SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network works to protect endangered salmon in the Lagunitas Watershed and the environment on which we all depend. SPAWN uses a multi-faceted approach to accomplish our mission including grassroots action, habitat restoration, policy development, research and monitoring, citizen training, environmental education, strategic litigation, and collaboration with other organizations, land-owners, and agencies.
SPAWN offers walks to view spawning salmon, an email action alert list-serve, homeowner consultations on creek protections, seminars, training and volunteer and internship opportunities. Not a member? Please join us! Call (415) 663-8590 begin or visit www.SpawnUSA.org or email us at email@example.com.
Key Accomplishments since our inception in 1999:
* One salmon-blocking dam transformed into Roy's Pools through a three-year project in coalition with other nonprofits, businesses and individuals.
* Over 100,000 square feet of crucial creekside habitat for wild coho salmon restored by our biologists and volunteers through native plantings, bank stabilization and floodplain restoration;
* Almost five miles of damaged dirt roads repaired to stop fish-choking mud from running into the headwaters of San Geronimo Creek;
* More than 50,000 native plants grown from local native plants from within the Lagunitas Creek Watershed raised in our two community-based nurseries, to provide better habitat for endangered coho salmon;
* Over 5,000 volunteers recruited, motivated and trained to help with all aspects of SPAWN's work.
* A local rainwater harvesting movement catalyzed and hundreds of thousands of gallons of rainwater conserved through 15 rainwater harvesting systems installed by SPAWN;
* More than 100 private landowners helped to live in harmony with the creek, through hands-on efforts that improved both salmon habitat and property values;
* Educational resources and training provided to hundreds of teachers, 60 of whom participated in our five-day Summer Salmon Institute, who have engaged thousands of students;
* Initiated first spawning surveys of San Geronimo Creek tributaries which led to wildlife agency recognition of the importance of tributary habitat to spawning salmon, and first out-migrant smolt research in the mainstem of San Geronimo Creek;
* Hundreds of volunteers recruited and trained to rescue more than 15,000 juvenile salmon from drying creeks since 1999;
* More than 150 volunteer naturalists enriched through in-depth creek workshops and more than 5,000 members of the public led on Creekwalks to view and learn about the majestic salmon;
* Recognition of the plight of the wild endangered coho of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed catalyzed. Lagunitas Watershed now listed a top restoration priority in National Coho Recovery Plan for Central California Coast Coho, San Geronimo Valley now a "Priority Conservation Area" for Association of Bay Area Governments of the San Geronimo Valley; federal, state and county funding increased for creek restoration and fish passage projects;
* Awards received including a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition; a "Certificate of Recognition" from the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, awards from Social Justice Center of Marin; the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin; Marin Sierra Club; and the Marin American Indian Association's (MAIA)
SPAWN is a program of the Turtle Island Restoration Network, and for the fourth consecutive year Turtle Island Restoration Network has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that SPAWN excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances in an efficient and effective manner.