From its headwaters to the sea, California’s Ten Mile River undergoes a restoration transformation
3rd generation rancher, Margaret Perry. Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy.
Partners are coming together to do something no one in California has ever done before – restore an entire watershed from the headwaters to the sea to help recover endangered coho salmon. The Nature Conservancy, in close cooperation with NOAA Fisheries, Hawthorne Timber, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Trout Unlimited, is planning to restore stream and floodplain habitat from the mouth of Ten Mile River all the way to its headwaters.
Up to one third of all endangered coho salmon along the Mendocino Coast spawn in the Ten Mile River, just north of Fort Bragg, California, making it a focal area for salmon recovery. Unlike other basins, where human impacts have taken a toll on salmon habitat, the Ten Mile watershed remains in relatively good ecological condition – aside from the legacy effects of logging and ranching. As a result, there is significant potential to restore the watershed relatively quickly.
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(links to: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2014/11182014_ten_mile_river.html )