In the early 1990s residents of the lower Mattole River (Humboldt County, CA) watershed created the Mattole Watershed Alliance
to work on improving Mattole River conditions toward the common goal of preserving populations of wild salmonids. The collection
provides information about the group's activities and the challenges that the initial goodwill and successes could not overcome.
The Alliance's goals, actions, and group process are described in "The Mattole Watershed Alliance: A Case Study of Community-Based
Consensus" by Brain, Meyer and Rafferty which is included in this collection.