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VALLEJO, CALIF., AUG 15, 2014: The U.S. Forest Service today announced that in anticipation of releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) at the end of this month, it is scheduling public meetings for the following dates and locations:
While on patrol on June 11th, State Parks Law Enforcement discovered a significant amount of 4X4 off-road damage at the north end of Nightmare Gulch in Red Rock Canyon State Park. It appears that a group of unknown off-roaders blazed their own path to follow the boundary fence line and find its weak spots. They were successful, and entered Nightmare Gulch during the birds of prey nesting closure.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Final Rule for listing of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the Northern Distinct Population Segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as Endangered Species and the Yosemite toad as a Threatened Species is pending publication in the April 29, 2014 edition of the Federal Register.
The Spotted Owl of decades past pretty much shut down logging and closed thousands of miles of trails and roads in the Pacific Northwest. Now, the sage grouse is trying to do that to 47 million acres across 11 western states. Some like Carolyn Dufurrena reporting for Range Magazine (Spring 2014 issue) say it’s not about habitat or the birds themselves or wildfire or invasive species or anything like that. She reports that it’s about money and politics, as well as control of the land, public and private. Whatever your take is on this bird, it cannot be ignored and we have to do something about it or we will lose access to the unnecessary listing and protection of this critter.
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The Forest Service is hosting public workshops to offer information about the forest plan revision process, explain the key themes of each forest plan to be revised, explore the unique roles and contributions of each national forest, and gather public feedback on the preliminary Need to Change. The public is welcome at any of the upcoming workshops: