Earth, Water, Climate Series Forum

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The public is invited to the third “Earth, Water, Climate Series” program on Saturday January 24th, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Redding Library Community Room.

Local community members are presenting the third “Earth, Water, Climate Series” forum on Shasta & Tehama County timber harvest in the Library’s Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, CA. Local concern has stemmed from the 2013 report by the California Natural Resources Agency describing that 25% of the non-federal timberland in Shasta County had been logged in the years 2003-2012. This discussion will focus specifically on timber harvest impacts and regulations in our local area. Presenters are Marily Woodhouse, Director of the rural grassroots group Battle Creek Alliance, and Joe Croteau, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Timberland Conservation Program Manager. Some elements of climate change will be explored.

One perspective of timber harvesting will be presented in the documentary “Clearcut Nation” produced by Battle Creek Alliance. This documentary includes interviews with local botanist Julie Kierstead Nelson, and former logger Randy Compton. Other interviewees include Dr. Tom Myers, hydrologist, Dr. Dennis Odion, fire ecologist, and Monica Bond, wildlife biologist. Local artist Chen Compton drew artwork for the film and local musician Matthew Songmaker provided music. According to some experts, loss of mature forest cover is one of the leading causes of climate change.

Joe Croteau will provide an overview of CDFW’s role in reviewing and monitoring timber harvesting plans (THPs). This will include challenges and priorities for 2015 and beyond. He will also discuss how the public can participate in THP review, and provide a walkthrough of the “ftp” website that contains timber harvesting documents.

The audience is invited to participate in a question and answer period after the presentations.

The Earth Water Climate series is organized by a group of residents of Northern California who work together to create educational forums on a variety of important issues. For more information, please connect with our Facebook page @ Earth Water Climate Series, email or call 530-547-4907.

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  1. Avatar Randy says:

    I have learned that Joe Croteau, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Timberland Conservation Program Manager will be accepting written questions only. I was expecting open conversation and can think of no reason why our representative from DFS would make this demand. At a previous meeting with Mr. Croteau on clearcutting he identified himself as a wildlife biologist but when I asked him about the Sixth Great Extinction he had never heard about it. He acknowledged that thousands of acres of wildlife habitat has been destroyed by clearcutting and that there is a systematic effort by timber corporations to eradicate the native oak, the most valuable food source in the forest, from hundreds of thousands acres of crucial wildlife habitat. When asked how all this is effecting wildlife he replied,” if you think there is a problem you would have to prove it”. What is the job of the Department of Fish and Wildlife if not to protect fish and wildlife? There are many questions the DFS needs to answer in regards to clearcutting but they steer the conversation like politician in order to avoid being confronted with the crucial questions. The only way those crucial questions will be answered is if the citizenry demand answers. Please come.