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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 for more information, directions, and to sign up for a hike.

Morgan Lindsay
Outreach Director

Draft County Resolution re: Fire Restrictions

Draft Resolution

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.


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.



Rick Dyer’s response re: email prompting public correction


From: Kevin G., Jackson County Observer
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:46 AM
To: ‘Rick Dyer’ <>;
‘Melissa Cano’ <>
Cc: ‘Colleen Roberts’ <>;
Doug Breidenthal ( <>
Subject: Public outraged by Commissioner Dyer’s Fielder Dam misstatement

Dear Commissioner Dyer and Melissa @ KDRV:

The natives are restless over the report on KDRV’s Newswatch 12 (8/25/2015), stating that “…the property owner initiated a process to remove the [Fielder] dam” (emphasis added); no greater false hearsay could’ve ever been aired. For the record, Rick, it was clearly stated by Waterwatch attorney Bob Hunter in May of 2013 that a lawsuit to financially threaten property owners was needed to compel their ‘compliance’ of this property takings.

We pay a king’s ransom for your commissioner’s salary, Rick, so we’ve expected your legal background to be applied to protecting public health and safety in Jackson County. By not communicating with property owners in the matter of demolishing Fielder Dam of whom you spoke, KDRV’s report of your hearsay was in direct conflict with the real parties in interest.

Debbie Crume (Rod’s wife): The property owners did NOT initiate the removal of this Dam. Rick Dyer needs to get the facts straight; he should stop trying to cover for the likes of Donald Rubinstein, Brian Barr, Scott Wright and Bob Hunter. It was Bob Hunter of Waterwatch who initiated the dam removal. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon DEQ, U.S. EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, and Jackson County government need to be held responsible for this environmental disaster.

The property owners were sued by Bob Hunter of Waterwatch and did not want the dam removed, Rick Dyer needs to get his head out of the sand along with a lot of other people ‘reporting the news.’ All agencies that signed onto this forceful action were warned of this disaster. Melissa Cano thank you for your excellent reporting, but please go out there and take some more pictures of the dry creek bed and carnage before the coming fall salmon run. Salmon are going to have to grow legs and walk the dry creek bed for hundreds of yards. All the people who want to remove all the dams and reservoirs need to start with their own reservoirs such as toilets, bath tubs, sinks. By removing this dam and so-called ‘illegal reservoirs’ according to Bob Hunter, the elk, deer, otters, beavers, ducks. geese. eagles, herons that called our reservoirs their home are gone: NO WATER! NO WILDLIFE!

Todd Crume (Rod’s son): Pictures are not even a glimpse of the carnage caused by Waterwatch – Bob Hunter and friends. I enjoyed this stretch of water for 37 years of my life. Evans Creek once teamed with life; it now wreaks of death. The Beavers, Otters, Endangered Turtles, Blue Herons, and Eagles who nested here at the Dam have lost their home! Hundreds of thousands of fish, crawdads, and frogs have lost their lives.

I’m a lover of nature and a conservationist. This slack water environment was exactly the habitat needed for the juvenile fish to grow…and they took it out. Why? Pure greed…. I’ve heard Bob Hunter was the one who made money on this very same dam for repair work back in the early eighties. There were so many reasons to leave this majestic dam:

1. Flood Control. (Let’s see now what happens to the flood levels downstream from the old Dam, when all the sediment washes down making a new raised floor, gee don’t ya think with faster water and a narrower channel water levels will be higher.
2. Habitat. Over the years I was blessed to live near this great place. Loving the outdoors, I witnessed Deer, Elk, Bear, Cougar and Coyotes and many other small and countless creatures incl. waterfowl dwelt here and used this area as their waterhole. There’s not even going to be enough water flow. Go look for yourself. You can see the water upstream about 3/4 of a mile away, disappear into the gravel and re-emerge halfway up in elevation from where the old dam face was.
3. Water Health. Lower static water levels with no dam means less well water for those who live nearby. More importantly there is the old War Eagle Mine, which was a mercury mine and also contained arsenic. Where do you think these concentrations from upstream ended up getting caught, behind the dam.

Wow, no more Dam…Hunter and friends just released all of these toxins into the drinking water of Rogue River and most of Josephine County. Goooood Job!! We can’t forget validation…One dam removal means “We must have done something right, so how many more can we take out?! How much more money can we make?” Don’t be an agreeable sheep; do your own due diligence and research.

There are many more reasons why the Dam should have been preserved; The History, The Expense, The Beauty and the simple fact that they could have put a half fish ladder at the very bottom of the fish ladder chain and this would have brought the Dam up to code…but hey, there was no money to be made that way. It is about all these 501c3 special interest groups and certain corrupt agencies that aid and abet, all holding hands while their pockets are being padded.

These Home Wreckers need to be held accountable. They are _not_ out for your best environmental interest. I wrote this because I care deeply about more than just the fish or the flood plain specifically at the dam. This decision affects and encompasses a multitude of cares and worries for us all; some just can’t understand it. One chain of events leads to another, so what will our ecological future hold? Time will tell. Lord help us.

So what would you do, Commissioner Dyer? Could you afford a defense against a $50 million Agenda 21 behemoth? Perhaps so, or perhaps you’d roll over and initiate the process for them to remove your dam? The greedy collusion between neoEnviro liars in Jackson County – sharing a modus operandi of destroying ‘pristine’ waterways in the name of “restoring fish passage” – has never been more evident.

In case you missed it, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Exec. Sec. Donald Rubenstein has been and is “serving at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners” as Administrative Hearings Officer, ordering private property owners to make way for environmental destruction or personally own all future liability of same. With your law degree, Rick, isn’t that a bribe? A tort claim? Might such legal posturing be enviro-racketeering?

Please take decisive action to break up the destructive offensive before Jackson County residents’ collective health deteriorates any further, Commissioner Dyer, and at minimum, the courtesy of a public response to retract your public misstatement about who initiated the process of removal will be appreciated

Thanks in advance.

Kevin G….
Jackson County

P.S. You’re both encouraged to get your feet out to the Fielder Dam site to examine the carnage for yourselves, then come back and report the truth, the whole truth! No more hearsay to cover up what’s really happening.

From: Rick Dyer []
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 11:12 AM
Subject: RE: Public outraged by Commissioner Dyer’s Fielder Dam misstatement

Hello Kevin,

To clarify the statements made in the KDRV interview…when I said the process was ‘initiated” by the property owners, I was referring to the application for a flood plain permit submitted to the county.  This was in response to the question of what the county’s role in the process was.  I did not intend to be construed as implying they wanted to have the dam removed, which I know they did not, or were the original instigators of the entire process.  I was only trying to convey that in that process the permit had to be applied for by the property owner or by someone acting on their behalf.  I understand the Keetons only entered the process because they felt compelled to by the Water Watch lawsuit.  I realize using the word “initiated” was not the best choice in that context.  I have corresponded with Mr. Keeton and apologized for the use of that term that caused their position to be misconstrued.

Rick Dyer
Jackson County Commissioner

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 3:06 PM
To: ‘Rick Dyer’ <>
Subject: RE: Public outraged by Commissioner Dyer’s Fielder Dam misstatement

Dear Commissioner Dyer:

Thanks for your response. Perhaps the mere fact that the Keetons were coerced into the dam removal process might’ve been enough for you, as the people’s elected representative, to delve into learning more about the coercion to prevent property owners from being ‘forced’ into surrendering their property values?

Even on a selfish level, county government officials should be extremely concerned with the value reductions of properties in Jackson County, esp. those that are located near or upstream from dams (i.e. shallow wells going dry).

I believe you were elected to stand up for the people, so you might want to get out of the office and engage with constituents in need of representation a little more to eventually meet that ongoing expectation sooner.

Kevin G/Jackson County Observer

Protect Your Groundwater Day (08 Sep 2015)

California: Waterbasin-Boundary Revision’s Emergency Regulations (Comments due by 9/4/2015)

  • California’s Groundwater Update 2013: A Compilation of Enhanced Content for California Water Plan Update (4/24/2015) – 77:35 in duration
    • Waterbasin-Boundary Revision’s Emergency Regulations (5/1/2015) w/ choppy audio – 95:25 in duration… 

      The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) established a process for local agencies to request that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) revise the boundaries of a groundwater basin, including the establishment of a new subbasin. California’s groundwater basins and subbasins are defined in the DWR’s Bulletin 118-Update 2003 – the definitions for each is as follows:

      * A groundwater basin is defined as a three-dimensional alluvial aquifer, or a stacked series of alluvial aquifers, with reasonably well-defined boundaries in a lateral direction and a definable bottom.
      * A groundwater subbasin is created by dividing a groundwater basin into smaller units using geologic and hydrologic barriers, or institutional boundaries.

      DWR is soliciting feedback on the draft emergency regulations. Please submit comments by email to DWR at or send a hardcopy via postal mail to the following address, postmarked by September 4, 2015:

      California Department of Water Resources
      Attn: Sustainable Groundwater Management Section
      P.O. Box 942836
      Sacramento, CA 94236