlife Management Institute and Dr. Steve Williams (president)

Recipients are selected based on the demonstration of these criteria:

Exemplifies the core values of the Boone and Crockett Club
Demonstrates responsible and professional natural resource management
Champions fair chase hunting and habitat management that supports huntable populations of big game animals
Builds public/private conservation partnerships

“In 1977, when the Wild Sheep Foundation was formed, its estimated there were only 25,000 bighorn sheep roaming North America,” Brady explained. “Today there are more than 85,000 which is a testament to the remarkable contribution made by WSF. As history shows time and time again, it’s sportsmen who step up and do the work necessary to conserve habitat and wildlife. We can’t tell this story enough.”

Concerned About Trout Regulations? CDFW To Host Public Forums

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The following press release is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a series of statewide meetings to inform the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations.

“The California Fish and Game Commission directed our department to make the regulations and seasons more simple and easy to understand, while continuing to protect and manage the state’s trout resources,” said Roger Bloom, CDFW Inland Fisheries Program Manager. “We look forward to explaining how these new changes came about, and how they could be implemented.”

The meetings will focus on the following key areas:

  • Objectives of the new regulation framework and species management goals
  • Parameters of the regulation standardization and consolidation process
  • Review of specific proposed changes to regulations

CDFW personnel will be available at information stations to answer questions and listen to stakeholder interests, needs and ideas. All stakeholder input will be taken into consideration as a regulation simplification package is developed for formal public review through the California Fish and Game Commission.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Talman Pavilion, Tricounty Fairgrounds1234 Fair St., Bishop

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Noon-2 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Truckee-Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee

More information is available at Meetings are in-person only and no conference line or webcast will be available.

Wildlife Conservation Board Grants $8 Million For Habitat Improvement

California mountain lion on the western side of Portal Ridge, in Los Angeles County. (CDFW)

The following press release is courtesy of the  California Department of Fish and Wildlife: 

At its March 7 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $8 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 21 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife — including some endangered species — while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, landowners and the local community.

Funding for these projects comes from a combination of sources including the Habitat Conservation Fund and bond measures approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources.

Upland coastal sage and cactus scrub habitat — breeding & foraging habitat for the western spadefoot toad. — in Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County. Across the water, Catalina Island.

Funded projects include:

Land soon to be part of CDFW’s Battle Creek Wildlife Area. It has terrestrial and aquatic habitats supporting salmonid species, and habitat linkages and connectivity near Anderson in Shasta County.

  • A $680,000 acquisition in fee of approximately 32 acres of land as an expansion to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Battle Creek Wildlife Area for the protection of terrestrial and aquatic habitats supporting salmonid species, to enhance habitat linkages and connectivity, and to provide future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities near Anderson in Shasta County.
  • A $440,000 grant to CDFW for a cooperative project with California State Parks to improve the parking lot, provide an ADA-accessible viewing platform, and install a new ADA-accessible toilet at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, eight miles north of the Oroville, in Butte County.

Desert spring near Lake Isabella.

  • $1.3 million for two grants to The Trust for Public Land to acquire approximately 1,415 acres of land for the protection of threatened and endangered species, preservation of desert springs with year-round surface water and a riparian corridor, and provide future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities near Lake Isabella in Kern County.
  • Two grants for a total of $480,000 to the Transition Habitat Conservancy to acquire in fee approximately 120 acres of land from two separate owners for the protection of deer and mountain lion habitat, to maintain a migration corridor for the deer herd, and to provide future wildlife-oriented public use opportunities in the hills northwest of Portal Ridge, in Los Angeles County.
  • A $757,000 grant to the Natural Communities Coalition for a cooperative project with CDFW, Orange County Parks and California State Parks in Crystal Cove State Park and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – both in Orange County. The project will construct 16 seasonal pools and restore approximately 15 acres of adjacent upland coastal sage and cactus scrub habitat that will provide breeding and foraging habitat for the western spadefoot toad.

For more information about the WCB please visit

New Senate Bill Would Help Protect California Coastal Waters

The following press release is courtesy of the office of California Senator Scott Wiener: 

Sacramento–  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 69, the Ocean Resiliency Act of 2019, which aims to improve and protect the health of the Pacific Ocean off of California’s coastline. SB 69 will improve water quality by reducing land-based sources of pollutants that acidify our oceans;restore ocean habitats (e.g., kelp) that sequester greenhouse gas emissions; protect keystone species in order to maintain biodiversity; and convene a statewide advisory group to work on these and other issues impacting our oceans. California’s coastal and ocean ecosystems are among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of global climate change. These impacts harm the industries and communities that depend on our oceans, and the effects will only worsen without immediate and sustained action.

“The Pacific Ocean plays a critical role in our state’s environment and economy,” said Senator Wiener. “Our ocean habitat is being damaged by the impacts of climate change. Vital species are being threatened with extinction, seawater is being acidified, and habitats that absorb carbon are being wiped out. Without immediate action, these impacts will only get worse. This legislation is a key step to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change on these ecosystems as well as our state’s coastal communities and economy.”

Global carbon emissions are changing the chemistry of the world’s oceans. Oceans can and do absorb a significant share of the carbon dioxide released by the burning of fossil fuels. As oceans trap these emissions, the acidity of our oceans increases, leading to ocean acidification (OA). OA has enormous implications for the health and productivity of California’s coastal and ocean ecosystems and the communities and industries that depend on them. From corroding shells and skeletons of marine organisms to disrupting normal fish behaviors, OA has the potential to alter marine food webs and ecosystems and the benefits they deliver to society, including California’s $45 billion ocean-based economy. The U.S. West Coast is exposed to some of the lowest and most variable pH waters, and it is likely to be among the first places to experience the biological and economic effects of OA. In California, several top coastal fishery resources and the industries they support are at risk, including West Coast Dungeness crab, market squid, and shellfish aquaculture species (for example, oysters or mussels). Addressing this threat requires a sustained, multipronged approach to mitigate acidification at a local and statewide scale.

SB 69 will help address OA by reducing the land-based sources of acidifying pollutants. When various pollutants enter our oceans at high levels, they increase OA dramatically at “hot spots” where they end up. SB 69 will require that, by 2024, all water going into our oceans from most freshwater discharges be denitrified, as nitrates are one of the most significant land-based acidifying pollutants. It will further direct the State Water Board to set an OA Water Quality Objective in the Ocean Plan. In addition to addressing OA, SB 69 will help protect keystone species like salmon and whales. It will direct the Department of Fish and Wildlife, among other things, to develop and maintain a priority list of dam removal projects within the State of California in order to increase salmon populations, and ensure that salmon-bearing rivers and streams are not inadvertently damaged by sediment flows created during the logging process. SB 69 will also direct the California Air Resources Board to develop a permanent voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) incentive program for the Santa Barbara Channel and San Francisco Bay Area regions off California, which will help to protect migrating whales.

“California is a leader in climate and ocean science. We have done a great job identifying the threats warming, acidification, and pollution pose to our coastal communities and environment – but now it’s time to act,” said Sean Bothwell, Executive Director for the California Coastkeeper Alliance. “Senate Bill 69 will guarantee California takes no-regret actions like restoring hardworking seagrass beds and wetlands to prepare our ocean for existing and looming climate change threats.”

While California is taking aggressive steps to combat climate change, a blue carbon strategy can complement existing efforts to mitigate carbon emissions. Blue carbon is carbon dioxide captured by ocean and coastal ecosystems. Blue carbon is the most effective, yet overlooked, method for long-term sequestration and storage of carbon. SB 69 will thus implement a Blue Carbon Strategy by doing the following:

  • Directing the Natural Resources Secretary to develop and implement a comprehensive ‘Blue Carbon’ strategy.
  • Transferring ballast water permitting authority from the State Lands Commission to the State Water Board to better protect sea grass and kelp forests from invasive species.
  • Determining a coastal wetland baseline and an implementation plan achieve an annual net gain of ecologically functioning wetlands.
  • Directing the California Coastal Conservancy to report to the Legislature on its new beneficial sediment reuse program and provide recommendations on how to make the program permeant.
  • Developing statewide goals for production of sustainable mariculture and directing the Ocean Protection Council to report to the Legislature on progress towards those goals.

“The solutions California needs for coastal and ocean health must be holistic, smart, and geared for results,” said Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Assocation. “Senator Wiener’s bill will provide many of these intelligent and long-needed solutions for coastal water quality and marine conservation. Senate Bill 69 will require timber management changes to prevent sediment pollution in our streams, rivers and bays, and it will fix inefficiencies in our salmon hatchery system to allow fishermen and anglers to enjoy nature’s bounty. These solutions have been called for over many years, and it’s high time a solution were developed. From the headwaters of salmon bearing streams, to shipping channels off our coasts, this bill will do a world of good for the ocean that we all cherish.”

Finally, SB 69 will build on its policy by establishing a statewide advisory group that includes diverse interests that will affect and be affected by OA.  The advisory group will help guide new polity and action to address the impacts of OA.

“The Pacific Shellfish Growers Association is pleased to be working with Senator Wiener and other stakeholders on SB 69 which is intended to make California’s coast and ocean more resilient to climate change pressures,” said Margaret A. Pilaro, Executive Director for the Pacific Shellfish Growers Association. “The production of shellfish, seaweeds and kelp are dependent upon a healthy ocean and are extremely vulnerable to temperature changes and ocean acidification. By capturing carbon, oysters, mussels, and clams along with the marine plants are proving to play an important role in slowing or even reversing these impacts. PCSGA is supportive of SB 69 and are pleased to be part of the solution.”

“Senate Bill 69 would implement a long-term strategy for coastal and ocean ecosystems affected by climate change,” said Anna Zivan, Senior Research Fellow at the Ocean Conservancy. “This legislation would tackle ocean acidification, hypoxia, and other changing ocean conditions that pose a threat to marine life, ecosystems, and coastal communities. By investing in the resilience of our coastal and ocean resources, we are investing in our water quality, ecosystem health, coastal communities, and economy.”

SB 69 is sponsored by the California Coastkeeper Alliance and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and has the support of the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association and the Ocean Conservancy, among other environmental and coastal economy-based groups.  It is co-authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). It will be set for a hearing in the coming weeks. Click here for the full text of the bill.

450 Pounds Of ‘Black Market’ Pot Seized In Trinity County

The following press release is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:  

Last month, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), assisted by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a private parcel in the Hayfork area of Trinity County.

The warrant was based on evidence of black market marijuana sales, environmental crimes and other criminal activity. CDFW also verified that the private property and parties involved were not licensed by the state to commercially grow and/or produce cannabis products.

Officers seized five firearms, 455 pounds of processed marijuana, 1,540 grams of Butane Honey Oil (BHO) and equipment for a BHO lab. Along with this, wildlife officers found evidence of black market marijuana being shipped across state lines.

“There is no doubt that black market marijuana operations prevent California’s legal cannabis market from thriving and encourage other criminal behavior,” said David Bess, Deputy Director and Chief of the CDFW Law Enforcement Division. “Shutting down an operation of this nature is one of the many tasks that wildlife officers encounter when protecting California’s natural resources.”

The Trinity County District Attorney’s office is reviewing five felony charges against the two suspects.

CDFW reminds cannabis cultivators to obtain state licenses and local authorization for commercial cultivation. Following these recommended actions can help cultivators avoid common pitfalls that may lead to enforcement actions. Learn more at

CDFW would like to remind the public to report environmental crimes such as water pollution, water diversions and poaching to the CalTIP hotline by calling (888) 334-2258 or by texting “CALTIP” followed by a space and whatever the desired message, to 847411 (tip411).

Federal Proposal On The Table To Delist Lower 48 Gray Wolves

From our Northwest Sportsman magazine:

Federal wildlife overseers are proposing to delist gray wolves in the western two-thirds of Washington and Oregon and elsewhere across the Lower 48.


The news was reported by the Associated Press this morning.

“Today, Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon propose a rule to delist the gray wolf in the Lower 48 states and return management of the species back to the states and tribes,” confirmed a USFWS spokesperson.

Bernhardt is in Denver for the 84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.

The official termed the recovery of gray wolves — which began with the formation of packs in Northwest Montana in the 1980s and then federal reintroductions in Central Idaho and Yellowstone in the 1990s — “one of our nation’s great conservation successes, with the wolf joining other cherished species, such as the bald eagle, that have been brought back from the brink with the help of the (Endangered Species Act).”

Yes, a success, but also a flashpoint, and surely this latest attempt will lead to more court challenges, like those that derailed 2013’s proposal.

That one followed on 2011’s successful delisting in the eastern two-thirds of Washington and Oregon, as well as all of Idaho and Montana.

Despite the fears of wolf advocates and highly litigious organizations, wolf populations have grown best largely in the state-managed areas.

Last June, federal officials again began reviewing the status of wolves outside the Northern Rockies recovery zone, with the goal of putting it out for public comment by the end of 2018.

That didn’t quite happen, but now it appears that it has.

“Once the proposed rule has published in the Federal Register, the public will have an opportunity to comment,” the USFWS spokesperson said via email.

If it goes through, among the notable impacts would be that WDFW and ODFW would have a more level playing field for dealing with wolf depredations. They can lethally remove members of livestock-attacking packs in far Eastern Washington and Oregon, but west of a line that snakes across both regions they can’t.

Still, it wouldn’t be an immediate free-fire zone, as both states stress nonlethal conflict avoidance tactics in trying to prevent depredations in the first place.

We’ve reached out to WDFW for a comment, but in the past, the agency has encouraged USFWS to delist wolves in the rest of Washington and asked a state US House lawmaker to spur the feds as well.

“We’re reviewing the delisting proposal from USFWS and we empathize with concerns from colleagues in states such as California and Colorado where wolves have not yet recovered,” said Chase Gunnell, spokesman for Seattle’s Conservation Northwest. “However, given the quality of Washington’s Wolf Plan and investments in collaborative wolf management work here, we do not expect federal delisting to have a significant impact on wolves in our state. Wolf recovery is progressing well in Washington and our wolves will remain a state endangered species until state recovery goals are met.”

Today’s news comes as WDFW has also begun its own status review of the species, which is state-listed as endangered.

“The department will review all relevant data pertaining to the population status and factors affecting existence of wolves in Washington. Based on the information collected and reviewed, the department will make recommendations to maintain the species current listing status as endangered or reclassify species to sensitive or threatened or other status,” an agency statement says.

A bill in the state legislature also prompts WDFW to wrap up the review by the end of December, though it was amended to remove the possibility of considering delisting in the eastern third of the state as well as made “null and void” if funding for the work wasn’t included in the budget.



Wink, Wink! Rare Hoodwinker Sunfish Hits The Santa Barbara Shore

Yes, that strange alien-looking sea critter washed ashore near Santa Barbara. Here’s more from NPR:

The more common Mola mola ocean sunfish is known to swim in the Santa Barbara Channel. The hoodwinker has only been found in the Southern Hemisphere, aside from just one known example that washed up in the Netherlands in 1889.

Thomas Turner, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, heard from a colleague last week about what they thought was a dead Mola mola that had washed up at UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve.

“I went down there with my family, my young 4-year-old son and my wife, as soon as I got off work to just check it out because I wanted him to get to see a Mola mola up close,” Turner told NPR.


Cannabis Workshops Set For NorCal Counties

CDFW photo

The following press releases are courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) are presenting at two free cannabis permitting workshops in March 2019.

The workshops, being held in Clearlake and Laytonville, are ideal for cannabis cultivators, consultants and anyone interested in the topic.

CDFA will provide an overview of the state’s cannabis cultivation licensing program and review the requirements for a cannabis farming license. CDFW will cover notifications in the permitting process, Lake and Streambed Alteration agreements and how to limit environmental impacts. SWRCB will review policy and permitting, and other important information. Computers will be available for applicants to apply for permits.

Attendees will have time to talk with state agency staff about individual projects after the presentations.

The free workshops are slated for the following dates and times. In the coming months, additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the state.

Wed., March 13
3 to 7 p.m. (presentations begin at 3:30 p.m.)
Clearlake City Hall – the Council Chambers
14050 Olympic Drive

Tues., March 26
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (presentations begin at 10:30 a.m.)
Harwood Hall
44400 Willis Avenue

CDFW encourages cannabis cultivators to obtain all necessary state licenses and county permits, as well as implement best management practices to reduce environmental impacts. Following these recommended actions can help cultivators avoid common pitfalls that may lead to enforcement actions.

To learn more about CDFW’s role in cannabis cultivation, please visit or email

To report environmental crimes or a black market grow, please call the CalTIP hotline at (888) 334-2258 or text “CALTIP” followed by a space and whatever the desired message, to 847411 (tip411).

CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2019-20 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application can be found online

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, April 16, 2019 at 3 p.m.

The PSN invites restoration projects that meet the funding requirements of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (focusing on recovery of state-listed salmon and steelhead along the coast and in the Central Valley) and the Forest Legacy Program (focusing on the restoration of watersheds affected by historic forest practices). Eligible applicants include public agencies, recognized tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations. Funded projects could include habitat restoration, water conservation, education, monitoring and restoration planning.

While the amount of available funding is not known at this time, in FY 2018-19 the program was able to provide more than $15 million in funding for eligible projects. Funding for FY 2019-20 grants is expected to be awarded to approved projects in early 2020.

CDFW will also hold a series of public workshops to assist applicants in understanding the requirements of the PSN. Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop even if they have submitted proposals in the past. Workshops will be held in Fortuna, Sacramento, Petaluma, San Luis Obispo, Los Alamitos, Monterey and Camarillo on various dates in March. For details and meeting contact information, please see PSN Workshop Letter.

For information or questions about the PSN or application process, please contact Tim Chorey, CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Coordinator, at (916) 327-8842.