Protecting the Smith River Watershed in California
Protecting California’s Smith River
The Smith River Alliance is a watershed organization with offices on the Smith River, near Crescent City, California. Founded in 1980, our mission is to provide for the long-term protection, restoration and stewardship of natural resources in the Smith River watershed.
SRA efforts focus primarily in the Smith River watershed, which includes the Smith River National Recreation Area, 490 square miles of watershed land managed by the Six Rivers National Forest, Redwood National and State Parks, Lake Earl Wildlife Area, and acreage held by private landowners.
The Oregon Water Resources Commission’s has ruled to reserve the surface waters of the North Fork Smith for the support of instream fish and wildlife, recreation, livestock, and domestic human consumption. The Commission also limited groundwater development in the basin. Read more
Keeping Gasquet Safe From Wildfire
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded a grant for the Gasquet Community Fuels Reduction Project, to help keep Gasquet safe from catastrophic wildfire while also creating a healthier and more fire-resilient forest. Read more
Garwood Honored for Outstanding Stewardship
SRA recently recognized Justin Garwood, a fisheries biologist with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife with our 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Stewardship. Read more
Geek Out With Us
The Smith River basin is now included in the iNaturalist app, which allows citizen scientists to upload photos and locations of plants and animals, get help accurately identifying species, and contribute to biodiversity science and knowledge on species distribution. Read more
Rep. Huffman Announces Public Lands Bill
Draft legislation seeks to guard communities against wildfire, provide local jobs, create additional recreation opportunities, and protect additional wild places and pristine streams on public land. Read more
North Fork Smith designated Outstanding Resource Waters
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted unanimously to pass the ORW designation, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, a significant constraint to strip mining. Read more