Smith River Chronicles

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Blog of the Smith River Alliance

In Between Storms

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Standing under the Jeep hatch to stay out of the rain I pull on my waders and strap on my boots. Both were shiny and new at the beginning of the season and both now hover on the edge of ruin. The inside of my waders are covered in Aquaseal patches and the felt on […]

Hamilton Creek and the Coho Peak

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A pretty sweet remnant old growth tree in the upper West Branch of Mill Here we are sitting on the tail end of almost two weeks of mostly sunshine, and two whole weeks of slowly dropping flows. Before this we had constantly fluctuating flows followed by almost 4 days in which the Smith just kind […]

All Quiet On The Western Front

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A few remnant old growth redwoods tower over west branch mill In my last post we were still seeing a handful of chinook, and the coho were starting to appear with a few redds here and there in several of our reaches. This continued for a bit, then we got another flush of rain and […]

The Salmonid Grand Slam

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As I drove to work this morning the sky was salmon pink. Big waves battered the rocky coastline of the Oregon/California border as the last of the stars faded into daylight. Clear skies and a forecast for sun at this time of year meant it was going to be cold cold cold. This was the […]

One month in

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By the time we reach the put in the rain has already begun. It isn’t really all the way rain, but more of a heavy drizzle if such a thing exists. Using the open back hatch of the Jeep as an umbrella I change into my waders, lace up my wading boots, slap on a […]

Smith River Facing Mining Threat

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The North Smith River watershed on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, in Oregon, is being targeted for a large nickel mine that would devastate the area for recreation and pollute public drinking water in California. A public comment period is now open until July 8, 2014 at 5 PM, for a 5 year limited water […]

New report on Coho Salmon in the Smith River

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Smith River Alliance is pleased to share with you a new report, Distribution and Abundance of Coho Salmon in the Smith River. The report is based on two years (2011-2013) of field surveys across the Smith basin. We will be adding three more years to this effort and are grateful to the California Department of […]

Wild & Scenic River Award!

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Smith River Alliance has been awarded the 2013 National Wild and Scenic River Award for Outstanding Stewardship of River Resources.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions and accomplishments made on behalf of Wild and Scenic Rivers managed by the Forest Service. Photo By Jon Parmentier

Rock Creek Ranch Addition

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The Smith River Alliance has completed the acquisition of 100 acres of land located on the South Fork Smith.  Beautiful beaches, scenic vistas and approximately one-half mile of the South Fork of the Smith, a State and Federal Wild and Scenic River has been conserved. The Smith River is recognized as one of the premier […]