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||While propagation of salmon
and restoration of salmon habitat have always been the main
elements of the Salmon Stamp Program, the Stamp Committee has
strongly supported investment in the future of salmon resources
and the fishery through educational projects.
PRODUCTION OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
In 1987, the Committee funded production of two twenty-minute
videos. One, Like Our Fathers Before, documents the accomplishments
of the Stamp Program; the other, Return of the King, describes
salmon restoration programs in California more generally. Though
old, these videos are wellmade and contain useful information.
Copies of these high-quality videos by Lone Eagle Productions
are available from the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermenís
Associations, P.O. Box 29370, San Francisco, CA 94129-0370.
assisted in funding development of an educational and interpretive
program at Nimbus Hatchery. This hatchery, located near Sacramento,
is visited by thousands of people, often on family outings. This
project developed a brochure and added docents to aid the publicís
understanding of the importance of the hatchery program. The Salmon
Stamp Program has provided up to $40,000 to maintain and upgrade
the interpretive project.
the Eel River Project, Salmon Stamp has provided $30,000 for classroom
incubators for salmon and steelhead trout to schools in Del Norte,
Humboldt, Mendocino, Tehama, and Santa Cruz Counties. These incubators
are aquaria which simulate the gravel and aquatic habitat of a
natural stream. Students can observe the incubation, hatching,
and growth of salmon right in their own classrooms. When the young
salmon or steelhead are ready, students release them into a stream
at a site approved by DFG. Students often want to know if the
fish will survive, and this concern has led to their involvement
in habitat protection in the selected streams.
SALMONIDS IN THE CLASSROOM, SAN
The Salmon Stamp Committee recognized early on that educating
San Joaquin Valley students about salmon is extremely important
because they will be future consumers, farmers and voters there.
The Salmonids in the Classroom Program was ideally suited for
implementation there, because it gives students hands-on experience
with early phases of salmonid natural history. The program involves
hatching salmonid eggs in classrooms for subsequent releases into
local rivers as well as a classroom and field curriculum to educate
students about local riparian and instream biology, ecology, history,
and problems, with primary focus on local salmonid populations.
Stamp Committee support of the San Joaquin Valley Salmonids in
the Classroom Program was essential to survival of the program
in its formative years. Though unable to contribute vast sums
to the newly hatched effort, the committee recommended funding
for various elements of the program, allowing the program to continue,
more than once, when other funds were unavailable. Funding amounts
varied year to year from $2,500 to as high as $20,000.
The San Joaquin
Valley Salmonids in the Classroom program has grown since its
humble beginnings in 1988. Now there are almost 100 teachers involved
and over 50 incubators units in operation. The program is supported
by a large docent volunteer effort. Over 2000 students in grades
K-12 are given an opportunity each year to develop a sense of
responsibility for their natural resources. A Fish and Wildlife
Interpreter provides workshops in six Valley population centers
to instruct teachers on the curriculum and the use of the incubators
and resource kits. The media has often covered the story when
the students are ready to release fish into their local streams.
The program serves the following counties: Stanislaus, Tuolumne,
Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern.
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