The same diversity of opinions and priorities exists when it comes to where we should focus our time and energy. Some members live in the mountains and rightly want the protection and restoration of local alpine fisheries to be a priority. For some living in the Sacramento valley, the burning question is what can we do to protect and restore wild salmon and steelhead to our rivers? To answer this challenge our chapter has developed a wide range of projects and events where members can get involved in something that speaks to their interests and concerns.
Take a look at the calendar of events on the Sac-Sierra web page. There is something there for just about everyone. Do you like to do hands-on restoration and protection work in the field? Then volunteer to help out the CA DFG with a fish survey on Caples creek, or get involved with the stream assessment for the Raintree Fuels project. Volunteer to work on a river clean up on the Mokelumne or Yuba River in September. Are you passionate about steelhead? Then lend a helping hand to SARSAS, an organization dedicated to restoring salmon and steelhead to Auburn Ravine. Do you love to fish the Little Truckee River? Then make sure to set aside Sunday, October 18th and join us for a hands-on restoration project on the Little Truckee.
Differences of opinions and differing priorities are a great thing. My challenge to you is to figure out what your definition of conservation is and then go out and get involved.