I am excited to introduce Stoecker Ecological to the 1% for the Planet network. Although they are a new member, both the company and its founder have been involved with our organization directly and indirectly for years.
Since 1999, Stoecker Ecological has focused on conducting sound biological assessments of watersheds; prioritizing restoration opportunities for wild salmon and steelhead populations, while overseeing collaborative projects to improve ecosystem health and recover wild runs of fish. Stoecker Ecological has spearheaded the removal of over three-dozen dams and other migration barriers to reconnect and improve habitat quality for wild steelhead and salmon. Stoecker Ecological received the 2009 Riparian Challenge Award from the American Fisheries Society for the removal of almost a dozen steelhead migration barriers on Carpinteria Creek. Thanks to their efforts and support, the endangered fish can once again swim from the ocean back to the uppermost natural limits of the watershed.
Since its formation, Stoecker Ecological has embraced the principles of 1% for the Planet by volunteering over one hundred hours and donating a portion of their annual revenue to environmental non-profits. Joining 1% FTP will let others know what the company is doing to improve the quality of our environment.
Stoecker Ecological’s owner, Matt Stoeker, has been involved with 1% FTP for a number of years through his connection to 1% FTP non-profit partner group, Beyond Searsville Dam. This group is advocating for the responsible removal of Stanford University’s ecologically destructive and antiquated Searsville Dam. Matt also worked alongside 1% FTP’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, to hatch the idea for a film about the dam removal and river restoration movement, called DamNation, which is currently in production. DamNation is being co-produced by Stoecker Ecological and 1% FTP member Felt Soul Media.
As you can see, Stoeker Ecological has many connections to 1% for the Planet, and we are thankful that they have decided to join as a member to make this connection even stronger! Welcome to our network!