Friday November 10, 2023

Fort Bragg Advocate-News

On October 28, sponsored by the Institute for Conservation, Advocacy, Research, and Education (ICARE), the public was invited to attend an environmental science presentation at Preston Hall in Mendocino, followed by a field tour to Dry Dock Gulch on Big River.

The speakers were Terra Fuller, Senior Environmental Scientist for the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District of California State Parks; Elias Steinbuck, a local, independent engineering and hydrology geologist; and Anna Halligan, the North Coast Coho Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. All three work on the Dry Dock Gulch project.

Christina Aranguren, president of the local ICARE group, organized and moderated the presentations. Also present was Mark Ernst, Trails Chief for the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District of State Parks.

The three watershed experts spoke about the different aspects of the Big River’s environmental and ecological history and its current status.  This Big River watershed project targets the Legacy Timberland Property. California State Parks owns and manages 7,315 acres within the 115,886 acres of watershed. The rest is privately owned.

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