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California Cheese Trail



Protected ranches provide coho habitat

In December 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) was searching for various locations throughout the Walker Creek Watershed to release adult coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), part of an ongoing partner effort with Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) to increase existing populations of the once-abundant species in the watershed.

MALT currently holds 46 conservation easements on approximately 21,800 acres within the Walker Creek Watershed. Because MALT easements protect soil and water quality on working farms and ranches, there have been significant improvements to Walker Creek and its associated natural resource values, including spawning habitat for coho salmon.

MALT’s Stewardship Project Manager, Jim Jensen, and CDFW staff were able to access Walker Creek from a ranch road to release 100 adult coho salmon raised by the Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program.

We now hope for more rain to gently increase creek flows so the salmon can travel further upstream to lay their eggs. This is just another way that MALT collaborates with ranchers and partner organizations to protect soil, water quality, and wildlife on Marin’s working agricultural lands.


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