The Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been awarded an Embrace-a-Stream grant to begin work on a salmon and steelhead habitat restoration project on Secret Ravine in Roseville, CA.
Secret Ravine is a tributary of Dry Creek flowing within a few feet of Interstate 80, one of the busiest traffic corridors between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Running for 10.5 miles through a largely urban setting, this little creek hosts populations of Endangered Species Act (ESA) Threatened Central Valley steelhead and ESA Species-of-Concern fall-run Chinook salmon. These salmonid populations have experienced a 90% decline over the past forty years, largely due to the impacts of urbanization.
Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited is looking for volunteers to instruct and assist kids as young as 4-years in fly casting. This highly rewarding activity requires only basic skills in fly casting. The only skill you really need is being good with kids.
As an active Trout Unlimited chapter, we attend many outreach events every year. At most of these events, we engage children (sometimes very young children) as well as adults. For the kids, we bring our Canvas Creek. Out of blue tarps and cardboard and paper mache’ we create a 40-foot-long creek complete with cardboard fish. Each fish is a representation of one of California’s native trout, and sports a functioning mousetrap for a mouth. Using small “micro-caster” fly rods, with yarn for line and lure, each kid tries to get a trout to “snap” at his fly.
In the fall of every year, Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited provides volunteers to assist the Dry Creek Conservancy with a survey of fall-run Chinook Salmon in the creeks of western Placer county. This enjoyable and educational activity is simply a walk along (and sometimes in) a creek while making a few notes, and its a perfect outing for ages 12 and up*.
The form below can be used at any time of the year to let us know you’d like to help.
When most people think of Pacific salmon, they think of the big roiling rivers of the west coast: the Sacramento, the American, the Klamath & Trinity, the Columbia. While it's true salmon first appear in those rivers as they return from the ocean, where many of them are actually headed is to the little creeks and ravines that run right through our backyards. One of those tributaries is the Dry Creek system in western Placer and eastern Sacramento counties.
This year, We're running two camps dedicated to introducing our youth to the basics of fly fishing, entomology and coldwater conservation.
On June 21/22, for ages 9-11 at Sagehen Creek, CA
Hosted by Trout Unlimited and Ralph and Lisa Cutter
Application Deadline April 15th, 2014
On September 12/13/14, for ages 11-13, at Grizzly Creek Ranch
Hosted by Trout Unlimited and Sierra Nevada Journeys
Application Deadline July 15th, 2014
For more information or to sign up, contact Krista Anderson with Trout Unlimited at (775) 720-4598, or Email her here
Download an application
The Sac-Sierra Chapter (in partnership with the Upper American River Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Auburn State Recreation Area, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Wildways Illustrated) just completed a project to raise awareness of the California Wild Trout and National Wild and Scenic River classifications of 2 rivers in their region.
These two interpretive panels combine art and science to raise awareness of visitors to the North Fork of the American River at Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) near Colfax, CA and visitors to the Rubicon River tributary to the Middle Fork American River near Foresthill, CA. They will benefit wild trout and many groups, agencies and individuals by increasing awareness of the Federal Wild & Scenic River Classifications and the California Wild Trout Stream listings. "Our project is already being looked at by others throughout the Sierra Nevada's who want to bring attention to these two very important designations for their wild trout streams and wild and scenic rivers!", according to Bill Templin, the chapter's lead on this project and one of this reborn chapters' charter Board Members.
Trout Unlimited is bringing on a full-time Grassroots Organizer to assist and develop the volunteer TU chapters in California. The primary geographic focus will be 5 TU chapters located in the central Sierra Nevada region, with some responsibilities extending statewide. The Grassroots Organizer will educate, outreach and mobilize our membership and other conservation partners in the Sierra region and plan, design and execute on-the-ground restoration and monitoring projects that enhance habitat for wild and native trout. The position is offered through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.
Interested parties should contact Dave Lass (530-587-7110) or John Sikora. (916-502-2433)
Thank you for your donation to the Sac-Sierra Chapter of Trout Unlimited. It is through donations like this that the Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited Chapter continues our mission to conserve, protect and restore.
Please keep a copy of the Paypal receipt for this transaction as it may be tax-deductible.
Thanks again for your help in this ongoing struggle.
Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited
Thank you for supporting Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited's fundraising efforts we hope you enjoy the Crab Feed.
Here is a link to the poster. Please print it out to have a reminder of the event date and time.
Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited
Enjoy a trout pond for the young angler and a fly fishing pond to learn from the pros. Partake in local food cooking demos prepared by local chefs and wine tasting. Continue lifelong learning and appreciation for conservation and sustainability through innovative and recreation activities and speakers. Kids young and old can get their faces painted or chat with local artists one-on-one as well as shop for paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, mixed media, and more. Live music, info booths and more!
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.