CA DFG Announces Cancellation of 2009 American River Salmon Festival

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DFG Announces Cancellation of 2009 American River Salmon FestivalThe Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and its sponsors and partners have canceled the 2009 American River Salmon Festival. The action was prompted by budget and staff cuts experienced by many of the sponsors and partners, state employee furloughs and negative economic conditions.

The annual October celebration has been held at the Nimbus Hatchery and Lake Natoma for the past 12 years, providing the public with a better understanding and appreciation for the American and Sacramento rivers and their connection to the salmon population.

The American River Salmon School Days, a field trip for 4th grade school children that has been held in conjunction with the festival in previous years, will continue this year. The American River Salmon School Days instructs students about the importance of clean and healthy rivers as well as habitat for salmon and other species. The program is offered to all 14 school districts in Sacramento County. More information about the Salmon School Days is available at www.dfg.ca.gov/education/SalmonSchool.

A possible resumption of the festival will be considered by DFG and its partners and sponsors next year.