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Habitat Restoration Branch

Program History

The Restoration Program at the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office (Yreka FWO) began in 1986 with the enactment of the Klamath River Basin Fishery Resources Conservation Act (Klamath Act). This Federal law established a Shasta River.  Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS20 year program to restore the anadromous fisheries of the Klamath River watershed. The program was guided by two federal advisory committees: the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force (commonly known as the Task Force) and the Klamath Fishery Management Council. These committees were made up of stakeholders including government agencies, Tribes, and fishery resource user groups.  The program made great strides in improving aquatic habitat and our understanding of anadromous fish in the Klamath.




 Shasta River. Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS.

 

Current Program

The Klamath Act expired in 2006, but the Yreka FWO continues to restore fish and wildlife habitat using several other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs: the Fisheries Program, the National Fish Passage Program, and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. These programs help conserve anadromous fish and other Federal Trust species, by supporting activities such as on the ground habitat restoration, community education, watershed planning and coordination, and research and monitoring. 

 

Trout Creek plug and pond project.  Photo by Sheli Wingo, USFWSThe Habitat Restoration Branch of the Yreka FWO works in partnership with local groups and private landowners to identify, restore, and protect valuable native habitats within the Klamath Basin in northern California. The biologists in the Habitat Restoration Branch work closely with partners to develop, design, and implement projects; provide technical assistance; and secure funding. Our partners provide knowledge and ideas, access to the restoration site, and an in-kind or cash cost share.



Trout Creek plug and pond project. 
Photo by Sheli Wingo, USFWS


Funding Resources

From restoring riparian vegetation communities to removing barriers to fish passage, we work with our partners to find a funding source.


Technical Assistance

Hunter Creek riparian fencing project. Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWSWe offer various types of technical assistance to local partners, not only on projects we have funded. Our Habitat Restoration staff is available to provide assistance with developing and designing projects, writing proposals, meeting Federal regulatory requirements, and more.

 

Any of our Habitat Restoration Staff can provide technical assistance for habitat restoration or you can contact the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office at 1829 So. Oregon Street, Yreka, CA 96097; 530-842-5763.



Hunter Creek riparian fencing project.
Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS.



Past Projects

The Yreka Habitat Restoration Program has been funding and partnering on projects since 1994. Our focus is to improve riparian and instream habitat for salmon and other fish species, but we also partner on a wide variety of projects in the lower Basin.

Habitat Restoration Staff

Our Restoration program has four full time staff: a fisheries biologist, a fish and wildlife biologist, a habitat restoration biologist, and a botanist. Learn more about our Restoration team below.

Fish & Wildlife Biologist Mark Cookson.  Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS

Mark Cookson, Fish & Wildlife Biologist

Mark specializes in habitat restoration and protection projects related to the Partners Program. He has a B.S. from Washington State University in Wildlife Biology. Mark recently came to the Partners Program from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where he worked to develop salmon recovery projects in the Upper Columbia River area. Mark is currently involved with several projects that include instream fish passage, riparian protection and wetland enhancement, and has been with the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office since 2007.

Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS
   
Botanist Sheri Hagwood. Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS

Sheri Hagwood, Botanist

Sheri brings botanical, riparian, and habitat restoration skills to the Partners Program. She has a BS in Botany from Oregon State and a Masters in Botany from Connecticut College. She joined the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office in 2008. Sheri worked as a wetland consultant, and for NRCS and BLM before coming to the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office. She has designed and installed wetland and riparian restoration projects on private and Federal lands and has experience working on-on-one with private landowners in agricultural areas helping to develop projects that benefit both the landowner and the natural resources.

Photo by Jennifer Silveira, USFWS
   
Wildlife Biologist Dave Johnson.  Photo by David Johnson, USFWS

Dave Johnson,  Wildlife Biologist

Dave recently became the liaison between the Restoration and the Forest Resources branches. His position allows the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office to have a unified approach to restoration while meeting the goals of both the Restoration Branch and the Forest Resources Branch. Dave has a B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Management from Montana State University and brings experience with upland species and hazardous fuels reduction to the Restoration staff. Dave has been with the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office since 2001.

Photo by Sheri Hagwood, USFWS
   
Fish & Wildlife Biologist Ryan Fogerty, USFWS Ryan Fogerty, Fish & Wildlife Biologist

Ryan specializes in removal of Fish Passage barriers and provides a background in fish health. Ryan has a B.S. from Humboldt State University with majors in Zoology, Marine Biology, and Fisheries. Ryan recently came to the Yreka Fisheries program from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s California-Nevada Fish Health Center in Anderson, California where he performed disease monitoring in juvenile Salmonids in the Klamath River and designed/built aquatic fish research systems.  Ryan is currently involved in a variety of projects including Fish Passage and Fish Screens for agricultural diversions in the Shasta, Scott, and Salmon River watersheds. Ryan has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2006 and the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office since 2012.
Photo by Anne Bolick, USFWS