The USDA Forest Service has extended the initial public comment period for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan until August 11, 2015. This comment period is focused on a "Need to Change" analysis, which compares the Presidential Proclamation which created the Monument to existing management direction in the ANF Land Management Plan (LMP), to determine the scope of the Monument Plan. Comments are due by August 11, 2015. The Monument Plan will be adopted as an amendment to the LMP. It is anticipated at this time that the project will include an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact. Please click on the document links below for details on the project. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank You
by MARK MCGLOTHLIN on JULY 18, 2015
in WATER WORTH SAVING
As part of their weekend edition, the NYT has posted a piece on the Smith – Can Montana’s Smith River Survive a Nearby Mine?
While the high-end, guided trip (teams are taking chefs along on the float for the blue-blooded travelers these days) the author completed on the Smith is a far cry from the experience most Montanans pursue on the Smith, the river weaves it magic for all who pass.
The author even spent a bit of time with Jerry Zieg, a VP for exploration at Tintina Resources, the BC company hoping to exploit the Johnny Lee Deposit on the Smith’s headwaters, and appropriately delved into the tainted environmental legacy the mining industry has left behind in Montana and the northern Rockies.
JUNE 9, 2015
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently learned Hot Creek Hatchery near Mammoth Lakes has tested positive for the parasite that causes whirling disease. Whirling disease was detected in wild trout populations in Inyo and Mono Counties more than 30 years ago. Therefore, continued fish stocking in these and other waters already known to have the whirling disease parasite should have little or no effect on those trout populations. Hot Creek, Lake Crowley and the Owens River provide blue ribbon trout fishing despite the presence of whirling disease in these waters.
JULY 8, 2015
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
Capt. Rebecca Hartman, Law Enforcement Division, (310) 678-4864
Due to a recent increase in the number of human/coyote incidents in Southern California, residents should be particularly vigilant in watching their children and pets when outdoors.
In the past month, there have been four incidents in Irvine where young children were either bitten or scratched by a coyote, resulting in minor injuries.