Rain and wind did not keep about 50 people from watching spawning wild salmon from the comfort of golf carts during a naturalist-guided tour as part of “Gifts of the Chetco” held Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Salmon Run Golf Course in Brookings. The inaugural event was sponsored by Wild and Scenic Rivers: a grassroots conservation nonprofit group based in Brookings Harbor.
The golf cart tours highlighted Jacks Creek, a Chetco River tributary, identified as a key spawning grounds for the endangered Coho, found in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Tour-goers also enjoyed bird watching, viewing dozens of deer and some mud bogging on parts of the course’s flooded paths.
Inside the Salmon Run clubhouse, classical Japanese “gyutaku” salmon printing and painting native rocks were enjoyed by adults and children.
Snacks were provided by Black Trumpet Bistro, First Rise Baking Company and Pacific Ocean Harvesters along with hot apple cider and music by the Chetco River Bluegrass Band.
Wild and Scenic Rivers is dedicated to protecting the rivers of Southern Oregon and Northern California. It promotes community outreach and education about the remaining wild portions of the area.
Founded in 2014, the group’s pilot project, Chetco Love, has included succesfully advocating for designation of the Chetco River as a State Scenic Waterway. Its members hope to continue working to protect the Chetco with a planned Conservation Education Center.
For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.wildandscenicrivers.org or like “Wild and Scenic Rivers” on Facebook.