Conservation groups, fishing advocates and others are celebrating the re-introduction of Winter-Run Salmon to the North Fork of Battle Creek. The Sacramento River tributary runs to Cottonwood from Eastern Shasta County and Northern Tehama County. Sacramento River Winter Run Chinook Salmon were the first fish in California to receive Endangered Species Act Protection. The drought hit them especially hard, with less than one thousand fish returning to spawn last year. It’s hoped that the Battle Creek population of 200,000 hatchery raised Chinook will help the survival of the species, as the Winter run in the Upper Sacramento River has been close to extinction for several years. The new habitat in the North Fork of Battle Creek is made possible by a $100 Million Dollar project to remove 5 PG&E dams that had previously produced hydroelectricity.