Each year, the League funds individual research projects that help advance our knowledge of the biology, ecology, and conservation of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. In 2008, a grant was awarded to Walter Duffy and Michael Sparkman of Humboldt State University to monitor salmon in Redwood Creek. Monitoring for this project started in 2004 to get a better idea of salmon populations in the creek. The remaining old-growth redwoods along Redwood Creek are located in Redwood National Park. By monitoring these salmon at the upper and lower parts of Redwood Creek, these scientists can get a better idea of how important old-growth forests are to salmon populations.
Now the researchers have almost a decade of valuable data about Redwood Creek’s fish numbers and needs. You can find out more about this study, and what the scientists have observed, here.