California’s failure to protect forests and fish

The Sacramento Bee published a critical investigative story, “Troubled Waters of Battle Creek,” on the front page of the Sunday June 19th paper that reveals the state’s failure to protect our forests and fish.

Go to http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/19/3711308/troubled-waters-of-battle-creek.html to learn how clearcut logging is severely threatening the Battle Creek watershed’s salmon spawning grounds while over $100 million of public money is being spent to restore the watershed.
Don’t miss the photos and the shocking map of the clearcuts in this
watershed.  Also see The Bee’s editorial calling for Governor Brown to act on this issue http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/21/3715189/governor-needs-to-keep-pledge.html

Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch has been working with other groups to get California to correct the inadequacies in our forestry rules and their implementation that have allowed massive industrial clearcutting of our forests.  Stay tuned for more on this story.

UPDATE to the story above: On June 23, 2011 The Sac Bee reported that five environmental and fishing groups called on Gov. Jerry Brown to protect salmon habitat in Battle Creek, where erosion from state-approved may threaten a costly restoration project. Go to http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/23/v-print/3723563/environmental-groups-call-on-governor.html to read the whole story which includes a call for a moratorium on clearcutting in Battle Creek watershed by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.



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