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Humboldt Activists Defend Unlogged Forest In Mattole Watershed - by Karen Pickett
Timber Wars Continue As Humboldt Activists Begin New Tree Sit To Defend Unlogged Forest In Mattole Watershed: Earth First! activists have headed into the woods on the north coast to defend old growth Doug fir forests in the Mattole River Valley from logging by Humboldt Redwood Co., owned by the Fisher family, who purchased the forestland from the old Maxxam/Pacific Lumber with promises to log more sustainably. They have vowed to not log old growth and not clear-cut and have certification fro...
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:29AM
Pomo Tribe Seeks Protection for Cultural Sites at Caltrans Construction of Bypass - by Karen Pickett
The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is requesting government to government consultations regarding ancestral sites in the area where Caltrans is doing highway constuction on the Willits Bypass. Caltrans has already dumped fill on archaeological sites without consultation, as required by law. The Resolution passed unanimously by the Tribe is attached.
Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:35PM
Caltrans Agrees to Reevaluate Impacts of Del Norte Highway Project on Endangered Salmon - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— In response to a lawsuit by conservation groups, Caltrans has agreed to reassess impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Del Norte County on protected salmon and their habitat along the wild and scenic Smith River. A settlement agreement will keep in place a court-ordered halt of construction work until Caltrans completes consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation ...
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:50PM
Three Girls Beaten By Police After Demo for Andy Lopez - by Dave 'Davey D' Cook (repost)
Breaking News: Yesterday there was a big rally for Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa.. Youth from all over the city including many of Andy's classmates stood in front of the DA's office demanding she resign.. After the rally the police beat up 3 Latino girls, two of them 13 the other 14.. One is still in the hospital for injuries..
Posted: Wed Jul 9, 2014 2:37PM
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Puts Contract Renewal With Wildlife Services on Hold - by Center for Biological Diversity
EUREKA, Calif.— One day after a broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups urged the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to terminate its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the board assented to a citizen request to delay consideration of contract renewal for at least a month in order to reevaluate the issues.
Posted: Wed Jul 2, 2014 7:12PM
Humboldt and Mendocino Counties Urged to Void Contract With Inhumane Wildlife Services - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups sent formal letters to the Humboldt County and Mendocino County boards of supervisors today urging them to terminate their contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, which indiscriminately kills tens of thousands of native wild animals in California every year, including coyotes, bears, foxes and mountain lions.
Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:22AM
June 2014 Corporate Hack Attack On A Northern California Community - by Tomas DiFiore
Butte County is taking a leadership stand for all the inland North State counties - the north state gas fields extend from Sacramento through the counties of Butte, Tehama and Glen, Colusa (west) to Lake County and have nothing to do with the 'Monterey Shale'. These are 'Gaslands', tight sand formations. Visit- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/frack-free-butte-county#home 'The page has everything, and the story is so grass roots, it's historic and compelling.'
Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:36AM
Caltrans Willits Bypass Permit Suspended! - by Karen Pickett
The Army Corps of Engineers suspended the permit by which Caltrans is destroying wetlands in Mendocino County, connected to the controversial Caltrans Bypass on Highway 101. This is a much protested project, with Native American involvement. There were over 50 arrests last year.
Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:13PM
Legal Petition Calls for Return of Grizzly Bears to Vast Portions of American West - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition today calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to greatly expand its plans for recovering grizzly bears, including returning the iconic animals to vast portions of the American West. The petition identifies 110,000 square miles of potential grizzly habitat in places like the Gila/Mogollon complex in Arizona and New Mexico, Utah’s Uinta Mountains, California’s Sierra Nevada and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:54PM
Ceremony to Protect Wetlands Brings Together Environmentalists, Indigenous People - by Save Our Little Lake Valley
Although it was perhaps the hottest day in Willits so far this year, the Ceremony to Protect the Wetlands drew more than 50 people yesterday, June 8th, to the parched wetlands that CalTrans has been clearing, draining, and filling to construct its Willits Bypass. (Photo: Priscilla Hunter leading a similar ceremony in the wetlands last October.)
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:06PM
Western Pond Turtle More Critically Endangered Than Once Thought - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today (see PDF) of new research revealing that the western pond turtle is actually at least two species, each of which is therefore more endangered than previously thought. Because of threats like water pollution, introduced species, disease and overcollection, the study reaffirms, federal protection is urgently needed for the turtle, which is included in a 2012 Endangered Species Act petitio...
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:57AM
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Fracking Moratorium Bill - by Dan Bacher
“The cost-benefit analysis of fracking in California has just changed drastically," said Senator Holly Mitchell in a statement. "The costs to people, homes and the environment remain unacceptably high, but we now also know that the projected economic benefits are only a small fraction of what the oil industry has been touting."
Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:27PM
Former MLPA science co-chair sentenced to 10 months - by Dan Bacher
Thomas O'Rourke, Chair of the Yurok Tribe, said the Tribe is "very disappointed in the sentence, and in the system.” Photo of Ron LeValley at an MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team meeting in 2010 by David Gurney.
Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 10:11AM
Mendocino County Supervisors Consider Ordinance To Ban Fracking 05.20.2014 - by Tomas DiFiore
Fracking? No Drill No Spill; Mendocino County Needs A Total Ban! Send a quick thank you note, and VOTE yes to the link below. It will reach all 5 Supervisors. Today's agenda includes 10 minutes to direct Staff to prepare an ordinance to ban fracking in Mendocino County by July 22, 2014. The Board will then consider whether to pass it into law on that day, or place it directly on the November Ballot.
Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:04AM
Federal Court Halts Caltrans Highway-widening Project Along Smith River - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a lawsuit from environmental groups, Northern District Court Judge James Donato issued a preliminary injunction late Friday stopping Caltrans from doing any further work on a controversial highway-widening project along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon until a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 19. The judge cited substantial procedural violations of the Endangered Species Act and the potential for irreparable harm to endangered coho salmon and their critic...
Posted: Mon May 5, 2014 2:06PM
Karuk Tribal Members Thwart Pot Growers’ Attempts to Desecrate Sacred Site - by Dan Bacher
Members of the Karuk Tribe on the Klamath River recently thwarted an attempt by pot growers to desecrate a sacred site, Tishawnik. In a press release, Karuk Tribe leaders said they are concerned that "new age religions or the false claims of associations with established religions could be used to desecrate Karuk sacred sites." “While we acknowledge that peyote is considered a sacrament by the Native American Church, Marijuana has never been sacred to the Karuk People,” explained ...
Posted: Mon May 5, 2014 9:42AM
Human-caused ocean acidity is dissolving shells of tiny snails off the West Coast - by NOAA
A NOAA-led research team has found the first evidence that acidity of continental shelf waters off the West Coast is dissolving the shells of tiny free-swimming marine snails, called pteropods, which provide food for pink salmon, mackerel and herring, according to a new paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:22PM
Endangered Killer Whales May Get Protected Habitat Along West Coast - by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced on April 24 that it will consider expanding protected critical habitat for the endangered “Southern Resident” population of killer whales. If finalized the new rule would extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.
Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:19PM
Frac Free Mendocino County Earth Day Update: Precautionary Principle Policy - by Tomas DiFiore
Application of Offshore Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development, Exploration and/or Production within the County of Mendocino, under the guidance of the Precautionary Principle MENDOCINO COUNTY POLICY #43 PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE POLICY - Where threats of serious or irreversible damage to people or nature exist, lack of full scientific certainty about cause and effect shall not be viewed as sufficient reason for the County to postpone cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the env...
Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:34AM
Secretary John Laird, ocean 'protector' - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that the oceans are in deep trouble with folks like Secretary John Laird and Senator Fran Pavley in charge of "ocean protection" in California. Laird is one of the worst Natural Resources Secretaries for fish, oceans and the environment in California history.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:05AM