WELCOME TO MTFFMTFF is a fly fishing club in Marin County, CA. Since 2004, we have been bringing together fly anglers to share knowledge, experience, and good times. We host monthly meetings, fishing trips, casting clinics, and social dinners and events. Our members span all skill levels from beginner to veteran. We offer membership to anyone interested in fly fishing regardless of the skill level. Prospective members are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, meet current members, and learn more about us. If you would like more information please email email@example.com.
CLUB MEETING NOVEMBER 27--MASTER NORCAL GUIDE JON BAIOCCHI
7:00 TO 9:00PM, ROOM 201 TOWN CENTER MALL
Golden Gate TU Willow Planting to Improve Habitat: Postponed due to Smoke Conditions!
Unhealthy air quality conditions in Marin County have forced the postponement of our volunteer willow planting event scheduled for Thursday this week on Walker Creek. We all are looking forward to improving the environment for salmon and steelhead, but in order to do that, we ourselves need to stay healthy!
We will schedule a new date as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and we hope your schedule will permit you to join us on the rescheduled date.
Golden Gate Trout Unlimited
This will be a lot of fun - cutting and planting about 300 willows on the banks of Walker Creek in West Marin County (near its mouth on Tomales Bay). We are limiting this opportunity to 35 people. Sign up here!
Walker Creek Volunteer Opportunity
Walker Creek flows through bucolic rural Western Marin County in California. It includes over 67 stream miles of critical habitat for both steelhead and coho salmon. In the early 1900’s coho salmon were abundant, but today, they are near extinction. Both steelhead and coho in Marin County are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and the watershed has been identified as a restoration priority by both the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
At its mouth, Walker Creek flows into Tomales Bay. Near that mouth, a landowner owns creekside property that is potentially ideal habitat for both steelhead and salmon. However, this property is missing the vegetation along the creek that is beneficial for fish. In particular, it is lacking willows, which provide shade and cover that keeps creek temperatures cool and provides the necessary ecosystem that creates food and protection from predators. Planting willows will also reduce erosion and the flow of sediment into the creek, which harms reproductive spawning.
That landowner has reached out for help in restoring their section of Walker Creek. They would like willows to be planted on the banks along the creek, and would love volunteers to assist.
A partnership of Marin Resource Conservation District, STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) and Trout Unlimited has combined efforts and will be providing tools and supervision. All we are lacking is volunteers to help cut the willow sprigs and plant them.
This opportunity has been scheduled for Thursday, November 15, and will begin at 10 AM. At noontime, a speaker will talk about steelhead, coho salmon, the importance of the Walker Creek watershed, and how strategic partners like the Marin Municipal Water District, STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), Trout Unlimited, and others are working together to improve habitat for steelhead and coho. This event will be alot of fun, and those volunteering will be making a real difference in the recovery of native fish populations in Marin County.
ANNUAL BANQUET AND MEMBER MEETING JANUARY 27, 2019
SAVE THE DATE!
Always a fun event, we have scheduled our annual banquet and officer installation for Sunday evening, January 27. We will again gather at the Club at McInnis for an evening of fine dining, fun and bidding on wonderful door prizes.
In a shocking about-face, the EPA has agreed to drop proposed restrictions that would have banned construction of the Pebble Mine in Alaska. This move paves the way for Northern Dynasty Minerals, - the Canadian company behind the mine and which has a terrible record of devastating spills and toxic releases – to seek permits for building the massive copper and gold mine in the pristine headwaters of Bristol Bay, where it would imperil the world’s largest run of Sockeye Salmon. The EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, made this decision after a half-hour meeting with the mining company CEO, and shocked all the remaining scientists in the EPA who have spent years researching this proposal and have unanimously concluded it would be a disaster and would ‘irreversibly’ destroy one of the most pristine and productive locations on the planet.
Just weeks after the EPA reversal, fishermen in Bristol Bay were reporting near-record levels for this year’s Salmon run, a testament to the strength of the $1.5 billion sustainable fishery that supports 14,000 local jobs and is central to the culture of Native peoples in SW Alaska. The colossal open pit Pebble Mine, which would be as deep as the Grand Canyon and generate 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste, was stopped in 2014 when the EPA study (twice peer reviewed) said the mine posed catastrophic risks to the Bristol Bay watershed. One of the main problems lies in the fact that the huge earth dam which will hold most of the toxic tailings lies almost on top of an active Earthquake fault. “In keeping with the Trump Administration’s pro-polluter, pro-extraction agenda, the EPA has utterly abandoned sound science and the people of Bristol Bay”, said Taryn Heimer, a scientist with NRDC’s Land and Wildlife program, which organization partnered with hundreds of grassroots organizations to convince the government to stop it in 2014. More than 80% of local residents oppose the Pebble Mine. To push the message, “No Pebble Mine. Not now. Not ever.” go to <nrdc.org/stoppebble
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