Seventh Annual Road to a Restoration Economy Awards Celebration
Thursday, November 20, 2008, 6-8:30 pm
Wharfinger Building, Eureka
Food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drink and festive spirit provided by the hosts
Keynote Speaker to be announced
Master of Ceremonies David Simpson
Awards presenter, Richard Gienger
The Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment is a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world where nature is protected, the worker is respected, and unrestrained corporate power is rejected through grassroots organizing, education, and action.
Every year the Alliance singles out for commendation an individual worker, a specific project, and a single organization from among the many first rate practitioners of watershed and fisheries restoration on the North Coast. The award indicates that the recipient has achieved the highest level of excellence and has had the most beneficial impacts on fisheries and watersheds in pursuit of the health and abundance to which we all aspire to see North Coast watersheds return. This year, we are pleased to honor some of the real pioneers in restoration.
The Restoration Project of the Year is being presented to the Redwood Creek Slide Stabilization Project. This project is near Briceland on Redwood Creek that flows into the South Fork Eel River near Redway. It was started in 1986 to stabilize a large slide and to prevent massive yearly additions of sediment to important salmon and steelhead habitat. The toe of the slide was armored with available large boulders. A series of off-channel settling ponds captured sediment coming from the slide. Extensive planting of trees was done. The third round of maintenance measures was completed this year, ensuring continued effectiveness. The team that has made this project such a creative and enduring success includes Scott Downie, Bill Eastwood, Harry Vaughn and others.
The Restoration Organization of the Year is being presented to the Pacific Watershed Associates, Inc. PWA was established in 1989 by founders and principals Bill Weaver and Danny Hagans. Bill and Danny were part of the pioneering efforts to rehabilitate and restore the landscape of the heavily damaged lands that were added to Redwood National Park in 1978. They were at the forefront of an revolutionary approach to watershed restoration that focuses on slope stabilization and recovery of hydrological integrity — leading to prevention of stream sedimentation — through methodical evaluation followed by careful and intensive corrective and/or constructive measures with heavy equipment. The art and science of road building, road maintenance, and road removal were enormously changed by their efforts and continues to evolve today. Their Handbook for Forest and Ranch Roads and Upslope Erosion Inventory and Sediment Control Guidance remain the foremost and mpst widely used technical manuals. PWA today has more than 30 highly skilled and professional personnel working in a range of endeavors that require solid expertise in northern California geology, hydrology, and applied geomorphology. They do important work for a wide variety of over 100 clients.
The Restoration Worker of the Year is being presented to Mitch Farro. Mitch was a commercial fisherman who turned to watershed restoration to recover salmon and steelhead as a livelihood, as the viability of the salmon fishery almost, if not entirely, vanished. Mitch started out with the formation of the Humboldt Fish Action Council in 1969, engaged in all manner of fisheries enhancement and watershed rehabilitation activities, became an articulate and informed advocate for fisherman and fisheries, continues to be key in securing funding for such work, represented the Humboldt County Supervisors on the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force for 10 years, and founded the Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association (PCFWWRA). He continues with his work throughout Northern California from Napa to DelNorte County with an emphasis on Humboldt Bay. His work on the estuary and access to spawning tributaries is especially exemplary and important.