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About SARSAS

SARSAS is trying to do with one stream, the Auburn Ravine, what must be done to all streams and rivers on the entire West Coast and that is to make the entire length of the ravine navigable for Anadromous Fish.

The health and well-being of Salmon is directly linked to that of people. If we improve the health and well-being of Salmon, we improve the health and well-being of mankind and therefore ourselves.

Salmon are as resilient and adaptive as humans; when they can no longer adapt, neither can mankind. They need our help….NOW.

Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead (SARSAS, Inc.)  is a 501C3, tax exempt, public benefit corporation with EIN 80-0291680 All donations to SARSAS are tax deductible for the donor.

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Hemphill Dam is a major barrier for salmon


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Robert Hane, SARSAS North Ravine Restoration Coordination, “Restoration of North Ravine, Largest Tributary of Auburn Ravine, for Salmon and Steelhead Spawning,”

August 28, 2017

Bio: I was born in Chico, CA, where my parents owned a lumberyard and cabinet shop. They also owned property in Oakland, CA. We eventually moved to the ranch there. The state used eminent domain to claim this property for the building of Interstate 5. When this took place we moved to Sacramento.

I graduated from Howe Elementary School and Encina High School. Then I enlisted in the U. S. Army. I went to Vietnam in 1965. After I returned to the states I was stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division. After being discharged, I returned to Sacramento and worked as an Operating Engineer for thirty-five years.

My wife and I moved to Auburn in 1969 and started a Christmas tree ranch. I was president of the 49er Fruit Trail and Christmas Tree Lane for twelve years. Also, I was a member of the Junior Livestock Fair for the Gold Country Fair for five years.

I first became interested in SARSAS after reading an article in the Auburn Journal about Jack Sanchez and John Rabe trying to save small fish by watering a creek with a garden hose. I am an avid fly fisherman and have been since I was thirteen years old. I have recollections of my parents fishing for salmon in Butte Creek. My dad used a pitchfork and my mom held a gunnysack. They were standing knee deep in the creek with thousands of salmon around them.

As a SARSAS member, I would like to help make it possible for Jack Sanchez’s dream to come true.