The Current Magazine Spring 2015 - Page 31

CalTrout, the Fall River Conservancy, the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences are teaming up in 2015 to expand our Fall River Wild Trout Monitoring Program.

Together, we’ve tagged with tracking devices over 1000 native trout as a way to investigate the existing condition of the fishery and prioritize restoration projects on over 20 miles of CA’s largest spring-fed river.

In 2013, CalTrout and FRC formed an official partnership to work on Fall River conservation issues. The combination of a larger statewide organization like CalTrout with a locally established, landowner driven organization like FRC makes for a particularly effective partnership. In 2015, we secured $50,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to expand the fish tagging project.

Like CalTrout, FRC believes in multi-stakeholder solutions to the complex problems facing California’s rivers during these extreme drought years. Like CalTrout, they engage land-owners, agricultural operators, ranchers, and other stakeholders to devise viable solutions for restoring working landscapes. Also like CalTrout, they ground their projects in sound science. As such, partnering on the Wild Trout Monitoring Program was a natural fit.

Restoring California's Largest Spring-fed River

By Allison Sherlock, Watershed Coordinator, Fall River Conservancy