150 Mile March To Save Our Steelhead Trout!
(Garlic Capital to State Capital)
Phase Two will begin!
A successful has just concluded! 12 days of protest walk from Gilroy, Ca to the State Capitol in Sacramento, Ca, 6 rallies were held in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Milpitas, Fairfield, Rocklin and Sacramento at the Capitol Building, with more than 2,500 petition signatures generated along the route.
The march has ended but the battle to protect our Steelhead Trout will now head into “Phase Two”. Starting January 2019 we will return to the capitol and meet with representatives, agencies and stakeholders demanding an acceptable solution to this preposterous and deadly policy.
The State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife admittedly does not have the funding or resources to duplicate the “first responder” rescue and restoration services that non-profits and other ngo’s provide as “fish ambulance & parafish medics”. Everyday teams of volunteers are monitoring and rescuing Steelhead Trout. When possible, federal and state biologists are welcome to assist in the extremely laborious rescue operations. The State will never raise enough taxes or hire enough staff to adequately cover the services provided by the boots on the ground approach that CHEER and other ngo’s provide.
The only solution is to reinstate the suspended permits which were once issued by National Marine Fisheries Service. Under federal permit and supervision, implementation of a fisheries restoration plan was successfully executed. Steelhead Trout were in recovery when Fish and Wildlife, in their infinite wisdom, initiated their policy for rescue and restoration. 3 years later, fish surveys demonstrated a dramatic decline in Steelhead population numbers.
We will not waiver in our commitment to save our threatened Steelhead Trout! Thank you to the supporters who have volunteered, donated, walked, and signed the petition. We must elevate our effort to solicit continued support and donations for “Phase Two” of this fight!
Why are we walking?
The purpose of this march is to bring attention and change to the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife regulations and policies regarding Steelhead Trout rescue and restoration permits for NonGovernmental Organizations (NGO’s).
Steelhead Trout are dying during this dry back season in our waterways! The CDFW suspended the rescue permits across the state for non-governmental organizations (NGO's). Non-Profits such as CHEER were denied permits to rescue & restore Steelhead Trout!
CHEER historically has received permits for the rescue of federally protected Steelhead Trout listed as threatened on the Endangered Species Act. CHEER in partnership with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Fisheries service single-handedly saved our fisheries and water quality, we were on a road to recovery! State regulations have now had negative impacts on our water and fish.
CHEER is an all-volunteer nonprofit and we are committed to preserving and protecting our natural resources. To reclaim and restore our watersheds sweat equity is required for success, CHEER has provided more than 99% of that equity. Now the state is denying our efforts with burdensome regulations.
Therefore, the time has come for CHEER to stand down on Steelhead rescues and stand up against CDFW Leadership gone mad! Under their watch we lost our habitat, water and fisheries. Under our stewardship we recovered it.
Please join the fight alongside CHEER and its volunteers in this extremely important battle to affect positive change in protecting and preserving our natural resources! Donations, Sponsorships, or joining the march! For more direct information regarding this event please contact the CHEER CEO/Founder Herman Garcia via Herman@cheercentral.Org or (408) 497-3037.
Meet the man behind the march, Herman Garcia
71 years old. Disabled from a life time of crime fighting. Shot twice. Stabbed 24 times. 17 Concussions.
Click Here to learn more about the “Life and Times of Herman Garcia, The California Kid”!
The donations received will go towards all expenses pertaining to the protest march. All but not limited to travel expenses, signs, water, permits, rally material, etc.!
Please be sure to sign our online petition to help encourage change now! In person signings will also be held before the march. Stay tuned for signing locations!
Click below to find dates, times and locations of rallies being held along the route! Come out and join the fight to protect our natural resources!