The deep-blue Ten Mile River snakes down from the mountains through redwood forests and coastal wetlands before it flows past the rolling sand dunes of Mendocino County and into the sea.

The river and fishery are reeling from decades of logging, farming, diversions, pollution and other indignities inflicted by humankind. It is why conservationists led by the Nature Conservancy are working with a half dozen local ranchers on a program — the first of its kind in California — to restore the river’s wetland habitat and bring endangered coho salmon back from the precipice.

(READ the story in the San Francisco Chronicle)

Photo by David Eppstein, CC license

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