Olema, Calif. (August 24, 2018) – Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading ocean and marine wildlife conservation non-profit, and officials from National Park Service, NOAA, California Fish and Wildlife, Marin County, Regional Water Board and others will celebrate the kick-off of a massive restoration project designed to help recover critically endangered Coho salmon.

Along a one-mile stretch of Lagunitas Creek on Golden Gate National Recreation Area lands, Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) is removing over 13,000 cubic yards of dumped fill and abandoned structures in the floodplain; creating side channels to create refuge habitat for juvenile salmon and trout; installing large woody debris to increase stream complexity; removing invasive plants and reforesting the riparian corridor with over 9,000 native plants from SPAWN’s plant nursery.

WHO: Cicely Muldoon, Superintendant, Point Reyes National Seashore; Dennis Rodoni, Marin County Supervisor; representatives from US Congressperson Huffman’s office and CA Senator McGuire’s office; CA Assemblyperson Levine and others will be on-hand to make remarks and observe this critical restoration project. The project is funded and supported by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, State Water Resources Control Board, and members of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

WHERE: 9255 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Olema, CA in Marin County (12 mi. west of Fairfax, CA) WHEN: Friday, August 24, at 2-4 pm.

WHY: Endangered Coho Salmon are on the brink of extinction due to loss of habitat. This multi-million dollar project will re-create lost floodplains and native riparian forest for one of California’s most important populations of endangered Coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout, which is part of an effort to reverse the decline of these species statewide.