Natural Resources and Science
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According to a press release from Representative Mike Thomspson's Office, dated Jan. 24, 2012:
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) today released the following statement on the Interior Department’s Draft Overview Report on Klamath Dam Removal Studies. Thompson is the sponsor of the H.R. 3398, the Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act. “The synthesis of studies released today scientifically confirms that the agreements in place represent the best way forward for the Klamath River Basin and its communities,” said Thompson. “Years of scientific and technical studies have concluded that the dam removals will not only benefit our river basin by restoring fish and wildlife habitats, it will strengthen our economy by creating thousands of jobs. The time for Congress to act is now.”
The comprehensive draft report, entitled Klamath Dam Removal Overview Report for the Secretary of the Interior: an Assessment of Science and Technical Information (Overview Report), and each individual study conducted on the environmental and economic impacts of the potential dam removal, is available at: www.KlamathRestoration.gov
Some key findings of the report include:
Local wine tasting events took place this year on both Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 2011, from 1 to 5 p.m. The tasings were open to the public and were held at Briceland Vineyards and the Whitethorn Winery. These tastings traditionally take place during the Spring and Fall seasons on Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekends. The owner/winemakers from Elk Prairie Vineyard, were also pouring their wines at the Whitethorn Winery location. The Whitethorn Winery tasting this year was dedicated to the Mattole Coho and a portion of the proceeds from the the Whitethorn and Elk Prairie tastings will be donated to the Mattole Coho Recovery Project (Baker Creek Pilot Project-see below for more information).
Contact information for the Wineries are listed below:
- Briceland Vineyards- Founders Maggie Carey and Joe Collins; www.bricelandvineyards.com/5959 Briceland Road, Redway, CA 95560; Telephone: 707-923-2429 ; Apprentice winemaker is Andrew Morris
- Whitethorn Winery- Owner/Winemaker, Tasha McKee; 545 Shelter Cove Rd., Whitethorn, CA 95589; Telephone: 707 986-1642
Community Journalist, Bob Froehlich, attended both tastings on Friday and the story aired on KMUD News on Mon., Nov. 28 - that segment can be heard or downloaded using the audio player below:
Workshop on Mattole Headwaters Habitat Recovery for Coho - Baker Creek Pilot Project (Joint project between BLM Arcata Field Office and Sanctuary Forest)- Presented byTasha McKee On Friday Nov. 18 at the Beginnings in Briceland when the Mattole Restoration Council (MRC) held its Annual Meeting of the Membership.
Bonus Feature: Raw Audio of Interview done by Bob Froehlich at the Whitethorn Winery Friday Nov. 25, 2011 with Michael Pollock: - Northwest Fisheries Science Center/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-consultant on Baker Creek Pilot Project.
Photo/Left, taken Early on Friday at the Briceland Wine Tasting - Joe Collins Pouring - and Photo/Right shows the H'ordeuvres Table at Briceland Winery, hosted by Rae and Jim Shiraishi
Photo/Left Shows Dennis Huber (foreground) assisting in the Wine Auction at Whitethorn Winery and Photo/Right shows a display at the Whitethorn Wine Tasting, giving information about the Baker Creek Pilot Project
According to information received by KMUD News:
Governor Jerry Brown today signed major fisheries legislation by State Senator Noreen Evans (D- Santa Rosa) that will help ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of California’s Dungeness crab fishery. “It has been a long road getting here, but with the cooperation and close involvement of our fishermen they now have the rules they wanted to protect the future of both our fishermen and the Dungeness crab fishery,” said Senator Evans.\
- Extends the current crab trap vessel permit program, which was due to expire in January 2012 to January 2020. Without this extension, the Dungeness crab industry would be largely unregulated and wide open to anyone wanting to take crab for commercial purposes.
- Reestablishes the Dungeness Crab Task Force to review current programs and issues in the industry and make recommendations to the Legislature and the Fish and Game Commission.