During the winter and spring of 2015, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative conducted five interactive workshops focused on the use of beaver in aquatic restoration to solicit input from land owners/managers, restoration funders, reviewers, and practitioners actively involved in beaver restoration and management. The culmination of these workshops is a Beaver Restoration Guidebook that is currently in development. Read the Full Article
King Fire Restoration Alternatives PREVIEW and Panel Discussion - March 25
The plannng team for the King Fire Restoration Project has reviewed the public comments that were expressed in approximately 60 letters and in person during the January 13 public open house. Based on the comments received, seven key issues have been identified which have guided the development of alternatives to the proposed action.
The team has outlined three alternatives in addition to the proposed action and the no action alternative. In depth analysis of these alternatives is now in progress.
Steve Evans, Wild Rivers Consultant for Friends of the River
In mid-March, The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board of Directors affirmed its support for state Wild & Scenic River protection for the Mokelumne River. Although the utility has supported protection of the river in the past, the new resolution specifically urges the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown to pass and sign legislation to protect 35 miles of the river in Amador and Calaveras Counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
An EBMUD resolution adopted last year supported state legislation to protect the river but the utility's support was contingent on the approval of other "stakeholders" in the watershed, including Amador County and local water agencies, which have fanatically opposed legislative protection of the river. Because EBMUD delivers water from the Mokelumne to 2.4 million ratepayers in the east Bay Area, the utility should have a strong interest in maintaining the river's water quality and to preventing inappropriate development.
The Pebble Mine in Alaska is being contained with the aid of the EPA. Did you know that a similar larger threat is growing on the border of Southeast Alaska with Canada. Canada is allowing increased mining opportunities in British Columbia that threaten the habitat and environmental resources of major rivers flowing into Alaska and the sea. Ten major mines are in development on the Stikine and Unuk Rivers. Each of these mines would contain a massive tailings dam. These dams would have to contain thee tailings in perpetuity to avoid damage to the $2 billion fishing and tourism business of Alaska. This is the type of dam that failed at Mt Polley in 2014 damaging the Frasier River watershed. Trout Unlimited and Salmon Beyond Borders have produced a film illustrating the risks to Alaska. View the film at salmonbeyondborders.org.
A 1909 treaty with Canada states "Waters flowing across the boundary shall not be polluted on either side to the injury of health or property on the other". Yet Canada is willing to continues supporting the development of these mines.
The World of Trout is a seminal event celebrating trout and the passion they inspire around the world. Arguably no other freshwater species have had more impact on art and literature, conservation science, the global economy, and the human condition. This first-of-its-kind event will be held in Bozeman, Montana, July 26 - 31, 2015, in the shadow of Yellowstone National Park and in proximity to some of the most beloved trout streams in the world. This event will bring together a diverse audience that includes conservationists, scientists, anglers, writers, artists, educators, and the public for an exchange of ideas and focused events that explore trout as a global barometer, driver for ecosystem restoration, resource for sustained regional economies, instrument of human culture, and more. See the World of Trout for full details. A small window is open for submittal of art, film or papers.