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California, Nevada and Klamath Basin


  • Photo credit: Lilian Carswell/USFWS

    VENTURA FWO: Thinking Like An Ocean

    Recovery of Southern sea otters requires more than rescuing the species from the brink of extinction -- recovery is also about the restoration of ecological relationships. Lilian Carswell, the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Marine Conservation Coordinator, discusses these complex ecological relationships.

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    Photo credit: Scott Harding, Salmon River Restoration Council

    Fish N' Fire -- Landowners Embrace Latter to help Former

    Beautifully rugged and remote, California's Salmon River and Mid-Klamath River country are enveloped by steep mountains and awe-inspiring forests. The Salmon River with its large, free-flowing, un-dammed waters make a nice home for Klamath Basin spring-run and fall- run Chinook salmon, summer, fall and winter steelhead, coho salmon and green sturgeon. A group of landowners from tiny Salmon River and Mid-Klamath River hamlets are embarking on exciting conservation projects this fall that use fire as conservation tool to advance the restoration of fish and the landscapes that surround them.

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    Photo credit: Jon Myatt/USFWS

    Thousands Gather as Salmon Return to Battle Creek

    Despite a raging downpour earlier in the morning, the 24th Annual “Return of the Salmon Festival” at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Calif., was a rousing success on Saturday, October 17, according its organizers. More than 4,000 people attended the one-day event, with some traveling from as far away as southern California and Oregon.

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    Photo: Ashley Spratt/USFWS

    Refuge Benefits From Forward-Looking Process to Conserve California's Central Valley

    For migrating birds, waterfowl and other wildlife, national wildlife refuges in California's Central Valley likely appear as welcomed islands of calm in a shifting sea of agriculture. For managers of the Service's 10 refuges and six wildlife management areas in California's central valley, the outlook is less welcoming. Consecutive years of severe drought and its associated water problems have brought managers and biologists face-to-face with climate change.

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