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American Forests Conservation Spotlight: California’s Salmon River
Posted on July 25, 2016

The project aims to create an overstory of conifers to provide shade and thermal cover to streams, cooling the water for fish species, like the chinook salmon. Photo: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via Flickr

Each month we’ve been highlighting specific conservation projects we’ve backed with American Forests that focus on reforestation and recovery efforts as part of our greater One Tree Initiative. This month our focus is on the west coast, and Northern California specifically, which is the longtime stomping grounds of Eddie Bauer kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry. —LYA Editor

The banks of the Salmon River. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Location: Klamath National Forest, California

Klamath National Forest covers 1,737,774 acres in the Klamath Mountains, located in Siskiyou County in northern California, with a tiny extension (1.5 percent of the forest) into Oregon. Photo: Jeff P via Flickr

Words courtesy of American Forests

The Salmon River watershed provides ample habitant for the threatened northern spotted owl, as well as other birds of prey and various aquatic species, such as the Chinook salmon, steelhead trout and threatened Coho salmon. The project aims to create an overstory of conifers to provide shade and thermal cover to streams, cooling the water for fish species.

The Salmon River project is part of an area that was affected by the Forks Complex, a megafire that burned nearly 37,000 acres within this key watershed that flows in California’s Klamath National Forest. This section of Klamath is considered steep and rugged, but it serves as a peaceful recreation spot for outdoor enthusiasts, including kayakers, hikers, mushroom seekers and hunters, among others.

American Forests is working with the U.S. Forest Service to plant more than 173,000 mixed conifer seedlings across nearly 800 acres that were severely burned by wildfire in 2013. The plantings will provide important watershed protection for tributaries of the Salmon River, and critical habitat for many bird species, including bald eagle, northern goshawk and the threatened northern spotted owl.

The bald eagle typically requires old-growth and mature stands of coniferous or hardwood trees for perching, roosting and nesting. Photo: Chuck Fazio, American Forests Artist-in-Residence

Since partnering with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect, restore and conserve threatened forest. Donate to the cause at AmericanForests.org.

 

 

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