Please keep these excellent, detailed, well-researched cover articles on important issues by Will Parrish coming. Our local daily does so little of such serious, old-fashioned journalism
Rather than controlling sediment discharge from logging that has filled the "core" coho habitat of Elk River, the Regional Water Board voted to let HRC alter the river channel with heavy equipment from the historically deeply incised channel with long deep pools that are deeply shaded by tall riparian forests to a wide flat "V" shaped channel that lacks sheltering vegetation. The plan is to destroy forever the channel that naturally evolved and supported the North Coast's most thriving salmon runs. The Regional Water Board reasoned that the cold water fishery must be sacrificed so that an industrial waste ditch can be built, at taxpayer expense, that is designed to increase logging's pollution load allocation.
Elk River Residents propose low impact management to encourage the channel to incise down through the eight feet of timber sludge that clogs the channel and entombs spawning gravels and rearing pools. We have notified California Fish and Wildlife and requested permits to proceed prior to early rains this fall. Many residents have volunteered to help remove obstructions to flood water conveyance, including landowners whose homes, farms, and orchards are severely and frequently flooded as a result of the obstructions to flow. Please call or write CA Fish and Wildlife and CDF and ask them to implement the low impact methods that residents have requested since 1998, and/or volunteer to help. Funds, and your efforts are desperately needed. Contact ELKRRA or Elk River Residents' Association at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Residents also propose a restoration forest; one planned to regrow forest cover resembling old growth forest by thinning from below the canopy. The methods are designed to comply with the Timber Production Zoning, but would prioritize the stabilization of the rapidly eroding landscape while sequestering carbon at maximum biological potential. This method is designed to recover the deeply incised channel so important to salmon and residents' continued existence. Forty years of abject regulatory failure to prevent severe cumulative impacts provide no other feasible alternative than a restoration forest.
Yes, the Karuk are a tribe in the Klamath River basin. The Kashia Pomo, as you know, are the indigenous people whose ancestral territory includes the Gualala River watershed. These two peoples are separated by a few hundred miles, as are the logging activities this story describes.
The ''Forest Service'' are the pimps of the Federal Government. They ''service'' industry. They not only sell logging rights, they sell mineral rights, grazing rights and more. Their job is not to protect the forests, but to use them and make money off them. Most of their ''protection'' involves keeping the public away with use fees and closed roads and overpriced campgrounds so you do not see the extent of their pandering. Clear cutting? No problem. If you don;'t think so, go up to the Mount Shasta area and get off road. You'll be appaled. And if you go off road in Oregon or Washington you'll just throw up.
Karuk are a tribe from way further north. Do you mean, the Kashia Pomo?
This is very interesting research. Another good example of the interface between humans and the natural order. We still have much to learn about birds and their true benefit to humans. I think tagging birds, like we have tagged other wild animals, will continue to provide us with valuable information like how do birds accommodate to the changing habitats and our environment. And, I hope we keep protecting our environment to provide a healthy place for birds to flourish.
It's a great article, thank you! I didn't mean to leave that out!
"but the dark side of his success is that, most likely, he consumed his siblings—not uncommon in the unsentimental world of the barn owl." I'm sorry, this is not factual. They only consume siblings after they have died, or maybe almost died. They do not engage in siblicide.
Also, vineyards that kill birds can never be bird friendly. It's not a few non-native songbirds that get trapped and killed, it's more like thousands. and it's not ok.
I appreciate that vineyards are moving towards non-toxic, predator-friendly practices! Barn owls and bluebirds are a vineyards best friends as long as no poison is used. This is a great steady and much-needed, but there have been others - just recently in fact. Another study was published in the local Ag-Alert paper in April of this year! I look forward to the results of this new study.
The budding politician and gun-owner Keith Rhinehart wants to work within the NRA: "Most NRA members, like myself, are pretty sane, normal people who don't believe you should be able to go to a gun show, buy a gun and walk out."
I'm sure many would like to know what efforts he's making within the NRA to put sane leadership in charge there. Otherwise, his money is just going to keeping in place the current extremists there now.
Mr Natural, my step-father is 90 years old, healthy, and drug-free, and eats meat every day of his life, for lunch and supper. I eat meat at least five days a week. I am 55 years old, an ultramarathoner who runs every single day of the year, without ever incurring injury, and I never get sick. I have a friend who is Sikh, from India, who is vegetarian and is alway suffering from some sort of nutritional deficiency, suffers from migraines, and allergies. What is your point? A person's health is not really as related to diet as much as Americans have been misled to believe. Many other variables factor into a person's health.
What the Congressman is a complete joke. Gun Control costs people lives, it does not save them. Look at all the mass shootings, they took place in gun free zones. Additionally, he speaks highly of California and it's ability to pass Gun Control laws that Governor Brown will sign. He simply neglected to mention that most of all the laws passed in California violate our Civil Rights by violating the Constitution's 2nd Amendment.
These laws will do little but make criminals bolder knowing the average citizen will not be able to defend themselves. They also forgot some minor details about California, we are in DEBT to almost the tune of $2,000,000,000,000.00. The Democrat Oligarchy that runs the state is kicking that figure down the road for now.....
If "a vote, any vote" was so important, then why did EVERY Democrat vote against the 2 bills Republicans offered in the US Senate??? Come up with a clever line to explain their craven hypocrisy - we'll wait
Angwin. Howell Mountain, Napa County, under massive logging\deforestation proposals. Conversion to Vineyard is the #1 threat to environment. Ground water depletion, climate change, habit loss, wildlife migration corridors blocked, streams destroyed. Why interview a dweeb like Smith? He is a mad man.......
Great article. Thank you Stett, for writing it and for publishing it in the Bohemian. I live on a hillside in the Napa Valley about a mile from the proposed Calistoga Hills Resort. A neighbor of mine cleared many acres of beautiful hillside forest and planted vineyard in its place. The chainsaws, tractors, and excavators were operating at all hours and days of the week on and off over several years time. The county and the state have no issue with a clear-cut like this, and I don't think he is done yet as there are still some trees left on his property. I wonder how many more "conversions" will be taking place on the hills of this county, since there is no agency that restrains greedy owners from cutting all the trees on a property.
This is exactly why big wine money wants to elect Hopkins; to continue their push onto our remaining hillsides and coastal hillsides. Come on Sonoma county, get out from behind your I-phones and help elect Noreen Evans. It's not "Imagine if she wins" we need you in the streets talking to your neighbors and fighting for what's at stake here.
Ken Sund- Jenner
Though there are problems in Napa, they seem far ahead of Sonoma County in reigning in the over-growth of the wine industry, and thus preserving food farming and rural diversity. That's why Napa vintners such as Paul Hobbs and Joe Wagner are moving some of their operations out of Napa and into Sonoma County and beyond. For more information, go to www.winewaterwatch.org
With a weak coastal commission and a big business dominated Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Noreen Evans will help effectively push back Big Oil and Big Wine and Big real estate. Take back our coast and save our environment.
This article reveals yet another reason for electing environmentalist Noreen Evans as the 5th District Supervisor. She would be more able to stand up to Big Oil and its damage to the environment, including the climate, as well as to Big Wine. It is our habitat that provides jobs, not the corporations that rape nature.
So far it seems clear that Lynda Hopkins' campaign has a lot of money to spend. When a candidate has a war chest so large that she can purchase expensive, multi-page newspaper inserts weeks before the campaign, I start to wonder who's paying for it.
She seems like a perfectly fine human being, and may have the best of intentions. However, Ms. Hopkins is relatively new to the area and is already funded by many of the same big businesses that funded Effren Carillo (most notably the Ratto Group). Accepting that funding without knowing that there will be an expectation of payback is either painfully naive or worse, highly calculating and corrupt. Either way, that should give us pause.
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