Out of the Smoke, A Restorative Vision for the Upper Eel River

Restorative Vision for the Upper Eel River

FOER staff and Board spent a weekend in the Upper Eel river watershed in late November. Amidst the lingering smoke of the tragic Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, we took stock of the impacts of the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest in California’s history, that burned through the upper Eel only a … Read more

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell and Conservation Director Scott Greacen discuss on-going and future issues.  Tune in to hear about rising tides, climate change, and Friends of the Eel River’s on-going legal battle with the North Coast Railroad Authority. Scott and Stephanie also discuss the fight between state and federal law … Read more

How Will the Salmon Survive? Fisheries in a Warming California

Earlier in May, scientists released a report warning that as many as three fourths of California’s 31 types of native salmon and trout might go extinct within 100 years. The ominous forecast made headlines nationwide as reporters and editors highlighted the main takeaways – that climate change and a variety of human activities, including agriculture … Read more

California Trout and UC Davis Release New Study Detailing High Risk of Losing Native Fish

SOS II: Fish in Hot Water Knowledge is power CalTrout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences have released State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water, an in-depth report that details the status of California’s 32 native salmon, steelhead, and trout. The science-based report is clear – if we don’t act, we risk … Read more

California isn’t Accounting for this Major Emitter

California Gov. Jerry Brown made international news when he vowed to fight President Donald Trump’s attempts to cut America’s climate change research and rescind the nation’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. Brown’s commitment to fighting climate change seems real, and under his leadership, his state has engaged in numerous greenhouse-gas reduction plans. But there are … Read more

California is Preparing for a Future Full of Extreme Weather

Two straight months of heavy rainfall have effectively ended five straight years of drought in California. But with parts of the state reporting more than 100 inches of precipitation since last fall, the rain activity has also caused floods, road closures, infrastructure damage and evacuations in many areas. As a result of the unpredictable nature … Read more

Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington March

**UPDATE** The March for Science date has been set for April 22. Check out this international map of march locations. Get involved with a local march, for example Humboldt county’s march here. Last weekend, a massive milieu of women in pink hats descended on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. The next big protest being … Read more

Scientists link toxic algal blooms along U.S. West Coast to warm waters in the Pacific

Late in 2015, we published a series of stories about a large-scale harmful algal bloom year off the West Coast that resulted in numerous marine animal deaths and closures of recreational and commercial fisheries in California, Oregon, and Washington. At the time, scientists hypothesized that the severe, widespread toxic bloom was connected to unusually persistent … Read more