Category: volunteer

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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Lower Dark Canyon

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Just over a year ago, 48 FedEx Cares volunteers did their part for the Native Trout Restoration Project in the San Gabriel Mountains. (Courtesy Arroyo Seco Foundation)

Greetings Trout Scouts!

We will to be scouting Lower Dark Canyon Trail next Tuesday morning and welcome you to join us. The trail follows one of the Arroyo’s tributaries that we suspect may provide rainbow trout habitat. It will be our first visit to this site, and at the very least we want to record barriers to fish passage and take photos of the creek. We may use other methods covered in the workshop depending on what we find.
 
Meeting Time and Location
Tuesday, June 26, at 8 a.m.
Dark Canyon Trail entrance on Angeles Crest Hwy
What to Bring
Water / snack
Sun protection (hat, sunblock, sunglasses)
Hiking shoes
Note-taking materials
Camera (optional)
Please let me know if you can make it.
Thank you!
Scott David Cher
Scott@arroyoseco.org

Rainbow Trout Restoration Project

 Arroyo Seco Foundation
570 W. Avenue 26, Suite 450
Los Angeles, California 90065-1011
(323) 405-7326

Innovative Vamos a Pescar program teaches locals to fish

 

 

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They came, they saw and, boy, did they conquer.

The first day of the first weekend of Vamos a Pescar brought kids, parents, young adults and volunteers to Marsh Park on a May Gray morning to learn the beginnings of becoming an urban fisher for life: tidbits about our river; safety; rigging a spin outfit; casting a bobber inside a Hulu hoop ring, sort of like the pros, only with more smiles (and tangled line).

“We gave out 120 spots, an overflow from our original number,” said Bob Blankenship, Trout Unlimited South Coast Chapter and co-organizer of the event.

What does this mean for readers of this blog who know how to fish and want to pass that skill along to others? There are volunteer spots open next weekend  (Saturday and/or Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon) when all these new fishers will try out their nascent skills at the Bowtie Parcel. Please sign up by contacting Blankenship at southcoasttu@gmail.com.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

 

 

 

Arroyo Seco hosts free trout workshop

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With proper care, this little guy will grow up to make us all proud. (Courtesy Steve Kuchenski)

Greetings Trout Scouts!

As a reminder, the Arroyo Seco Foundation will be hosting a free trout habitat survey workshop this Sunday.

The workshop will feature Ken Jarrett, a fisheries biologist with Stillwater Sciences, and cover key methods for professional stream assessment. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in river restoration and native fish!

There are still spots left. Please RSVP to me (scott@arroyoseco.org) if you can make it.
Date & Time
Sunday, May 20, 9AM – 2PM (includes a lunch break)

Location
Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery in Hahamongna Watershed Park (The nursery can be hard to find. Click here for directions.)

Parking and restrooms are available at the nursery. From there we will take a short walk over to the stream channel and learn stream surveying methods for the assessment of native trout habitat. Be prepared for insects and uneven/slippery terrain. Some activities (such are measuring the stream gradient) will be done in the water, and closed toe shoes are required.
What to Bring
• Water
• Sun protection
• Sack lunch
• Note-taking materials
• Closed toe shoes (ideally water shoes or rubber boots if you have them)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you!
Scott David Cher

Rainbow Trout Restoration Project
 
Arroyo Seco Foundation
(323) 405-7326

Volunteer Opportunity: FoLAR’s river cleanup returns with three April dates

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THIS EVENT is a blast, one I’ve participated in several times. As always, the river needs our help. (Courtesy Friends of the Los Angeles River)

From FoLAR

On Saturday, April 14, join the 29th LA River CleanUp UPPER RIVER by signing up now!  Last year, over 10,000 volunteers–individuals and groups from all ages and backgrounds–demonstrated their passion for the LA River by joining the Friends of LA River annual CleanUp.

The 2018 FoLAR CleanUp will be held at nine sites along the river, on April 14, 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon with different locations on each date. Volunteers will receive a FoLAR reusable tote bag and FoLAR t-shirt, and other goodies, have access to entertainment and the LA River Rover mobile visitor and education center.

This year, FoLAR is also coordinating efforts with LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority) to increase the safety and awareness toward cleaning the river and respecting homeless population in the riverbed.  To register or get more information please, click here.