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Troy Fletcher, Yurok Tribe's Visionary Leader, Passes Away - by Dan Bacher
"This is a tragic loss for the Yurok people, so tragic that words cannot express how we feel,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Troy accomplished things that many people thought were impossible. We will forever be grateful for Troy’s tremendous contribution to the Tribe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." Photo of Troy Fletcher courtesy of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:41AM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike - by via California Faculty Association
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
Calif. Indian Tribes Sue Transportation Agencies Over Destruction of Cultural Sites - by Karen Pickett
Calif. Indian Tribes Sue Transportation Agencies Over Destruction of Cultural Sites and Call for Halt of Construction After Ancient Village Bulldozed in the Dead of Night. Sacred Sites destroyed in the course of construction of Caltrans' Willits Bypass highway expansion in Mendocino County on Hwy. 101
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:08PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote - by via California Faculty Association
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— A state-convened working group is recommending a series of important initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:42PM
Cal State U. faculty to mark start of a Strike Vote with Picketlines, Theater, Rallies - by via California Faculty Association
A Strike Authorization Vote by the faculty who teach in the 23-campus California State University system begins online and in person at 9 am on Monday, October 19. The vote continues through 5 pm October 28.
Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:03PM
Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Leatherback Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California, Hawaiian Longline Fisheries & Gear Entanglements
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:49PM
NLG Plays Pivotal Role in Solitary Confinement Victory - by National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter
After years of struggle, people in California prisons dealt a significant blow to the practice of solitary confinement. On September 1, parties reached a settlement in Ashker v. Governor of California, limiting if not eliminating the use of indeterminate long-term solitary confinement. Led by those inside California prisons, who often put their lives on the line, several Guild attorneys and legal workers played a role in this historic victory. Photo: Activists, family members, and attorneys c...
Posted: Fri Oct 9, 2015 3:20PM
Sustainable Certification And The Flow Of Commodities And Currency - by Tomas DiFiore
Sustainable Certification in new frontiers for flex-crops such as palm oil, or soy, requires first that an educational format convey the benefits of changing (agri)cultural practices in usually distant remote places of a landscape. It mat be necessary pass amendments to Constitutions (land use changes) and National Interpretations of International law; there are lawyers and layers of linguistics, adjusting the language of 'land reform' to gain acceptance by various strata of society. Furtherm...
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 9:21AM
Bill to ban new offshore oil drilling held until next year - by Dan Bacher
“Big oil may have the money, but the people of California will win the fight to protect our environment and California’s $40 billion coastal economy,” said Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg). Photo: Mike McGuire speaks at a press conference for SB 788 at the State Capitol in Sacramento in April, 2015. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sun Sep 6, 2015 9:57AM
Certified Redwood Forests and Public Trust Resources - by Tomas DiFiore
The importance of fog, and fog drip to regrowth of the forest within the range of coastal influence is not discussed in Chapter 22.214.171.124, of MRC's draft HCP. What management options (silvicultural prescriptions over the duration of the HCP) would achieve a positive increased input to forest hydrology, redwood ecology, and overstory interception? This would have been a much more useful discussion in THPs Section under CEQA “Alternatives Considered.” How is the role of fog (including fog dri...
Posted: Sat Sep 5, 2015 8:43AM
Groups Fight to Save Rare, Mink-like Carnivore in California, Oregon - by Center for Biological Diversity
ARCATA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on September 1 for failing to protect the coastal marten, a secretive member of the weasel family, under the Endangered Species Act. The groups, represented by the public interest law firm Earthjustice, petitioned in 2010 for federal protection of the rare carnivore, then known as the Humboldt marten, but the Servic...
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 2:31PM
As the drought rages on, so do the fires! The Rocky Fire - by D. Boyer
As the drought rages on so do the wildfires. The Rocky Fire has grown beyond expectations, and has been one of the State's most erratic fires.
Posted: Thu Aug 6, 2015 9:03AM
Tribes Slam Federal Water Plan for Klamath River - by Dan Bacher
"It's now come to the 11th hour and we're still entertaining arm chair quarterback approaches to protecting Klamath-Trinity River fish," said Mike Orcutt, Fisheries Director for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, noting that BOR will finalize its EA on Friday, August 7. Photo courtesy of Vivienna Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 5, 2015 11:36AM
Evidence Found of New Wolf in California's Siskiyou County - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Evidence of a wolf in Siskiyou County was reported on August 3 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Following up on citizen sightings of a lone, dark-colored canid, agency staff obtained photographic images from a trail camera and spotted fresh tracks, indications that California is now home to its second wolf in nearly a century. The wolf, which may be roaming in Siskiyou County, is not wearing a radio-collar, so its movements will be detectable only by trail c...
Posted: Tue Aug 4, 2015 10:42AM
Organizations Sue Mendocino County in Response to Wildlife Services Contract Renewal - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif., July 27, 2015 — Animal-protection and conservation organizations filed suit today challenging Mendocino County’s contract renewal with Wildlife Services, a notorious federal wildlife-killing program that killed close to 3 million animals in the United States in 2014.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:14PM
The Dark History of the California Bear Flag: An Interview with Alex Abella (audio/mpeg 8.0MB) - by Dump the California Bear Flag
Alex Abella is a journalist and author. His article for the Los Angeles Times called California, it's time to dump the Bear Flag, tells the history of California’s Bear Flag and its origins in a racist revolt.
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:15PM
Judge Keeps Suction Dredge Mining Out of California Rivers This Summer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled today against an attempt by the mining community to start suction dredge mining in California waterways this summer. Suction dredge miners had asked the court to prevent the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from enforcing the current moratorium on the destructive practice, which has been in place since 2009. The moratorium is designed to prevent mercury pollution and damage to wildlife, waterways and cultur...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:30PM
Mendocino County Renews Controversial Contract with Wildlife-Killing Program - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
County Will Pay Wildlife Services to Kill Millions of Wild Animals Each Year
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:57PM
California Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nearly Extinct Humboldt Marten - by Center for Biological Diversity
ARCATA, Calif.— The Environmental Protection Information Center and the Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act. The Humboldt marten is a cat-sized carnivore related to minks and otters that lives in old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon. Most of the marten’s forest habitat has been destroyed by logging, and the remaining martens in California...
Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 11:01PM