GEOS Institute / Trout Unlimited to discuss wildfire’s environmental “benefits”

river-fireThursday, September 24 from 7:00pm-8:30pm
“The Science of Wildfire, The Science of Trout”

Venue: ScienceWorks Museum, 1500 E Main St in Ashland, OR

Dominick DellaSala will give a presentation on his new book about wildfire, “Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix” and Dr. Jack Williams, the Senior Scientist for Trout Unlimited, will present about trout. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by KS Wild, The Geos Institute, Trout Unlimited, and the Siskiyou Chapter of Native Plant Society of Oregon.


 

wildfire-salvageThursday, October 15 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
“Nature’s Phoenix: The Science of Wildfire”

Venue: Howie’s on Front, 16 N Front St, Medford OR

Dominick DellaSala (Published opinions: “Oregon forests were born to burn” / “California forests were born to burn“) will give a presentation on his new book about wildfire, “Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix” at the Science Works’ Taphouse Talk located at Howie’s on Front (16 N. Front) in Medford from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The event is free to the public. (7/20/2015 interview)

Sponsored by ScienceWorks, The Geos Institute, and KS Wild.


Fall Hikes (fyi)

Join KS Wild for a short, family friendly stroll to see salmon spawning, for an all-day excursion to the Takelma Gorge, or explore the wild Kalmiopsis Rim Trail. Space is limited, sign up today.

Friday, September 25: Takelma Gorge Hike
Check out gorgeous fall colors and a steep river canyon along the upper Rogue River. Carpool meets at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 9am.

Sunday, October 11: Kalmiopsis Rim Trail
Enjoy vistas of the Chetco watershed and landscapes recovering from the Biscuit Fire.  The trail begins at the Onion Camp trailhead.  This is a moderate hike and family friendly. Meet at Coffee Heaven in Cave Junction at 9am.

October 17, 18 & 21: Bear Creek Salmon Hike 
Explore Bear Creek to see spawning Chinook salmon from 1-3pm. Hike meets in the Lynn-Newbry parking lot in Talent.

Saturday, October 24: Illinois River Salmon Hike
See Chinook salmon spawning in the Illinois River from 1-3pm. Hike meets at Illinois Forks State Park near Cave Junction.

Sunday, October 25: Bear Creek Salmon Hike
Explore Bear Creek to see spawning Chinook salmon from 1-3pm. Hike meets in the Lynn-Newbry parking lot in Talent.

Saturday, October 31: Applegate River Salmon Hike
See Chinook in the Applegate River from 1-3pm. Hike meets at the north entrance of Fish Hatchery Park near Grants Pass.

Sunday, November 1: Illinois River Salmon Hike
See Chinook salmon spawning in the Illinois River from 1-3pm. Hike meets at Illinois Forks State Park near Cave Junction.

Saturday, November 14: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail Hike
Enjoy stunning views along this Little Applegate River trail system. Carpool meets at the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 9am.

For all hikes, bring plenty of water, comfortable walking shoes, warm layers, and a lunch. Call Morgan at (541) 488-5789 or visit www.kswild.org/hikes for more information, directions, and to sign up for a hike.

Morgan Lindsay
Outreach Director

Draft County Resolution re: Fire Restrictions

Draft Resolution
DECLARING EMERGENCY FIRE RESTRICTIONS WITHIN
EXTERIOR BOUNDARIES OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, OREGON

WHEREAS, Douglas County is dependent upon the use of our natural resources, whether those uses are consumptive or non-consumptive, including those resources on federally managed lands; and

WHEREAS, Douglas County has an inherent and legal right to protect the health, safety, welfare, and prosperity of all peoples within Douglas County; and

WHEREAS, all lands within the exterior boundaries of Douglas County, including those on federally managed lands, are all necessary and essential for the productive and economic well-being of all peoples in Douglas County; and

WHEREAS, Douglas County has coordinated with multiple agencies, experts and has used science based analysis of upcoming fire threats, fire season hazards, including those on federally managed lands; and

WHEREAS, the people, lands, infrastructure and economic activities within the exterior boundaries of Douglas County are under imminent threat from wildfire to the threat and detriment of the people’s health, safety, welfare and economic well-being;

NOW THEREFORE, hereby be it resolved that the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County establish the ___ of _____, 2015 to be the beginning date of emergency fire restrictions on all unincorporated lands within the exterior boundaries of Douglas County, including federally managed lands; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, in accordance with Ordinance No. _____, the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County is exerting its authority to declare fire zones in unincorporated areas of Douglas County; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County are establishing restrictions on certain outdoor fires; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County will lift fire restrictions of this resolution, by subsequent resolution, at a time and date as determined by coordinated efforts of the Board of Commissioners of Douglas County, other land-management agencies, and science-based analysis of fire threats, wildfire risks, and fire season data; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution is exclusive of any areas under the jurisdiction of federally recognized Indian Tribes.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED on this __ day of ____ in the year of our Lord, 2015.

(Document: Resolution DECLARING EMERGENCY FIRE RESTRICTIONS)

Water heist during California drought?

Open letter re: California passing-through water during drought

I believe it is important for conservatives to stay consistent with the facts, and not help the left by muddling the facts with the left’s phony ‘drought’ narrative. As I’ve stated, there is plenty of water in CA, and the ‘drought’ is a man-made issue created for purely political purposes.

The problem is not Nestle’ or any other for-profit businesses using CA water; it’s the politicians secretly increasing the pass-through mandates for surface water, now requiring that up to 90% pass directly through to the ocean without being used for human purposes.

This is why Lake Shasta and other reservoirs APPEAR to be so depleted – it is not the lack of inflows, but the mandate to open the dam floodgates during low-rain periods and let that surface water ‘pass through’ to the ocean; in other words, eliminating the entire purpose and function of dams and reservoirs (which our tax dollars PAID FOR with the intelligent purpose of avoiding such problems associated with low rain years).

dry-docksLake Shasta

whiskeytownWhiskeytown Lake

Two pictures above tell the story.  Lake Shasta is under the state-mandated pass-through, and Whiskeytown Lake, 6 miles to the west of Lake Shasta, is at maximum capacity. Why? Because the private water co-op that owns Whiskeytown Lake and operates the dam is refusing a state order to open its floodgates. Whiskeytown is following the same summer-season, low-rain protocols it has utilized for 30 years, with plenty of water for the Cache Creek wildlife below the dam as well as for human consumption and agriculture irrigation.

Besides putting a strain on the the remaining 10% of surface flows, the higher pass-through mandates also put a strain on ground water, including wells and springs, in the sense that less surface-flow use drives demand to other available sources of water.

The treachery of the left is revealed in their iron-fisted objective: you can meter, tax – and withhold – ground water, but you can’t meter, tax, or withhold rain, snow melt, rivers, lakes, or streams…so by increasing the untaxable pass-through water flows, you propel the ‘drought’ crisis, justify seizing control of taxable flows, as well as simultaneously increasing demand for taxable flows. This is why Nestle–and all private bottle water companies–are being vilified and should be, in the Liberals’ collective opinion, “made to pay.”

Bear in mind that the Earth’s 1,800 mile-deep mantle holds 3 TIMES MORE FRESH, CLEAN WATER than all of the Earth’s oceans. Although in vapor form, when it converts to liquid, that water is the PRIMARY source of underground and spring water, NOT surface water, snow melt, or rain. That mantle-based, sub-surface water is water that has never been on the earth’s surface, and therefore has never been a part of the surface/air water cycle and, thus, NEVER a part of the “environment.”

Again, the arrogant, immoral character of the left is obsessed with seizing, controlling, and using naturally-occurring, God-given water for the purposes of political power and self-enrichment; water that they did NOT pay for and own; they intrinsically have NO MORE RIGHT TO WATER THAN YOU OR I. I believe these points should be included in the ‘California drought’ narrative.

Marc

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