CDFW Program Manager will speak at third Earth, Water, Climate Series Program

The public is invited to the third “Earth, Water, Climate Series” program on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Redding Library Community Room.

Local community members are presenting the third “Earth, Water, Climate Series” forum on Shasta & Tehama County timber harvest in the Library’s Community Room, 1100 Parkview Avenue, Redding, CA. Local concern stems from the 2013 report by the California Natural Resources Agency that states 25 percent of the non-federal timberland in Shasta County was logged in the years 2003-2012.

Presenters are Marily Woodhouse, Director of the rural grassroots group Battle Creek Alliance, and Joe Croteau, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Timberland Conservation Program Manager. Timber harvest impacts and regulations in our area and some elements of climate change will be explored.

The documentary “Clearcut Nation” produced by the Battle Creek Alliance will be shown. This documentary describes one aspect of timber harvesting and includes interviews with local botanist Julie Kierstead Nelson and former logger Randy Compton. Interviews include Dr. Tom Myers, hydrologist, Dr. Dennis Odion, fire ecologist, and Monica Bond, wildlife biologist. Local artist Chen Compton drew artwork for the film and local musician Matthew Songmaker provided music.

Joe Croteau will provide an overview of CDFW’s role in reviewing and monitoring timber harvesting plans (THPs). He will discuss CDFW’s challenges and priorities for 2015 and beyond. Joe will also discuss how the public can participate in THP review, and provide a walk- through of the “ftp” website that contains timber harvesting documents.

The audience will be invited to participate in a question and answer period after the presentations.