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STOCKTON FWO: Sevice Reaches Out at the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival
California-Nevada Offices , February 27, 2009
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Shannon Brewer teaches about the non-native invasive mitten crab (photo: Zac Jackson, USFWS).
Shannon Brewer teaches about the non-native invasive mitten crab (photo: Zac Jackson, USFWS). - Photo Credit: n/a
Zac Jackson shares details about the benefits of habitat restoration on the Stanislaus River (photo: Shannon Brewer, USFWS).
Zac Jackson shares details about the benefits of habitat restoration on the Stanislaus River (photo: Shannon Brewer, USFWS). - Photo Credit: n/a

by J.D. Wikert, Stockton FWO
Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office staff  (Ramon Martin, Rick Burmester, Shannon Brewer, Zac Jackson, Andrea Kristof, and J.D. Wikert) attended the 47th Annual Almond Blossom Festival in Ripon, Calif.,  February 27 - March 1.  The event was attended by approximately 35,000 people and included rides, vendors, and the Service.  Staff answered questions and shared information about salmon populations, river restoration, and invasive species. 

Public outreach is a key component of successful restoration projects and enables USFWS staff to involve stakeholders and incorporate public and stakeholder input into the development of restoration projects.  Festivals like this are a great opportunity for the Service to reach out to the  public and showcase our accomplishments and connect people with nature.  Staff shared details about two projects the Service‚Äôs Anadromous Fish Restoration Program is currently funding on the adjacent Stanislaus River.  Both projects involve floodplain and side-channel modifications to increase available rearing habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon and threatened Central Valley steelhead.  One project is being implemented on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property, and the other on private property.  The latter project is a result of previous outreach efforts that put the Service in contact with willing landowners. The program also recently completed another project to restore vital salmonid spawning gravels near Lovers Leap.


Contact Info: Ramon Martin, 209-334-2968 ext. 401, ramon_martin@fws.gov



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