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SalmonFest celebrates the San Joaquin
The Fresno BeeNovember 5, 2014
Hundreds of families are expected to gather Saturday for the second annual SalmonFest at Lost Lake Recreation Area.
It’s a celebration of the San Joaquin River and the collaborative efforts to return salmon to the water, said Steve Thao of Trout Unlimited.
Before Friant Dam was completed in 1944, the river roared north of Fresno and was home to a flourishing Chinook salmon run, with the fish numbering as high as 15,000, according to Thao.
“We’re the fish people,” Thao said. “We want to bring back salmon. Seventy years ago, the river was much larger, steamboats used to reach all the way up into the Delta and the salmon were in abundance. But the dam changed the river and killed the population.”
But in 2009, the dam began releasing more water as part of a settlement to ensure an uninterrupted, year-round flow to parts of the river that had turned mostly dry. With the water, came the return of the salmon.
TU's partnership with Maggie Creek Ranch (NV) lauded by Nevada Cattlemen
Trout Unlimited research scientist Dr. Helen Neville credits much of their success with the re-establishment of the Lahontan cutthroat trout to the cooperative work done between Maggie Creek Ranch and their organization.
“Our partnership with Jon Griggs began in 2001 when we initiated a long-term fish monitoring study to track the response of Lahontan cutthroat trout to planned restoration activities on public and private properties in Maggie Creek,” she said.
“Over the years Jon has graciously allowed us access to his land for this work and has provided important on-the-ground insight and various forms of logistical support for Trout Unlimited field crews. Throughout our collaboration, now 13 years in the running, Jon has consistently supported the goals of the collaborative restoration in Maggie Creek and has had a keen appreciation of how habitat improvements that benefit trout also benefit cattle and thus the ranch’s bottom-line. More recently, he has partnered on our habitat assessment work in Susie Creek as well as a new (and fairly intensive) effort to install antenna structures on his private Maggie Creek properties to track fish movement.
“He has also participated in several important outreach opportunities to the ranching community providing key messages about how habitat restoration in both Maggie and Susie Creek has increased water and forage security for his operations. In short, we greatly appreciate the cooperation and support of Jon Griggs in helping us restore one of the largest remaining populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout – our state fish and an important component of Nevada’s natural heritage,” concluded Neville.
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