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Habitat Restoration
FELTA CREEK REVEGETATION PROJECT

In partnership with the California Land Stewardship Institute's award winning Fish Friendly Farming Program, The Center is restoring 2 acres of critical habitat for the endangered coho salmon along Felta Creek a tributary creek of the Mill Creek Watershed near Healdsburg.

The Center and CLSI will install over 400 native plants grown in The Center's Native Plant Nursery.  Native plant species include California bay tree (Umbellularia californica), spice bush (Calycanthus occidentalis), California rose (Rosa californica), and snowberry (Symphoricarpus albus).

The Mill Creek Watershed is considered to be a high priority watershed for coho recovery and is identified as having some of the best summer rearing habitat in the Russian River watershed according the Russian River Biological Opinion (National Marine Fisheries Services, 2008). In addition to coho salmon, the watershed supports habitat for numerous aquatic species including steelhead, sculpin, and Pacific giant salamander. Juvenile coho have been released from the Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program into Mill and Palmer Creeks annually since 2004.


Felta Creek

Before
After



   
"As part of the Stewardship
Corps I learned alot about
native plants and how
to make sure they live once
you put them in the ground.
 I'm going to come back next
year and see how big
they've gotten."
 
- E. L. 

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