Landowner Information

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program. We rely on private landowners for access permission to conduct the vast majority of our surveys. If you would like more information regarding our access requests, please see below for answers to frequently asked questions. You can also download additional letters and permits from the link to the right, but please note that this letter includes all of our monitoring programs. For a copy of our recently-mailed agreement pertaining to steelhead streams with more limited monitoring activities and partner agencies, please email

See our most recent Landowner Update for highlights from the past year of monitoring. 


Q: Do I have any say in the permit terms?

A: Yes. You can add a special written request to limit access in any way you like, specify acceptable dates or even limit access to certain partners. You can also request that we notify you before each survey. If you would like to discuss any concerns before filling out the permit, please feel free to contact us.

Q: What activities are included under this permit?

A: Activities may include stocking fish, snorkel surveys, habitat assessment surveys, PIT-tag monitoring, temperature monitoring, flow surveys, electrofishing surveys, downstream migrant smolt monitoring, adult spawner surveys, fish rescues and barrier assessment. Activities are generally limited to a crew of two to four surveyors carrying hand-held instruments and covering a distance of a few hundred feet to a few miles of stream in a day, depending on the type of survey work. Fish rescues may involve up to eight people.

Q: Does this permit include regulatory visits by the agencies?

A: Absolutely not. Field visits covered under this agreement are not associated with regulatory activity.

Q: How will this impact my property?

A: Our activities will not have a significant impact to your property. All surveys are conducted in the stream channel and most landowners never even see us. Crews may pass through your property in as little as 10 minutes, unless you have a parcel with extensive stream frontage. If necessary, crews may need to walk across the property to the stream channel at the beginning or end of the survey section. If we need to park on your property we will ask you ahead of time.

Q: Who will contact me?

A: Mariska Obedzinski, or her staff (likely Nick Bauer, Desiree Delavega or Sarah Nossaman), and Gregg Horton , or his staff (likely Aaron Johnson), will contact you for fish monitoring activities. Ben White, or his staff, may contact you with fish stocking requests. Derek Acomb, or his staff, may contact you for fish rescues, broodstock collection, or habitat assessment.

Q: When do field activities occur?

A: Stocking occurs in the spring and/or the fall. Adult coho surveys begin in late November and run through early March. Juvenile coho surveys typically occur during the summer between May and October. From March to June monitoring crews are also focused on downstream migrant smolt trapping, which only occurs on a few properties within the Russian River basin.