A few miles south of the Mattole
trailhead, we passed the Punta Gorda Lighthouse.
The Eel, Trinity and Mattole
Rivers and Redwood Creek are all considered "heavily impacted by marijuana grows." Salmon spend their first year in freshwater before swimming to the ocean, so when a stream runs dry, they have nowhere to live.
Uniquely, Symbiodinium from three major genotype groups were found at the Mattole
Road sampling site (five individual anemones hosted Type I-l-A, one Type I-l-B, and three Type II-4-C).
For example, in the 2004 legislative session, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 2121, requiring that SWRCB develop instream flow guidelines from San Francisco Bay north to the Mattole
River, Mendocino County, which is an area that covers Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and southern Humboldt counties.
On the opposite side of the canvas, our kids depicted the Mattole
River and the hill that stands between our school and the Pacific, framed by the trunk and branches of a Douglas fir, a wild iris at its feet, and a salmon leaping from the water.
SD CWT Columbia and Snake Rivers 18 0.15 2 North Oregon coast (Nehalem, Trask, Alsea, and Siuslaw Rivers) 0 0.00 Mid Oregon coast (Umpqua, Coquille, Sixes, and Elk Rivers) 54 0.18 3 South Oregon coast (Rogue, Chetco,and Winchuck Rivers) 26 0.16 Klamath and Trinity Rivers 0 0.00 North California Coast (Mad, Eel, and Mattole
Rivers) 2 0.05 Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers 0 0.00 August (n=157) South of Cape Blanco Chinook salmon stock group Est.
One third of the Mattole
, home to the largest stand of old-growth Douglas fir on the planet, some 1,000 acres, has been logged in the last two years.
On March 8, members of the Mattole
Forest Defenders unfurl a banner in the second largest remaining stand of old-growth Douglas fir.
I've heard reports of flocks of up to a hundred wild turkeys fifteen miles up the Mattole
River around Honeydew, an impressive quantity though still far short of the thousand birds counted in one day by two hunters in New England in the 1630s.
River Beach is also the northernmost access point for the "Lost Coast," a 25-mile stretch of pristine wilderness that I suspect looks much like it did when explorers on Spanish and Portuguese galleons first saw it hundreds of years ago.
Interwoven through this book are several threads: the author's struggle to maintain and even supplement the salmon stock of the Mattole
, one of the last Californian rivers to have a genetically undiluted salmon population; the history of the watershed in question; and the overall tragedy of the salmon, which are seen as an all-too-vulnerable indicator of the health of the entire west coast ecosystem.