TO CONTACT US

Phone: (707) 682-6262
Email: info@ERWIG.org

About Us

We are ERWIG

ERWIG is an incorporated non-profit, charitable class corporation, comprised of Eel River interest groups. We are committed to improving the habitat for native salmon and steelhead stocks. Our primary goals are to provide organizational and technical assistance to landowners and managers, to develop local watershed action plans, and to implement specific projects which will benefit salmonids.

Why does the community need ERWIG?
Unstable geology, combined with human-caused, and natural events have created a growing demand for environmental restoration on the North Coast. However, a vital link was missing between private landowners who would like to address areas of concern on their property and organizations with the resources, funding, and technical abilities to make the work happen.

That’s where ERWIG comes in. We take a moderate, open-minded approach to restoration, allowing us to work with individuals and organizations from all industries and walks of life. The focus of our work is keeping salmonid populations and their habitat healthy and thriving. With open communication between private landowners, restoration groups, government organizations, and prominent industries, we can make a positive impact on our streams and the amazing native fisheries that depend on them.

How does ERWIG accomplish its goals?
ERWIG receives support from various grant programs. The most important is the Department of Fish and Game’s SB-271 fund. This fund provides for two watershed coordinators, who work with landowners and managers to develop broad community awareness and support for salmon and steelhead restoration through community meetings, workshops, public outreach, educational programs, and personal contacts.

These contacts lead to collaboration among ERWIG, landowners, and resource agencies to evaluate habitat, identify improvement opportunities, obtain necessary permits, apply for funding, implement project construction, and administer project funds. In this way, ERWIG provides a vital link between landowners and resource agencies like the Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Executive Director & Project Manager

Isaac Mikus received a B.S. in Botany and Marine Biology from Humboldt State University. He has been working in the fisheries restoration field since 2005 when he joined the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project (WSP). After two years of WSP he went to work for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, then the California Conservation Corps where he helped design and build instream habitat structures. Through his work Isaac has visited nearly every salmonid bearing stream in Humboldt and Mendocino County.

 

Board of Directors

 

Mel Kreb: Mel Kreb and his family have lived in the flood plain of the Eel River for 27 years and operate the Flood Plain Produce, an organic seasonal produce farm.  He is one of the founding members of the Salmonid Restoration Federation and ERWiG.  As the northern district director of the California Conservation Corps he worked closely with his staff and the Department of Fish and Game to insure  the founding and continuing success of the CCC Coastal Fisheries Restoration Program and  the Americorps Watershed Stewards Program. He is currently retired from state service and serves on the Humboldt County Planning Commission. 

Jim Lamport:  Jim Lamport is a legal document assistant from Blocksburg, whose office is in Garberville.  He is a long-time northern Mendocino / southern Humboldt rural homesteader, and so naturally he's an environmentalist, serving also on the boards of the Ecological Rights Foundation (the parent organization of Humboldt Baykeeper) and the Institute for Sustainable Forestry.  His current goals include not screwing up his lines in the upcoming community theater production, and getting a seat on the Headwaters' Fund board. 

Bill Eastwood:  Bill Eastwood is a geologist with 25 years experience in various aspects of watershed restoration and sustainable forestry. He has a Master’s degree in geology from the University of California at Berkeley. He’s the co-director of the Eel River Salmon Restoration Project and is a founding member of the Institute for Sustainable Forestry where he served on the staff for ten years. He maintains his interest in sustainable forestry by consulting for the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood forest certification program.

Ken Jorgenson: small business owner, musician, and host for the Bluegrass Country Show on KMUD is a founding board member of ERWIG.  His passion for and commitment to protecting salmonids began when he  first encountered native Chinook spawning in the upper reaches of  Cummings Creek 33 years ago.  Near the confluence of Yager Creek and  the Van Duzen River in Carlotta you can catch Ken and his band playing a Saturday night dinner set or a Sunday morning breakfast set at the  only restaurant in Humboldt named after a dog.

Michael Guerriero:  While producing art is his primary vocation, Michael Guerriero is also the executive director of the Bridgeville Community Center.  He is a 30 year resident of the Van Duzen watershed where he and his wife, Rose raised their children and maintain their mountain residence and surrounding forest.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Friends of the Eel River.

Nancy Kaytis-Slocum lives and farms on the banks of the Eel River, where the river meets the sea. Encircled by Salt River, Morgan Slough and Eel River, the “Island,” also known as Camp Weott, lies on the south side of the Eel River Estuary. Nancy is City Clerk to the City of Ferndale, and entering her 30th year as secretary for the Humboldt County Fish & Game Advisory Commission. When she is not travelling, she and her husband Bruce raise chickens and grow and preserve most of their own food on the floodplains of the lower Eel. 

Bruce Slocum, the Coast Guard Licensed operator and owner of the Camp Weott Guide Service, has been traveling and exploring the Eel River Delta waterways since 1955. He once said “Some people like to travel to different places to explore new surroundings – I want to spend my life discovering everything there is to know about my own back yard.” Wildlife abounds in the area, which is the focal point for the annual Centerville Christmas Bird Count. In recent years the count has averaged over 150 species. Larger mammals include harbor seals, river otter, sea lion, black-tailed deer, bobcat, fox, porcupine, striped and spotted skunk, and various species of rabbit. Much of the delta can be reached only by boat, and at the turn of the century was an important Humboldt County seaport. With the abandonment of shipping due to the hazardous bar, most of the area has reverted to a wild state, with only an occasional rotting piling to note man’s earlier presence.