Natural Resources and Science

Natural Resources and Science

News articles ranging from water and energy issues, and restoration projects to science and technology are found here.

According to a press release from Representative Mike Thomspson's Office, dated Jan. 24, 2012:
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today released the following statement on the Interior Department’s Draft Overview Report on Klamath Dam Removal Studies. Thompson is the sponsor of the H.R. 3398, the Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act. “The synthesis of studies released today scientifically confirms that the agreements in place represent the best way forward for the Klamath River Basin and its communities,” said Thompson. “Years of scientific and technical studies have concluded that the dam removals will not only benefit our river basin by restoring fish and wildlife habitats, it will strengthen our economy by creating thousands of jobs. The time for Congress to act is now.”
The comprehensive draft report, entitled Klamath Dam Removal Overview Report for the Secretary of the Interior: an Assessment of Science and Technical Information (Overview Report), and each individual study conducted on the environmental and economic impacts of the potential dam removal, is available at: www.KlamathRestoration.gov

Some key findings of the report include:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Local Wine Tasting audio and photos posted

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Local wine tasting events took place this year on both Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 2011, from 1 to 5 p.m. The tasings were open to the public and were held at Briceland Vineyards and the Whitethorn Winery. These tastings traditionally take place during the Spring and Fall seasons on Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekends. The owner/winemakers from Elk Prairie Vineyard, were also pouring their wines at the Whitethorn Winery location. The Whitethorn Winery tasting this year was dedicated to the Mattole Coho and a portion of the proceeds from the the Whitethorn and Elk Prairie tastings will be donated to the Mattole Coho Recovery Project (Baker Creek Pilot Project-see below for more information).

Contact information for the Wineries are listed below:

  • Briceland Vineyards- Founders Maggie Carey and Joe Collins; www.bricelandvineyards.com/5959 Briceland Road, Redway, CA  95560; Telephone: 707-923-2429 ; Apprentice winemaker is Andrew Morris
  • Elk Prairie Vineyard - Owners/Winemakers, Alan and Sandra Estrada; elkprairievineyard.com/ 11544 Dyerville Loop Road, Myers Flat, CA 95554; Telephone: 707-943-3498; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Whitethorn Winery- Owner/Winemaker, Tasha McKee; 545 Shelter Cove Rd., Whitethorn, CA 95589;  Telephone: 707 986-1642

    Community Journalist, Bob Froehlich, attended both tastings on Friday and the story aired on KMUD News on Mon., Nov. 28 - that segment can be heard or downloaded using the audio player below:

    Workshop on Mattole Headwaters Habitat Recovery for Coho - Baker Creek Pilot Project (Joint project between BLM Arcata Field Office and Sanctuary Forest)- Presented byTasha McKee On Friday Nov. 18 at the Beginnings in Briceland when the Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) held its Annual Meeting of the Membership.

    Bonus Feature: Raw Audio of Interview done by Bob Froehlich at the Whitethorn Winery Friday Nov. 25, 2011 with Michael Pollock: - Northwest Fisheries Science Center/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-consultant on Baker Creek Pilot Project.

Photo/Left, taken Early on Friday at the Briceland Wine Tasting - Joe Collins Pouring - and Photo/Right shows the H'ordeuvres Table at Briceland Winery, hosted by Rae and Jim Shiraishi


Photo/Left Shows Dennis Huber (foreground) assisting in the Wine Auction at Whitethorn Winery and Photo/Right shows a display at the Whitethorn Wine Tasting, giving information about the Baker Creek Pilot Project



On Friday Nov. 18 at the Beginnings in Briceland the Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) held its Annual Meeting of the Membership. The event started at 10 a.m. and began with introductions, a series of workshops and a roundtable conversation covering a number of issues of concern in the Mattole Watershed. 
The MRC website describes the events following the workshops and roundtable conversation as follows:
Following the roundtable conversation will be the Mattole Restoration Council’s annual meeting of the membership. Members will receive updates on the organizations accomplishments, finances, and all candidates for seats on the Board of Directors are invited to make a statement regarding their interest in the organization. Working together all day is sure to work up quite an appetite so, starting at 6 PM we will be serving a lasagna dinner. This will be available for $15, or $10 for kids. A bake sale will provide a wide choice of desserts, with local beer and wine rounding out the delicious dining. Be sure to come prepared to bid on silent auction items donated by our generous supporters in the community. The nightcap celebration will be dancing and socializing with the tantalizing jazzy sound of the Latin Peppers. These skilled local musicians are sure to provide a vibrant sound track for a great time. Come and give thanks for a healthy watershed, dance, celebrate, and chart the future of our community based restoration effort!
The audio from the workshop series was recorded by KMUD Community Journalist, Eileen Russell, and was re-edited into five presentations as indicated below. Use the players below to hear or download the audio.
Presentation 1: Sudden Oak Death: Introduction by Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of MRC; Presenters:Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor for the UC Cooperative Extension and Seth Zuckerman, MRC Forest Futures Program Coordinator
Presentation 2: Implications of Climate Change on Habitat Restoration: Presenters: Seth Zuckerman; Tasha McKee, Co-Executive Director/Stewardship at Sanctuary Forest and Hezekiah Allen
Presentation 3: Mattole Salmon Group (MSG) Instream Restoration Projects: Presenters: Keytra Meyer, Executive Director, MSG; Drew Barber, Project Coordinator, MSG; Nathan Queener, Monitoring Coordinator, MSG
Presentation 4: Mattole Headwaters Habitat Recovery for Coho - Baker Creek Pilot Project (Joint project between BLM Arcata Field Office and Sanctuary Forest): Presenter: Tasha McKee
Presentation 5: Forest and Land Conservation: Presenters: Noah Levy, Sanctuary Forest Co-Executive Director/Lands; Ali Freedlund, MRC Forest Practices Review Program Coordinator; Seth Zuckerman, MRC Forest Futures Program Coordinator
Photo below by Kimi Feuer, MRC, IT Director:


According to a BLM News Release, dated 9/28/11:
Outdoor enthusiasts can celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping with trail building projects in the King Range National Conservation Area, Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be treated to a barbecue lunch complete with vegetarian options as part of the event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and the Lost Cost Interpretive Association. To sign up, call the BLM King Range Project Office, (707) 986-5400.
Teams of volunteers will help build a new section of the Hidden Valley Interpretive Trail in the southern end of the conservation area, and work with members of the Bigfoot Mountain Biking Club build new connector trails to the Paradise Royale Mountain Biking Trail. Volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. at the BLM King Range Project Office, 768 Shelter Cove Rd. in Whitethorn.  The BLM will provide tools and gloves.  Volunteers must bring their own water and snacks for the day. Free camping will be available on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15.  Participants will also receive free one-day passes, valid for a year, at various public land recreation facilities across the nation. National Public Lands Day T-shirts also will be provided.
The projects are part of ongoing efforts to improve recreational opportunities in the King Range, which has 80 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain biking trails.  Once completed, the 2.5 mile Hidden Valley Interpretive Trail will enable hikers to experience the “gentler” side of the King Range, to learn about natural resources of the NCA and to experience grand ocean views. National Public Lands Day is the largest single day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.  This year more than 180,000 volunteers are expected to complete projects are more than 2,000 sites.  While the official observance was Sept. 24, various local events were scheduled before and after the official observance to accommodate localized schedules for volunteers.
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