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Camp Fire Response: Butte Creek Canyon

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In Butte Creek Canyon, we helped local volunteers be more effective by donating GIS mapping and coordination services.  When the Camp Fire broke out, baby spring-run Chinook salmon were just hatching.  Locals knew sediment and toxic ash could smother the young fish in the first big rain. Friends of Butte Creek and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were on the scene immediately, with USFWS providing truckloads of straw wattles, and  Friends of Butte Creek providing an amazing volunteer mobilization, plus they raised funds to pay for 25% of the wattles.  

Here's what we were able to accomplish together:

19,550 feet of wattles placed by 12/4/18 (that's 3.7 miles!)

6 days of volunteer efforts

70+ volunteers, contributing over 1000 hours of volunteer time

Wattles purchased by USFWS (75% of funding) and Friends of Butte Creek (25%)

64 private landowners helped, representing a total of 435 acres of land in the watershed


Volunteers came from these agencies and organizations, among others:



Deer Creek GIS


NOAA Fisheries




Friends of Butte Creek

Many landowners and neighbors - from near and far.