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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 220.127.116.11, 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
Fracking Bohemians—more evidence - by Don Eichelberger, Bohemian Grove Action Netwo
Every mid-July for over 100 years, most of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world gather for a two week, off-the-record camp out at Bohemian Grove. This article describes some of the men who have influenced the development of hydrolic fracturing (fracking) and turned it in to another cash cow that is destroying the environment on behalf of the patriarchy.
Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 1:58PM
CSU Teaching Staff in a "Race To The Bottom: Losing Ground and Losing Faith" - by California Faculty Association
Both the quantitative and the qualitative data reveal a significant economic precariousness in the lives of many CSU faculty. From these responses (and from the salary data provided in our first paper), it is undeniable that significant numbers of faculty teaching in the CSU today are among California’s “working poor.” Many others are financially hanging on by a thread through a variety of means...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:40AM
New Data Shows West Coast Whale Entanglements Now at Record High Levels - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— New data reveals that a record number of whales were entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Pacific coast last year, and they are being reported at an even faster rate this year, prompting conservation groups today to urge California fishery managers to institute reforms to better protect marine mammals from injury, suffering and death.
Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:01AM
Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling - by Dan Bacher
“We have to close the loophole in state law that could allow for new offshore oil development,” Senator McGuire said. “After all of the work that we have done to protect our coast and our environment, it’s unconscionable to think that there is a loophole that could lead to additional drilling in state water. It poses too great a risk.”
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:55PM
Coastal Redwood Forests: Carbon Offsets or Climate Mitigation - by Tomas DiFiore
Private corporate industrial commercial timberlands in Mendocino County do not have the standing timber volume inventory to merit carbon sequestration offsets accreditation. Mendocino Redwood Company should not be paid a green certified cent by large scale industrial polluters to ship the remaining redwood forests to expanding markets overseas for carbon offsets. The forest carbon offset marketplace is consumer-product oriented. The short-rotation carbon-decay curve diminishes the intrinsic v...
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:06PM
Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
California's Clear Lake Hitch Closer to Federal Endangered Species Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
CLEAR LAKE, Calif.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that protecting the Clear Lake hitch — a large minnow found only in Northern California’s Clear Lake and its tributaries — under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. Clear Lake hitch were once so plentiful they were a staple food for the original Pomo inhabitants of the Clear Lake region, but have declined to near extinction due to water diversions,...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 8:14PM
California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection From Logging - by Center for Biological Diversity
YREKA, Calif.— A federal court has halted a logging plan in northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and owls. The decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, stems from a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2013 for approving a “habitat conservation plan” for Fruit Growers Supply Company that allowed it to log thousan...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 9:23AM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM