California Salmon and Steelhead Population Rating
In late August and first week of September we held a series of three workshops in California to review the population scoring methodology with regional experts. Workshops were held in Arcata, Davis, and San Luis Obispo. 31 individuals participated, representing CADFG, NOAA, USFS, USFWS, independent consultants, the Yuruk Tribe, BLM, TU, Cal Trout, and TNC. The product of the effort will be the first time such a diverse set of salmon/steelhead experts have taken a statewide look at populations and developed a recorded status record of their expert opinions regarding these populations. A specific strength of this effort will be the record of experts names; a list of reports and data citations offered for specific populations; and comments offered by each scorer for each population.
A primary outcome of the meeting was increased awareness of participants about the goals and methods of the project, which will lead to more standardized scoring. Participants engaged in the discussion and offered minor changes to make the process more relevant in a California context. Improvements were made to the score sheets and guidelines based upon these comments.
A total of 31 experts provided their input into the scoring process. Initial analyses indicate that ratings have been gathered for most California populations. These scores have been compiled into a database and are currently being assessed for gaps and inconsistencies.