Salmonid Restoration Federation

21st Annual Coho Confab

August 24 - 26, 2018

SRF, with the support of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will host the 21st Annual Coho Confab at the beautiful Rock Creek Ranch on the South Fork of the Smith River. The pristine Smith River is the largest undammed river in California and is located in the northwest corner of the state in the Siskiyou Mountains. The Confab will feature a Beaver Dam Analogues workshop and tour, underwater fish identification on the Lower Smith River, as well as an Open Forum focused on Research to Restoration. Field tours will visit future and completed fish passage projects and bridge replacements, large wood projects in Redwood State Parks, and engineered log jams in the Lower Klamath River tributaries.

Below is a detailed agenda and helpful logistical information:

Friday, August 24

5-6:30pm – Check-in, Meet at Rock Creek Ranch

6:30pm – Community Dinner

7:30pm – Confab Welcome with Salmonid Restoration Federation

7:45pm – Orientation Presentations

  • Humpty Dumpty and Habitat Restoration in Dynamic Systems, Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences
  • Scale, Biology, and Endurance: Using a Long-term Coho Salmon Monitoring Program in the Smith River to Advance Restoration Planning Where it Matters Most, Marisa Parish Hanson, Smith River Alliance
  • Geology is Destiny: Why the Smith River is What It Is, Michael Furniss, Redwood Sciences Lab, Retired

Saturday, August 25

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast Pack lunches for field day and check-in for Saturday arrivals

8:30-9:30am – Opening Circle Announcements and Presenter Introductions

9:30am-12:30pm – Concurrent Morning Field Tours

  • Stream and Valley Floor Restoration – 15-years of Progress and Evolution in Lower Klamath Tributaries, Part 1, Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences, and Sarah Beesley, Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program
  • Fish Passage Toolbox: Approaches to Solving Fish Passage Problems, Antonio Llanos, Michael Love and Associates

1:30-4:30pm – Concurrent Afternoon Field Tours

  • Juvenile Salmonid Identification in the Lower Smith River, Zack Larson, Zack Larson and Associates Environmental Consulting
  • Stream and Valley Floor Restoration – 15-years of Progress and Evolution in Lower Klamath Tributaries, Part 2, Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoScience, and Sarah Beesley, Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program

5-6:30pm – Saturday Open Forum

  • Connecting Research with Restoration, Justin Garwood, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Darren Mierau, Cal Trout, and Julie Weeder, SONCC Coho Salmon Recovery Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries

Saturday Evening 7-8pm BBQ Dinner; 8-9pm Campfire

Sunday, August 26

8:30-9:30am – Pack Up and Breakfast

9:30-10am – Closing Circle

10am-2pm – Concurrent Workshop and Tour

  • Design, Permitting and Monitoring of Beaver Dam Analogues in Lower Klamath Tributaries workshop, Rocco Fiori, Fiori GeoSciences, Michael Pollock, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, and Sarah Beesley and Jimmy Faukner, Yurok Tribe Fisheries Program
  • LWD and Future Fish Passage and Completed Restoration Projects on Rowdy and Dominie Creeks and other Tributaries to the Smith River tour, Travis James, Michael Love & Associates, Jennifer Jacobs, Fisheries Program Manager, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Dan Burgess, Natural Resources Director for Del Norte for Rural Human Resources, and Susan Leroy and Kristine Pepper, CalTrans


From Eureka: Take 101 North past Crescent City about 3 miles to Hwy 199 East. Take Hwy 199 approximately 7.2 miles to the South Fork Road and turn right. (Note: about 2 miles before this turn you will pass through Hiouchi, which is your last chance for food and gas.) Check your odometer at the South Fork Road intersection with Hwy 199: it is 8.1 miles east and upriver to the Rock Creek Ranch driveway. Approximately 0.5 miles up South Fork Road, there is an intersection; turn left/upriver. Look for the Coho Confab signs posted at the Rock Creek Ranch driveway, 2475 South Fork Road.

From Grants Pass: Take Hwy 199 south to South Fork Road and turn left. Follow directions above.

From Oregon Coast: Take 101 south to Hwy 197 to Hwy 199 East to South Fork Road and turn right. Follow directions above.


Please come to the Confab prepared to camp. You should bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, flashlight, water bottle, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and anything else you would need to be comfortable.

Come Prepared

Please bring layers of clothes, sunscreen, a sun hat, a personal water bottle, flashlight, and river & hiking shoes. For the Juvenile Salmonid Identification workshop, please bring a wetsuit, snorkel, and mask. No dogs allowed.

For More Information

Contact Salmonid Restoration Federation at or 707-923-7501.

Rock Creek Ranch
2475 South Fork Road
Crescent City, CA

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