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Online presentation on the Wilds of the Upper Watershed

Tomorrow! – Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) presents naturalist and Annapolis artist, Liam Ericson, in an online talk and slide show, “Preservation Ranch: A first look at the unseen interior of the Gualala River” on Sunday, June 7th at 4 pm via Zoom.

Liam has explored the wilds of Preservation Ranch (now known as “Buckeye Forest“), where 19,645 acres of forest, grassland, and riparian corridor combine to host countless species of plants and wildlife and provide critical habitat for the recovery of northern spotted owls and steelhead trout. These lands, shaped by a series of creeks, including the largest, Buckeye Creek, form a major part of the eastern Gualala River watershed, a remote area that few have seen.

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‘Blatant manipulation’: Trump administration exploited wildfire science to promote logging

Political appointees at the interior department have sought to play up climate pollution from California wildfires while downplaying emissions from fossil fuels as a way of promoting more logging in the nation’s forests, internal emails obtained by the Guardian reveal.

The messaging plan was crafted in support of Donald Trump’s pro-industry arguments for harvesting more timber in California, which he says would thin forests and prevent fires – a point experts refute.

The emails show officials seeking to estimate the carbon emissions from devastating 2018 fires in California so they could compare them to the carbon footprint of the state’s electricity sector and then publish statements encouraging cutting down trees.

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Test your trees for free!

Monitor disease spread, be on the lookout for new dangerous strains, and send in your California bay laurel or tanoak leaves for testing

You *MUST* register to participate in this year’s blitzes:

ucanr.edu/2020SODblitz

Participants will review training materials online due to COVID-19. This training is required, as it covers COVID-19 safety instructions and new scientific information.

We will host Zoom drop-in meetings for participants to ask questions.

Participants may receive collection materials in packets in one of the following two ways:

1.      *PREFERRED* Submit your address and we will mail them to you; For this, registration must be submitted by Friday, April 24, OR

2.     Pick them up at a table outside our office during times listed below on Saturday, May 2 or Sunday May 3

Participants will return samples by mail using pre-addressed postage paid envelopes that are included in the packets. Sample envelopes must be postmarked to UC Berkeley before or on Tuesday, May 5.

UCCE Sonoma Office packet pick-up times:

  • Saturday, May 2 from 10:30AM-12:30PM
  • Sunday, May 3 from 10:30AM-12:30PM

The UCCE Sonoma office is located at 133 Aviation Blvd Suite 109, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Zoom Q&A meeting times:

  • Saturday, May 2 from 9-10AM with SSU’s Galbreath Preserve Coordinator
  • Sunday, May 3 from 9-10AM with SSU’s Osborn Outreach Coordinator and UCCE SOD Program Coordinator
  • Sunday, May 3 from 1-2PM with a SOD Specialist Master Gardener

Rick Coates    707-632-6070 or rcoates@sonic.net

Reply-To: kwininger@ucanr.edu

 

Forest Service favors reducing public input to fast-track projects

Clearcuts and dead and dying trees pepper the landscape on the Lolo National Forest in western Montana.

By Laura Lundquist

The U.S. Forest Service is creating more ways to approve logging projects without providing environmental analysis or public oversight.

A recent analysis conducted by WildEarth Guardians shows the Forest Service is bypassing much of the public process in order to push through an increasing number of large forest projects throughout the West.

“The acres are just staggering. We’re seeing millions of acres excluded from sufficient analysis,” said WildEarth Guardians Missoula spokesman Adam Rissien.

Rissien used Forest Service postings to tally all the logging and/or burning projects proposed for the past quarter – January through March – where forest managers had applied a “categorical exclusion” to avoid the public process normally required by law.

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Addition to Taylor Mountain park in Santa Rosa secures key link in open space protection

Sonoma County parks may be closed for the moment, but there’s a new development that should bring joy to outdoor enthusiasts, even so.

It’s a 54-acre addition to Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve that will expand the popular park right to the edge of south Santa Rosa neighborhoods.

The land acquisition, set to close Wednesday, was made possible through a $1.35 million deal put together over the past 2½ years by the nonprofit Sonoma Land Trust, in partnership with regional parks and the taxpayer-funded Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, which put up more than half the money.

The addition will eventually allow for more access from neighborhoods near the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and pave the way for future connections via the planned Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway leading to Spring Lake Regional Park and adjoining Trione-Annadel State Park.

In addition, the expansion prevents development from encroaching upon wildlife habitat centered on a tree-shaded stretch of Cooper Creek, a tributary of Matanzas Creek with headwaters on the northern slopes of Taylor Mountain.

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