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Planting willows in the riparian zone of the Van Duzen River, Fall of 2009
Planting willows in the riparian zone
of the Van Duzen River, Fall of 2009

Eel River Estuary - Sniff Test
Eel River Estuary

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Eel River Estuary Clean Up
Estuary Clean up
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Lower Cummings Creek Fall
Lower Cummings Creek
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The Van Duzen River Watershed
Humboldt County, California

The river cascades through 70 miles of Coastal Mountains, from an elevation of 5,906 feet at the headwaters, to its confluence with the Eel River at an elevation of 62 feet.
The Van Duzen has been federally designated as a "Wild and Scenic River", but also has been listed as "sediment impaired" under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

Van Duzen River

The Van Duzen River basin is the site of redwood parks, ranches, timberlands, and residential neighborhoods.

2018 - 2019

Dr. Bill Shapiro and The Young Scientists

Trees Foundation - Cereus Grant
Rose Foundation GrantRose Foundation Grant

Rose Foundation Grant

Kids In The Woods III The Young Scientists:
The Next Generation

Summer Workshop

Kids in The Woods III Watershed Study
Kids In The Woods II The Young Scientists:
The Next Generation
Summer/Fall 2016
Healthy Streams Grant

McLean Foundation - 2014

Healthy Streams Grant

Healthy Streams

Kids In The Woods

Junior Watershed Science Training Program

Watch the News Channel 3 Video
Courtesy of Robyn Ridpath

'More Kids in the Woods' program encourages students, teaches watershed ecology.


Open House at the Carlotta Grange Monday Feb.3rd, 2014
from 5:00 - 7:30

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*Science Exhibits and Art Show*


Young Scientists

Cuddeback Elementary School, Carlotta, CA.



Poetry in Motion



Final Report

Humboldt Area Foundation

Ruby Kennedy Memorial Field of Interest Fund

" Making a Home for the Salmon"

Salmon catching fly

Fish Counts 2010-2011
Art and Education
Eel River
Yager Creek
Little Larabee Creek

The Van Duzen Watershed Project

Salmon Watch on the Van Duzen River

Salmon Tales read about salmon sightings and other tales.








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Carlotta, CA. 95528
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Salmon News

* Most Recent News, Articles, and Reports *

January, 2018

"A River's Last Chance"

An award-winning documentary film on the long and storied history of California’s third largest river basin, the Eel River, is set to make its Humboldt County premiere Friday in Eureka.The hour-long film, “A River’s Last Chance,” chronicles the history of the river from its birth 7 million years ago up to modern events such as the impacts of the “green rush” of cannabis farms, discussions on dam impacts and the struggles of salmon populations...
Read the full article here.

Click here to view the 5 minute trailer for the movie

A River's Last Chance 2

Documentary filmmaker, fisherman and former Humboldt County resident Shane Anderson stands in the middle of the Van Duzen River, a tributary of the Eel River during the filming of “A River’s Last Chance".

Times Standard Article
Times-Standard Article

Fourth-grade students from Hydesville and Cuddeback Elementary Schools recently visited the Scotia fisheries exhibit and several other outdoor locations in the Eel River Valley, as part of the More Kids in the Woods Project

May 08, 2017

Cruzin' on the Van Duzen Fact Sheet

Friends of the Van Duzen River receives new Kids in the Woods Grant from Six Rivers National Forest

November 27, 2016

River Friends : KIEM did its feature on the Eel last week. Newscaster Brad Curtis did a phenomenal job portraying the past, present, and the future of the third largest watershed in CA. Featured are the Eel River Recovery Project and Friends of the Van Duzen. 

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Kids In The Woods - Eel River Recovery Project
Presentation and Videos

** Eel River Recovery Project**
5th Anniversary Party and Fish BBQ!

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Date: Sunday, November 6, 5-8 PM
Place: Monday Club, 610 Main Street, Fortuna, CA

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Final Recovery Plan for California Coastal Salmon and Steelhead

News Release


Van Duzen Voice, Now available
171 page book of Poems and Stories by Students in the Van Duzen Watershed

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and ordering information

Beautiful river, growing thirst, looming battle over the Eel River.
July 6, 2014 - From The Sacramento Bee
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Kids in the Woods - Art Gallery

The Eel River Recovery Project will be holding its Water Day Yearly Event at the Mateel on Sunday April 13, 2014.

As usual it will be full of information, panels, posters, connections, dinner and entertainment. Full Day!

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Chinook Impressions

Eel River Recovery Project
Late Lower Eel River Dive

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Pat Higgins, Consulting Fisheries Biologist
Eel River Recovery Project

Patrick Higgins is consulting fisheries biologist and watershed scientist with an office in Arcata, California since 1989. See Videos, reports and photos of the Eel River

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Endangered Species
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Views of the River

Michael Guerriero
Michael Guerriero
Photo by Mona Krupski

It was a beautiful day, with blue sky and our goal was to paddle a pair of sea kayaks on this 12 mile reach to the Eel River, then the 3 miles of Fortuna. . . .

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Photo Galleries

Cumming Creek - Ethan Bertz
Cummings Creek - Photo by Ethan Bertz

Artistic Photography
by Ethan Bertz

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