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USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Media Advisory

Special Announcement for Improving Fish Habitat in Northern California

Federal and local partners will make an announcement on future steps to improve fish habitat in five northern California watersheds

NRCS Contant:
Jonathan Groveman
Work: (530) 792-5692
Cell: (703) 980-1464

WHAT: Actions are being announced that will empower government and private partners to improve fish health and habitat in Northern California watersheds. The goal is to increase salmonid populations while also sustaining productive agricultural operations. California is one of three western states included in the announcement.

After the announcement, attendees can take an optional walking tour to view a recently-completed restoration project. This work included removing an old fish barrier dam, constructing a new pedestrian bridge, installing rock wiers for fish migration, and other stream and habitat restoration efforts.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 5240 Bohemian Highway, Camp Meeker, Calif., 95465. Ample parking is available behind the Camp Meeker Post Office.

WHO: The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California and the Gold Ridge and Sotoyome Resource Conservation Districts have teamed up with a number of local government agencies, nonprofit groups, agribusinesses and landowners to address salmon habitat opportunities. James Gore, NRCS Assistant Chief from Washington, D.C., will provide brief remarks and will be available for questions.

BACKGROUND: In late 2012, a diverse set of more than two dozen government agencies, nonprofit groups and other stakeholders assembled to expand restoration efforts of salmonid habitat and historic salmon runs throughout Northern California. The Russian River Compact Executive Committee will explore a number of steps that local groups and landowners can take to improve salmonid populations to benefit both the species and local agricultural production.

DIRECTIONS: From CA-12 Westbound, turn right onto Fulton Road and then take a left onto Occidental Road for approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto Green Hill Road, then a left onto Graton Road, followed by a right onto Bohemian Highway. The address is 5240 Bohemian Highway. Show on Google Maps.

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935. For more information about NRCS in California, please visit www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.

-NRCS-

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