Shasta Environmental Alliance Newsletter September 2, 2019

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Costco Final EIR Hearing Postponed again until 2020

Redding City Council Chambers

The Redding City Council hearing on Costco will be postponed until as long as early 2020 because of last minute information submitted by an attorney for opponents of the Project. The issues were over air pollution and traffic. The proposed new Costco will be a 3 ½ acre warehouse, 30 pump gas station and a 70,000 square foot shopping center at the intersection of Bechelli Lane and South Bonnyview Lane next to the I-5 Freeway. This will forever be a blot on the beautiful aesthetic of the entrance to Redding and removal of 25 acres of oak woodland without any mitigation for the habitat loss. There will be two lighted signs on the freeway, one as you approach the building and another on the side of the building. The huge gas station will be visible from the freeway as will the warehouse although slightly screened by a narrow buffer mostly 20 feet wide, but up to 30 feet in a small section. SEA and the Shasta Chapter of California Native Plant Society and many others asked for a 50 to 60-foot barrier which would retain the beauty of the project site and retain some oak woodland habitat. As it currently stands only 45 native oak trees will be preserved. This area has a dense two-tier canopy of smaller interior live oaks and an overstory of gray pines with a few black oak and valley oak trees. The canopy was so thick, there was little understory. After sampling four plots on the site by SEA we determined that there were as many as 4000 trees on the site.

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus in Shasta County

Bear Creek Watershed Group Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm

The Bear Creek Watershed Group meeting will feature a speaker from Shasta County’s Mosquito/Vector Control to talk about how mosquitoes spread West Nile Virus, malaria, Zika virus and heart worm and how to protect yourself. The meeting will be held at the Black Butte Elementary School on Inwood Road just of Highway 44 in Room 15 at 6:30pm. Park in the parking lot and follow signs to Room 15. For more information, contact Marti Weidert at martiweidert@gmail.com.

Wintu Audubon Pacific Crest Trail Presentation

One Safe Place

Wednesday, September 11, 7 pm

General Meeting – The Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, Wednesday, September 11th @ 7:00 pm The west coast wilds contain worlds of beauty, and there’s nothing like a good walk for an exhilarating and up-close experience of it. One of Wintu Audubon’s own, Zach Winchell, took that long walk along the Pacific Crest Trail last summer, from Mexico to Canada. Come share a view of the adventure through his photographs! One Safe Place building 2250 Benton Drive, enter in back of building.

Tierra Robles Planning Commission Meeting

Shasta County Board of Supervisors Chambers

Thursday, September 12th, 2:00 p.m.

The public hearing on this subdivision was closed on July 23, however due to the many comments that came in late and due to the number of comments, the Shasta County Planning Department wanted time to respond to them the hearing will be reopened on September 12 at 2 pm. It is unclear at this time if the hearing will be open to public comments again. For more information, go to https://shastapatrol.org and the Shasta County website at https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm_index/planning_

Wintu Audubon Bird Walk

Lema Ranch

Saturday, September 14, 8 am

The Second Saturday Bird Walk at Lema Ranch, September 14th @ 8:00 am Lema Ranch offers various habitats: Cattail rimmed ponds, several lakes, open fields and oak woodlands. These varied habitats provide good birding in all seasons. Possibilities include Common Gallinule, Green Heron, Lark Sparrow, Western Bluebird, Red-shouldered Hawk and Osprey. Meet trip leader Larry Jordan, at 8:00 am in the parking lot at Hemingway Road off of Shasta View. Questions: 949-5266.

Citizens Climate Lobby Meeting

Redding Public Library Foundation Room

Saturday, September 14, 2:30 pm

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political perspectives. Please visit citizensclimatelobby.org for more information. Local contact is Tamra Plaga 530 229-3660 or 530 338-8981. Email is tplaga@sbcglobal.net.

CNPS King’s Creek to Bumpass Hell via Cold Boiling Lake Field Trip

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Wednesday, September 18, 8 am

Join the Shasta Chapter of California Native Plant Society on this flower covered mountainside meadow. We will hike 5.2 miles roundtrip at high altitude on an uneven trail. Expect late-season flowers at the stream crossings. Sierra gentian may still be in bloom at the trailhead. No dogs allowed on park trails. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet in the Mt. Shasta Mall parking lot near Chase Bank at 8 am for carpooling. Call John Springer at 530/917-0567 for more information

John Reginato River Access Trail Bird Walk

Thursday, September 19, 8:00 am

Wintu Audubon local Weekday Bird Walk at John Reginato River Access Trail, Thursday, September 19th @ 8:00 am This trail leaves the parking lot of the South Bonnyview Boat Launch on the west side of the Sacramento River off South Bonnyview Road. Good views of the Sacramento River are afforded on this short trail as it traverses a mixed riparian woodland. We hope to see a variety of waterfowl and possibly migrating passerines. This ½-day walk is open to the public and all birding skill levels are welcome. Contact Larry Jordan 949-5266 for more info.

Treasure Hunting California’s Rare Plants Presentation

Downtown Shasta College

Thursday, September 19, 7 pm

Join the Shasta Chapter of California Native Plant Society for a presentation by state CNPS rare plant specialists Amy Patten and Aaron Sims entitled, Treasure Hunting: California’s Rare Plants. Amy manages the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt project, a citizen science effort that provides valuable data for the CNPS Rare Plant Program and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Aaron implements the CNPS Rare Plant Review Process in addition to maintaining and updating the CNPS Inventory. He also assists with rare plant conservation work and various other tasks pertaining to rare plant science, as time allows. Meet at 7 pm at the Shasta College Health Science & University Programs building in downtown Redding, 1400 Market Street, Community Room 8220 (clock tower building at the north end of the Market Street Promenade; enter on south side of building). Doors open at 6:45 pm for pre-meeting botany, books, and plant ID!

Doug Bennett Memorial Service

First United Methodist Church

Saturday, September 21, 2:30 pm

A Celebration of Life for Doug Bennett, longtime Redding community and Climate Change activist and KFOI Community Radio station manager, will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 pm, 1825 East Street.  Doug will be remembered by many for his progressive activism in Shasta County.

Biomass in California and Shasta County

Presented by Sierra Club and Shasta Environmental Alliance

Redding Library Community Room

Wednesday, September 25, 6pm

The Shasta Group of Sierra Club and Shasta Environmental Alliance will have Daniel Barad of the Sierra Club California give a presentation on biomass electricity generation in California and relate it to Shasta County. He will discuss the air quality and forest impacts of existing biomass facilities, some of the policies/subsidies propping them up and whether they are truly renewable. For more information contact David Ledger at dledger@sbcglobal.net or John Livingston at 356-8847.  This presentation will provide an informative presentation of the good and the bad of biomass electricity generation.

Biomass plants in California can burn agricultural waste such as nut shells, trees from old orchards, wood from dead and pruned urban trees and forest slash. Some of this can be used to produce electricity by burning excess woody products that might end up in land fills or pollute the air from open burn piles.

However, with California now providing subsidies to biomass electricity, logs that could be left on a forest floor to recycle carbon and nutrients into the soil through the food web will be more likely to be burnded. Burned trees that are left standing in the forest are important as habitat if left standing as snags and later return nutrients to the soil as they decompose. Now these trees are counted as renewable energy when burned to generate electricity. They are renewable after 50 to 100 years, however, our greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are so high that scientist state that earth does not have that much time to stop increased global warming from becoming catastrophic. Thus, they can produce a burst of CO2 that would naturally be released over several decades and much would be reincorporated into the natural carbon cycle as it circulates through the carbon cycle of food webs.

Wintu Audubon Bird Walk

Turtle Bay

Saturday, October 5, 9 am

Join Wintu Audubon Family/Beginner Bird Walk at Turtle Bay, Saturday, October 5th @ 9:00 am. They invite beginners of all ages to our introductory walks on the first Saturday of each month. The walks begin at 9am and meet in the parking lot near the Monolith structure at the end of the Sheraton Hotel. Binoculars and field guides will be available to loan. Call Terri Lhuillier, 515-3504, for more information. Terri is also President and Founder of Friends of Redding Eagles.

Carr Fire Restoration Work on Sacramento River Trail

Volunteer Event with Redding Community Services

Saturday, October 5, 8:30 am to noon

Redding Community Services is working with community members to initiate a native plant restoration project along the Sacramento River Trail. The event takes place October 5th from 8am to Noon at the Harlan Drive trailhead (3399 Harlan Drive). Participants will be provided tools and supplies needed to complete the project. Through this effort hundreds of trees will be planted and several acres of grassland will be restored. For more information or to sign up visit www.shastacreeks.com This is a great project, make sure you bring your own water in reusable containers, although there is a drinking fountain nearby.

Wintu Audubon Meeting – The Birds of Cambodia

One Safe Place, 2250 Benton Dr. (In Back)

Wednesday, October 9th @ 7pm

We all get to see our North American birds. Some of us slip down to South America, and few make it over to Europe or Africa. But rarely do we see the birds of Asia! Andrea Claassen, now working for the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District, will share the birds of Cambodia with us. Come join us for this view of the other side of the world. The public is invited.

Bird Walk at Clear Creek Wastewater Treatment Ponds

Saturday October 12th @ 8 am

Join Wintu Audubon for a visit to the ponds hoping to find migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and passerines. Assemble at the Treatment Plant’s locked gate at the end of Metz Road at 8:00 OR meet at Kutras Park at 7:30 am to carpool with your leader, Larry Jordan. This is a 1/2-day trip that may end in the early afternoon if the birding is good. Directions to the Clear Creek Plant: Take Hwy 273 and look for River Ranch Road after crossing Clear Creek. Cross over the Railroad tracks and turn left on Eastside Rd. Entrance is on Metz Road on the right.

Enterprise Anderson Groundwater Management Agency Meeting

First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, October 16 5:30 to 7:30.

Learn about the new Enterprise Anderson Groundwater Management Agency and provide your input. The EAGSA consulting team will share information on the planning process and current information on the status of groundwater in the Redding Area. After these presentations, participants will be asked to give their input on their interests and concerns with regards to the planning process and issues. The EAGSA will consider the public’s input when developing its groundwater plan. Representatives from the EAGSA will be available to speak with the public at the public meeting. from 5:30-7:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Redding at 1825 East St, Redding, CA 96001.

Redding Recycling Center Field Trip and Tour

Shasta Environmental Alliance

Wednesday October 16, 10 am

Shasta Environmental Alliance will be taking a tour of the City of Redding Recycling Center to learn firsthand issues now faced by recyclers nationwide with China no longer accepting contaminated recycled products from the United States. We will watch the recycling plant while the sorting process is going on and all of the contaminated products people put in their recycling bins. A city employee will explain the process and how Redding is still able to sell its recycled products. This will be about a 90 minute tour and talk. Following the tour, we will have lunch at a local restaurant after the tour for those wishing to attend. Meet at the City of Redding Waste Management Division at 2255 Abernathy Road, Redding off of Old Oregon Trail. If going, please contact David Ledger so we can give a count to the city. For more information, email or phone David Ledger at dledger@sbcglobal.net or 530-355-8542.

CNPS Fall Native Plant Sale

Shasta College Farm

Saturday, October 19, 9 am

37th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale for the Shasta Chapter of California Native Plant Society. This sale, open to the general public, will be from 9 am to 3 pm at the Shasta College farm and greenhouses, located at the northeast end of the Shasta College campus, near the livestock barns. Gates open at 9 am. Please contact us at ShastaCNPSPropagation@gmail.com or call or text Margaret Widdowson (916/752- 0941) or Susan Libonati-Barnes (530/515-9247) for more information or to volunteer on the day of the sale. Proceeds from this annual plant sale helps provide scholarships for local area students.

CNPS East Weaver Creek Field Trip

Shasta Trinity National Forest, Weaverville

Saturday, October 26

Join the Shasta Chapter of California Native Plant Society on East Weaver Creek, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Weaverville. We will enjoy fall colors on this 4-mile roundtrip walk along East Weaver Creek. Dogwood, big-leaf maple, and California hazelnut will provide some of the color. We should also see various fruits of the season in this Douglas-fir–ponderosa pine– incense-cedar forest. Dogs welcome on this walk! Bring water and a snack; we’ll finish before lunch. Meet at Redding’s Placer Street Holiday Market parking lot near CVS at 8 am for carpooling, or at Holiday Market in Weaverville at 9 am. Call John Springer at 530/917-0567 for more information

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