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Liz Writes Life 7-11-17

Liz Writes Life

July 11, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Garden

Surprise! Surprise! Quite a few of the flathead cabbages did germinate and are surviving this heat wave. Some are a half-inch tall. I don’t want to transplant them in this heat. So I checked Mt. Shasta accu weather forecast and it said July 21st (of this year!) it should cool down to high 80s or maybe a few low 90-days for several weeks. Can hardly wait! These nights are just too warm and don’t cool down the house. So hopefully, the cabbages will not grow their roots into too much of a tangle.

Knowing that I shouldn’t transplant the rhubarb in this heat, I decided to do it anyway last week. This is the one I cut-off from the mother plant back in April. I had planted it too close to the mother plant and it needed more space. Using the shovel to dig around it, I took it out of the ground with a big shovelful of wet soil. It was a six-inch wad of roots. For several days, I soaked it morning and night and although it was really sad at first, it is looking better and should survive. It was only about eight-inches high with three or four stalks. But, lots of water saved the day.

I pulled and used the bok choy, old spinach and weeds – where the carrots and beets didn’t grow — for mulch on the green beans, sunflowers, zucchini and cantaloupe. Most of you likely already have zucchini, but ours should produce this week.

I thinned the second crop of corn that is 10-inches tall and used Miracle Gro on it and nearly everything in the garden last week, except the older onions. They seem to be making nice bulbs, so I figure they are doing OK.

The tall Shasta daisies are in full bloom along with bright magenta lambs ears, orange day lilies, red bee balm, pale pink anemones and a fever few. But, the gorgeous blooms on both rose bushes are curling up at the ends of the petals and withering. It may be the heat or could be the fact that I actually gave them a good shot of fertilizer two weeks ago. Oops.

More POW

Richard Marshall, President of the Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc., spoke at the Scott Valley Protect Our Water meeting on June 29. He said the group has filed a Freedom of Information Act on the CA. Dept. of Natural Resources regarding the use of Liane Randolph, who is a member of the CA. Public Utilities Commission, because of her apparent bias towards removal of the four hydro-electric Klamath dams. Randolph has been appointed as the oversight person on the Klamath dams on the CPUC. Members of CPUC are expected to be unbiased.

Water Users also filed a response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in opposition to PacifiCorp and the new non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp. Apparently, KRRC has requested FERC approve the transfer of dam ownership from PacifiCorp to the KRRC with the not-so-secret goal of destroying the dams.

This makes one wonder what the purchase price is? And where the funds are coming from? Congress did not approve dam removal or the funding of dam removal under the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which greatly irritated the pro-dam removal people, Tribes and agencies.

Another opposition by the Water Users is to the federal Dept. of Interior’s environmental reports, which were written in 2012 under the Klamath Hydro-Electric Settlement Agreement and the now defunct Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The state of California wants to adopt this deficient document to be used as a response for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Water Users allege the environmental reports are not adequate referring to the economic analysis section that was not done regarding environmental damages and impacts that will occur below Iron Gate Dam if the dams are demolished. Richard said these issues were not addressed in the 2012 DOI report.

The controversial TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load of possible pollutants in California rivers raised its ugly head recently as a meeting was held in Siskiyou County by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board staff. Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor for Dist. 5., said that every 10 years the agency must analyze the rules and or make new rules. This is the review year for both Shasta and Scott Rivers. Interestingly enough, the state agency has acknowledged there has been improvement in the state-claimed impairments of sediment and water temperature in the Scott River. Shasta River is not so lucky, but I am not sure what the situation is. I will look into it.

Ray said the county will hire another code enforcement officer specifically to address property that is being abused, affecting neighbors’ as a health and safety hazard and or creating a public nuisance.

The state put a monkey-wrench in the ordinance the county was writing regarding cannabis as the state recently changed its regulations stating there is no difference between recreational or medicinal use of cannabis. So the county had to go back and rewrite its ordinance.

Today at 2:10 p.m. the county supervisors will discuss and provide direction regarding the local cannabis regulation and potential for a Commercial Medical Cannabis Cultivation pilot program. That meeting is at the county courthouse, second floor, in the supervisors’ board room.

Ray did mention that in the latter-half of June, 17 search warrants were issued on illegal pot grows and the sheriff’s dept. led the raid that found 16 gallons of honey oil, which is processed marijuana bud made into a concentrated syrup. State law enforcement was brought in, because the honey oil lab was the largest ever busted in the state. Yep, a lot of pot is being grown illegally in the county.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Zinke To Visit Oregon For Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Review

Dept. of INTERIOR, Federal gov & land grabs, Zinke - DOI Sec 2017

by OPB Staff OPB

| July 14, 2017 12:14 p.m. | Updated: July 14, 2017 2:29 p.m.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be in Oregon to review the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument this weekend.

RELATED COVERAGE

Oregon AG Threatens Legal Action To Protect Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Interior Department confirmed the visit Friday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to meet with Zinke during his visit Sunday.

Zinke’s review is in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order to review the status and size of national monuments across the country.

President Obama invoked the Antiquities Act to expand the monument in southern Oregon by nearly 50,000 acres during his final days in office.

Earlier this week, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced her intent to sue the Trump administration should Zinke suggest the monument be reduced in size.

http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-national-monument-cascade-siskiyou-zinke-visit/

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News from Klamath Basin Crisis.org

Klamath Basin Crisis.org

KBC News

Klamath Falls News: Interior Secretary Zinke to meet with local officials Saturday, (regarding Obama’s monument expansion, OC&E land act, and water negotiations,) H&N 7/14/17

Ranchers fume as ‘Rainbow Family’ set to camp on federal land in Oregon, ParticleNews.com, posted to KBC 7/14/17. “He said the “takeover of federal ground” is no different than the Bundy group’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters….”

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/14/17, Bills: Cap and Trade, Commodities, Labor ( requires employers to demand search warrants or subpoenas for ICE enforcement and to notify the Labor Commissioner and employees and their representatives about ICE enforcement and its results), Natural Resources ( would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent), ( would make several changes to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) ), Transportation, Water (more requirements and demands).

www.klamathbasincrisis.org

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Wolves

Comment from John Menke Ph.D. — Look at those numbers in Minnesota!

Western Livestock Journal

wlj, 07-17-2017 » Page 1

CA verifies second wolf pack

— Three pups photographed

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of a second pack of gray wolves in Northern California. In early May, partner biologists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) found evidence of recent wolf presence in the Lassen National Forest. CDFW biologists began surveying the area and planning a capture operation to collar one of the animals. On June 30, after 12 days of trapping attempts, a 75-pound adult female gray wolf was captured in Lassen County.

The wolf was examined, fitted with a tracking collar and released. During the exam wildlife biologists collected genetic and biological samples. “The anesthesia and collaring process went smoothly and the wolf was in excellent condition,” said CDFW’s Senior Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Deana Clifford. “Furthermore, our physical examination indicated that she had given birth to pups this spring.”

The following day, July 1, CDFW biologists returned to the field for a routine follow-up check on the female. They encountered tracks of what appeared to be wolf pups, and then found that a nearby trail camera operated by USFS had captured photos of the female with three pups.

CDFW said in a news release that during summer and fall 2016, remote trail cameras captured images of two wolves traveling together in Lassen County. There was no evidence they had pro duced pups at that time. While the female’s origins remain unknown, genetic samples obtained from scat indicated the male wolf originated from Oregon’s Rogue Pack. The famous wolf OR7 is the Rogue Pack’s breeding male.

These wolves, named the Lassen Pack by the USFS employee who first detected their location, are the second pack of gray wolves known in California since their disappearance from the area in the 1920s, according to CDFW. The first confirmed breeding pair in California produced five pups in eastern Siskiyou County in 2015, and are known as the Shasta Pack. The current status of the Shasta Pack is unknown, although one of the 2015 pups was detected in northwestern Nevada in November 2016, CDFW said.

The Lassen female is the first wolf residing in California to be radio-collared; though wolves radio-collared by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have previously ventured into California, such as OR-7 and OR-25; those wolves have ultimately returned to Oregon.

The tracking collar will collect data relative to her activity patterns, survival, reproduction and prey preferences. The Lassen Pack regularly traverses both public and private lands, including industrial timberlands, and the collar may also help to minimize wolflivestock conflicts by providing information about the pack’s location relative to livestock and ranch lands. While most of the pack’s known activity to date has been in western Lassen County, some tracks have also been confirmed in Plumas County, CDFW said in its release.

WLJ reached out to CDFW to ask how information about wolf activity will be relayed to livestock producers, but as of press time had not received a response.

Kirk Wilbur, director of government affairs at the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), told WLJ that CDFW reached out to CCA before publicizing the collaring and discovery of the three wolf pups for which he is appreciative. As for notification of livestock producers regarding wolf activity, Wilbur said that he doesn’t yet have those specific details as most of his discussions with CDFW have been mostly “big picture.” He added that it appears producer notification will be somewhat “generalized” so as to not disclose wolves’ precise location.

Asked if the notifications are good enough to alert ranchers, Wilbur said that is yet to be seen. He explained, “There will still be a superhuman burden on ranchers to protect their livestock without violating CESA [California Endangered Species Act]—remember that even scaring away a wolf on ATV is an illegal pursuit, or a “take” under CESA—but if the generalized information that the department provides ranchers avoids livestock depredations, then it’s definitely better than the alternative.”

Wilbur went on to explain that even with notifications of wolf presence it is not “real-time” reporting because GPS collars aren’t “real time.” Instead data is uploaded at specified intervals. The time period for producer notification is unknown, leaving a level of uncertainty in ranchers’ efforts to protect their livestock, according to Wilbur.

Effectively managing wolves and protecting livestock is a priority for CCA members who passed a policy resolution in 2015 saying, “Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Cattlemen’s Association support the collaring of as many wolves as possible with GPS tracking collars and a policy that real-time locations be made available to livestock producers when a wolf is in their area.”

DOI funding

In related news on the federal level, on July 11, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies introduced a funding bill (http:// tinyurl.com/Fund-DOI) that cuts funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and, among other things, calls for reissuance of a 2011 rule listing the gray wolf, and says that the reissued rule will not be subject to judicial review.

Additionally, Section 117 of the bill, pertaining to gray wolves range-wide reads, “None of the funds made available by this act may be used by the secretary of the interior to treat any gray wolf in any of the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia as an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 7 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).”

Ethan Lane, executive director, Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands, told WLJ he believes this is a practical decision by the appropriations committee. “The Fish and Wildlife Service has been very clear that gray wolves are recovered in the United States, he said. “So, spending the money somewhere else, where a species needs the help is really just a practical use of limited resources on behalf of the appropriators.”

Environmental interest groups have a different opinion. Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said, “House Republicans are waging a despicable war on wolves and other species trying to escape extension. You don’t need to kill wolves to keep the federal government running— this is nothing more than a giveaway to special interests that would dismantle the Endangered Species Act.”

Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark also commented on the proposed funding bill, saying, “The House’s dirty budget would gut vital protections for our natural heritage and wildlife, especially for endangered species, including wolves.”

She went on to say the wolf rider means “certain death for America’s wolves.” Rappaport Clark concluded, “This rider makes a mockery of the Endangered Species Act. It leaves America’s wolves sitting in the ESA emergency room and orders our wildlife agencies not to treat them. The drastic cut in funding for new species under the ESA will result in further delays in listing decisions for many deserving species, leading to longer recovery times, or possibly even more extinctions.”

The provision prohibiting spending additional money on gray wolf recovery would not end federal protections of gray wolves.

Wilbur commented on the appropriations language, saying, “The Endangered Species Act was never meant to protect listed species in perpetuity, but merely to ensure that they’re not at risk of extinction. Gray wolves have enjoyed enormous population growth throughout their range in recent years, and no reasonable person can conclude that the species is now threatened with extinction.

“Nevertheless, the species remains listed under the federal ESA, preventing states from implementing meaningful wildlife management, and in many cases preventing livestock producers from ensuring the welfare of their animals.”

Under the Obama administration, USFWS recognized that gray wolves had recovered in the U.S., and in 2013 proposed delisting the species nationwide. That delisting effort has been complicated by litigation from environmental groups challenging prior sciencebased delisting decisions in the Great Lakes and Wyoming, Wilbur explained.

“The proposed appropriations language is an important step toward ensuring that the law reflects the reality that wolves are recovered, and CCA welcomes any legislative action that makes progress toward opening the door for meaningful wolf management,” Wilbur told WLJ.

The funding resolution was set for subcommittee markup last Wednesday. At press time information from that meeting was not available. However, Lane said any substantive changes likely would not take place until it reaches the full appropriations committee in the next few weeks.

Gray wolves are currently both state and federally listed as endangered. Their management in California is guided by endangered species laws as well as CDFW’s Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California, finalized in 2016. CD- FW said its goals for wolf management in California include conserving wolves and minimizing impacts to livestock producers and native ungulates.

Wilbur noted, “CCA is working to secure delisting of the wolf at both the federal and state levels to ensure that the department [CDFW] and producers have more options at their disposal to protect livestock.”

— Rae Price, WLJ editor

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