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Feather River Hatchery Fish Ladder to Open Sept. 14

The fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will open Monday, Sept. 14, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) hatchery workers will open the gates in the ladder about 8 a.m. and will take more than 3 million spring-run eggs and 12 million fall-run eggs over the next two months in order to produce Chinook salmon for release next spring.

Visitors can observe the salmon through the viewing windows and from the observation deck located at the base of the fish barrier dam. At the main side of the hatchery, visitors can observe CDFW technicians performing the spawning process. Thousands of school children tour the Feather River Hatchery each year. For more information about spawning schedules and educational opportunities at the Feather River Hatchery, please call (530) 538-2222.  For information about hatchery tours, please call (530) 534-2306.

There are eight state-run salmon and steelhead hatcheries, all of which will participate in the salmon spawning effort. Those hatcheries, along with federally run hatcheries, will be responsible for the release of 40 million juvenile salmon into California waters. These massive spawning efforts were put in place over the last 50 years to offset fish losses caused by dams that block salmon from historic spawning habitat.

Once the young salmon reach 2 to 4 inches in length, 100 percent of the spring-run stock and 25 percent of the fall-run stock will be adipose fin clipped and implanted with coded wire tags prior to release. CDFW biologists use the information from the tags to chart the survival, catch and return rates of the fish.

For more information about California’s fish hatcheries, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/hatcheries.

Media Contacts:
Penny Crawshaw, Feather River Hatchery, (530) 538-2222
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 201-2958

DFG to Hold Public Scoping Meetings on Proposed Trail at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Media Contacts:
Bruce Forman, Interpretive Services, (916) 358-2353
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

Yellow-flowered meadow in front of green meadow, few trees and Mt. Lassen in the distance.
Table Mountain ER

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will host two meetings in Butte County to take public input on the future of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. DFG staff will provide an overview of a proposed trail at this ecological reserve and then give the public an opportunity to express their interests and concerns about it. Current and prospective users of the Reserve are both welcome.

The public meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at the Centennial Cultural Room, 1931 Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive in downtown Oroville and Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 East 8th Street in Chico.

This Reserve, which now has no trails, is managed by DFG for the protection of native plants and animals, and for public use and appreciation. It includes annual grasslands, vernal pools, creeks, waterfalls, rocky outcrops and cliffs, and is currently open daily to the public, but has no trails.

The proposed trail will first undergo various surveys and analyses under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), planned for 2012. Those will be followed by a Notice of Determination that is expected to go out for public review during late summer 2012. DFG does not plan to close access to other sections of the Reserve.

For more information please contact Bruce Foreman at (916) 358-2353 or bforman@dfg.ca.gov.