Slack Management of Wilderness Grazing gets Scrutiny from Tribes and Environmentalists

Tonya Lindsey, an environmental assistant from the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation, takes water samples from lower Shackleford Creek as part of the Tribe’s ongoing study of the effects of cattle grazing allotments in the headwaters. A sweat lodge shell is in the background. /Photo courtesy of Quartz Valley Indian Reservation.There was a question of what might be the source, possibly recreational hikers in the wilderness, but the University of Montana conducted a statistical analysis with the first seven years of the Quartz Valley Tribe’s survey to determine where the highest concentrations might be coming from. It is available online at http://goo.gl/3ZzZpv. Read More →

Meeting of the Fire Minds

Learning to burn. The public met in SawyerDuring the summer, one of the driest on record, 220,000 acres were afire in the Klamath Forest and, at the peak, 6,800 firefighters were deployed. It all cost approximately $175 million. The Two Rivers Tribune attended the Salmon River AAR session. The area near the community of Sawyers Bar burned in the White’s Fire and there were a few days when the town itself was threatened. Read More →

Trespass Marijuana Plantations Wreak Havoc in Trinity Alps Wilderness

Army, National Guard and other law enforcement officers prepare to load the helicopter with irrigation line, garbage and a few remnant marijuana plants./Photos by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneThe sites encompass habitat of the federally endangered coho salmon, federally threatened northern spotted owl and the Pacific fisher, which was recently proposed for listing as federally threatened. Scientific data conclusively proves how pollution from illegal marijuana cultivation has further degraded habitat quality for each species and how bioaccumulating rodenticides, common to illegal cultivation sites, continue to negatively affect the northern spotted owl and Pacific fisher. Read More →

Hoopa Man Named Deputy Forest Supervisor

Eureka, CA, May 19, 2011 – Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley announces that Merv George has been named Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor, filling in behind Nancy Gibson who is now the Forest Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Merv will report to the Forest on June 6, 2011. "Merv brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Forest," said Kelley Read More →

New Fire Chief Announced for Six Rivers National Forest

Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley announced that Michael Minton is the new Six Rivers National Forest Fire Chief. Minton replaces Kent Swartzlander who is retiring from his position at the end of the year. Read More →

Permits Now Available for Matsutake Mushrooms

Tyrone Kelley, Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor, reminds the public that permits are required to harvest Matsutake (tanoak) mushrooms on National Forest System lands. Read More →

Trashed

1638MarijunaCleanUpBundlesOn Wednesday, crews from the Lower Trinity Ranger District removed over 10 cubic yards of debris from six abandoned marijuana grow sites near Willow Creek. Trash included hoses, propane tanks, and insecticides which according to experts can cause public safety and environmental hazards. According to a press release from the Six Rivers National Forest, herbicides, […] Read More →

Humboldt Resource Advisory Meeting Scheduled

The Humboldt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Eureka, Calif., on June 9, 2010, from 6 to 8:30 pm. The RAC provides advice and recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools Act and Community Self-Determination Act, Public Law 110-343. Each RAC consists of 15 people representing varied interests and areas of expertise, who work collaboratively to improve working relationships among community members and national forest personnel Read More →