ABOUT US

Above photo by Thomas B. Dunklin

Pacific Coast Fish, Wildlife and Wetlands Restoration Association (a.k.a Pacific Coast Restoration) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission "To restore, enhance, and protect the fish, wildlife, and wetland resources of the pacific coast region for the benefit of existing and future generations. To accomplish these goals through working with both public and private landowners, responsible government agencies, and other groups and organizations with like objectives."

 

Founded in 1991, Pacific Coast Restoration is an innovator in all aspects of restoring native habitats across California’s Northcoast region. We focus on estuary, riparian, fish passage, and sediment reduction projects to restore watershed function and improve vital habitat for imperiled fish and wildlife populations in high priority watersheds, those with the best potential for positive results.

HOW WE STARTED

Mitch Farro

Founder, Project Manager

I’ve been fascinated by natural places for as far back as I can remember. Whether it was the river and its salmon, or marshes and their waterfowl, those were the places I just had to explore with that first bit of liberty that came with a bike and being a kid in the 60’s. Smitten by the beauty and freedom of the ocean as a teen I started fishing for salmon in the ocean on a small commercial boat with a friend and his father. I felt lucky I was able to earn my living at 24 by running fishing boats along the rugged coastline of Northern California.

 

With those experiences came the obvious realization that wetlands were disappearing and the river’s abundance of salmon was dwindling in my lifetime. My hope was to be able to give something back and that sustained me not just economically but also spiritually. It has become a multi-decade journey to be effective at healing the landscape and habitats for fish and wildlife. That is in essence what our organization is all about: doing the “hands on… on the ground” work it takes if we are going to have that wild abundance in our future.

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For more information about our work, see our enewslettersproject highlights, or full list of projects.

The projects we perform would not be possible without the hard work and support of numerous partners, funders, and subcontractors. Here are a few that we have worked with:

 

Engineering, Environmental, Geological, and Fisheries Consultants

 

Pacific Watershed Associates

Michael Love and Associates

Ross Taylor and Associates

Aldaron Laird, Trinity Associates Environmental Planning

Fiori Geosciences

Gedik Biological Associates

LACO Associates

GHD

 

State, Federal and Local Government Agencies

 

California Coastal Conservancy

California Conservation Corps

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Department of Parks and Recreation

California Department of Transportation

California Regional Water Quality Control Board

California State Water Resources Control Board

Del Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties

Fisheries Restoration Grant Program

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District

Humboldt County Resource Conservation District

Humboldt State University Foundation

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

National Marine Fisheries Service

National Park Service

National Resources Conservation Service

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service

Wildlife Conservation Board

Yurok Tribal Government

 

Road Decommissioning, Heavy Equipment and Labor Contractors

Stephens Construction

Wallace Structures

Big R Manufacturing LLC

Brown Construction

Environmental Restoration Services

Kernen Construction

McCanless Excavating and Earth Care

Mullins Restoration

Nehalem Marine

Rocky Brown Construction

Tom McKnight Construction

 

Forest Products Companies

 

Barnum Timber Company

Green Diamond Resource Company

 

Civic and Public Interest Groups

 

California Waterfowl Association

California Trout

Eel River Watershed Improvement Group

Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers

Humboldt Fish Action Council

Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Orick Chamber of Commerce

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations

Redwood Community Action Agency

Redwood Creek Watershed Group

Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, Preserving Wild California Program

Salmonid Restoration Federation

Save the Redwoods League

Smith River Alliance

Smith River Advisory Council

Trinidad Bay Fishermen’s Marketing Association

Trout Unlimited

 

PCFWWRA has also worked with numerous small private landowners.