Help restore Southern California Steelhead habitat

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Sespe Fly Fishers was awarded a $1,500 grant from Fly Fishers International. The multiple-page grant request was submitted by SFF Conservation Chair Randy Nelson who worked on the application for several days.

The funds were awarded to help Sespe Fly Fishers, in partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, to restore the habitat of the endangered Southern California Steelhead along several tributary streams of the Ventura River.

Current restoration projects focus on re-vegetation of the active channels and floodplains and removal of invasive plant species. This is an ongoing project that was originated by the club to honor Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s dedication to conservation everywhere.

Recent rains have created ideal conditions for planting. Randy Nelson has contacted Jill Lashly at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and she has confirmed two volunteer planting dates with OVLC field staff, Destinee and Caitlyn.

The two dates scheduled for planting are 9 a.m. to noon on:
– Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019
– Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

NEED: Ten volunteers for each planting event. We will plant a total of 20 five-gallon live oaks and 134 one-gallon native shrubs.

MEETING LOCATION | Google maps link
370 Baldwin Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, (the old Honor Farm) Bldg A4

Please RSVP to Randy Nelson at oakview88nelson@yahoo.com by Decc18 to add your name to our volunteer list. This will allow OVLC to ask their members for a few more volunteers to help out, if needed.

Message from Randy Nelson:
“I’m really hoping for a good turn-out on these planting days, as our project fell behind during the recent 6 years of drought. Now that we can get back to work, I ask club members to step up to the plate! This restoration is vital to bringing back viable rivers that can sustain fish in the future! And it’s only 3 hours—think of it as a nice break from the holiday rush and your personal gift to our planet.”

OVLC will provide tools. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, water, snacks, and sun protection.

Volunteer by Dec. 18 by emailing Randy Nelson, oakview88nelson@yahoo.com.

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