South Fork Antelope Creek

Conserving a pristine reach of a salmon stronghold on the flanks of Mount Lassen

South Fork Antelope Creek is a principal tributary to Antelope Creek, one of the healthiest remaining tributaries to the upper Sacramento River. Both streams support wild runs of threatened winter steelhead and threatened spring and fall Chinook salmon. Western Rivers Conservancy has committed to purchase 1,150 acres along the south fork in an effort to conserve more than 2.5 miles of the stream. Photo: Cindy Diaz.

In California, Chinook salmon are listed as threatened on the Endangered Species List. Antelope Creek is part of the Sacramento Salmon Stronghold, one of only six rivers with this designation in the state. Photo: Paul Vecsei-Engbretson Underwater Photography.

Western Rivers Conservancy is working to conserve a 2.5 mile reach of South Fork Antelope Creek where it flows through Lassen National forest, east of the Tehama Wildlife Area. The stream supports some of the highest biodiversity within the national forest boundary. Photo: Cindy Diaz.

South Fork Antelope Creek, where it flows through the 1,150-acre property that Western Rivers Conservancy is working to preserve. Photo: Cindy Diaz.

WRC's purchase of 1,150 acres along South Fork Antelope Creek will benefit one of the most important salmon and steelhead streams left in the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Cindy Diaz.

Within the national forest, water quality in South Fork Antelope Creek is exceptionally high, and temperatures remain cold year-round. Both factors are crucial for the long term survival of salmon and steelhead within the Sacramento River Basin. Western Rivers Conservancy's efforts to protect a reach of the stream will help ensure the creek stays healthy for generations. Photo: Cindy Diaz.

Bear scratches mark an old-growth ponderosa pine on the property WRC is working to conserve. The tree is one of many giant, old-growth ponderosas and incense cedars that tower over South Fork Antelope Creek. The property supports diverse wildlife, including mountain lion, black bear, bald eagle, golden eagle, prairie falcon and western pond turtle. Photo: Cindy Diaz.

The property WRC is working to conserve supports a diverse assemblage of plant communities. South Fork Antelope Creek is shaded by dense growths of oak and pine that keep the stream cool year round. Photo: Cindy Diaz.