April 2011


Matt and Rod from Podcast Stockton chat about the Stockton Steelhead Festival:

Click here to listen to the podcast!

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Read about Stockton Steelhead Festival on Defenders of Wildlife Blog:

http://wwstew.defendersblog.org/2011/04/celebrate-elhead-central-valley-style/

Mayor Ann Johnston will make the Stockton Steelhead Festival Proclamation at tomorrow’s  City Council Meeting. Join us:

When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Time: 5:30 – 6:00 PM

Where: City Council Chambers at City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado Street, 2nd floor

Here is a link to the City’s agenda for tomorrow: http://stockton.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=63&event_id=357

Sigh… more of the same. – Jeremy

SAN ANDREAS – Three members of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors last week violated California’s open-meeting law by getting together behind closed doors with federal officials at Rep. Dan Lungren’s office in Gold River.

Supervisors Gary Tofanelli, Merita Callaway and Darren Spellman admit the meeting happened but could not bring themselves to say they did anything wrong after the incident became public Tuesday.

And here’s why they met:
 

Tofanelli initially asked for the meeting to get Lungren’s help in resolving conflicts between FEMA and the Corps over how flood plains are mapped in Calaveras County, including along flood-prone Cosgrove Creek in Valley Springs.

The moniker “environmentalist” is outdated today — a partisan word best relegated to the annals of 20th century American history.

Concern about the quality of the air we breathe, the quality and quantity of the water we need, and the clean-up and protection of wildlife and the environment are mainstream issues of discussion and decision. They’re no longer simply the cause celebre of “liberals” and “tree huggers.”

Reality in the 21st century is that Earth’s resources are finite. Pollution and overuse, population growth and escalating demands for limited supplies, a changing climate, and much more threaten many of the planet’s resources. The problem is global. We no longer have the luxury of labeling a person or an organization that urges conservation and/or clean-up of natural resources as “environmentalist.” Awareness of the issues and conservation have become necessities.

Click here to read more at Alternet.org

This is a piece published  in 2010, but I thought the concept of “re-wilding”  would make for some fun reading! – Jeremy
 

Biologists and conservationists aim to restore habitat while brokering a peace between people and predators.

Over the years, coyotes ate many of Michael Soulé’s cats. For most people, this might have been the end of the story, a nasty reminder of nature’s darker proclivities. But Michael Soulé is not most people.

Soulé is a biologist. At the time, he was a professor at the University of California at San Diego, living in the chaparral canyons outside the city. He had grown up in the canyons, poking around in the leaf litter, catching lizards. When the boy became a biologist, he recognized that the chaparral was a unique ecosystem, with its own suite of interdependent plants and animals, the coastal sage scrub home to fox and bobcats, wrentits and spotted towhees, cactus mouse and California quail. But to real estate developers, the canyons were empty wasteland, waiting to be turned into homes.

Click here to read more at Scientificamerican.com

It’s gold vs. golden trout.

And gold vs. coho salmon. And gold vs. Shasta crayfish.

The California Department of Fish and Game is wrestling – under court order – with a new set of rules to control suction dredge mining in the state’s rivers and streams.

Officials must take into account the health of aquatic species and aim to approve new rules by November.
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/24/3574459/california-fish-and-game-struggles.html#ixzz1KST1d0lW

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