Join us for a celebration of Creek Lands Conservation's 40th anniversary of saving our creeks for fish, wildlife and people from Monterey to Ventura!
Friday, April 21, 2023 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:
4:30 PM - Ribbon Cutting: Outside the Museum
5:30 - 7:30 PM - Reception inside the Museum
You'll hear from:
Jesse Trace, Master of Ceremonies
Board member of Creek Lands
Steph Wald, Watershed Projects Manager
Being honored for her 20 years on staff
WHERE: SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Live Music • Speakers • Complimentary wine & light bites • Meet the team!
This event commemorates the group's start as Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, raising salmon in Avila Bay, providing learning experiences for thousands of students with Trout in the Classroom, and working with local communities to enhance habitat for wildlife within the waterways in our collective backyards.
We now continue as Creek Lands Conservation in the San Luis Obispo Creek watershed kicking off the SLO Creek Resiliency and Rewilding Action Plan with funding from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust. Enjoy the start of Earth Week with us and our partners for this commemorative event.
LIMITED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE • FREE, but you must RSVP for entrance to the event.
More About Creek Lands Conservation:
In 1983, avid central coast salmon anglers formed Central Coast Salmon Enhancement to raise salmon in Avila Bay for sport and commercial fishing. The first years were experimental and small scale raising several thousand salmon. By the spring of 2000, CCSE was raising upwards of 200,000 annually with hundreds of volunteers across the intervening years, in large nets pens staged off Hartford Pier which were then towed further offshore for the several month rearing period before summer release into the Bay. The program ran till 2007 when the cooperative pen rearing project with California Department of Fish and Wildlife drew to a close. Trout in the Classroom started in the late 1990's and continues today bringing hands on learning to classrooms throughout the Central Coast and most recently has spawned a localized Protecting Our Watershed curriculum offered to all students in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. The program culminates in a trout release field trip that brings classroom learning to life outdoors to reinforce the wonders of nature kids soak up year after year.
Also in the late 1990's watershed restoration action began in nearby cities and towns and eventually grew to serve the region between Monterey and Ventura. Stakeholders engage with us to better understand their creek, stream and river resources that support local water supply and wildlife. From the Big Sur River Watershed Management Plan to Integrated Water Strategies in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, we have worked with conservation partners to enhance and improve estuaries, and creeks and riparian habitats on private and public lands. We serve as scientists with on-the-ground experience that seek nature's input in designing and permitting projects that have multiple benefits. Our strength is being connected with an independent voice for saving creeks for wildlife and people.
Please join us in celebrating 40 years!