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Coming this Spring: Grazing Monitoring on the Six Rivers National Forest This spring, the Grazing Reform Project will Felice Pace, monitor public land grazing in the upper Mad Water Resources Chair River Basin for the first time. On-the-ground This spring, the North Group will join monitoring is 100 percent volunteer. Volunteer the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in training is hands-on, conducted in the field. Northern California (www.grazingreform.org) Small grants pay mileage for volunteer monitors. to begin monitoring how grazing is managed As a result of monitoring and advocacy, we on national forest land in the upper Mad are finally seeing modest improvement in grazing River Basin. management in the Klamath National Forest. To Since the summer of 2010, Grazing Reform join volunteer efforts to extend that advocacy to Project volunteers have monitored 18 grazing the Upper Mad River and to reform public land allotments on three national forests, including grazing across Northern California, send a message allotments within the Marble Mountain, Russian to unofelice@gmail.com and I will contact you. The Peaks and Trinity Alps Wilderness and along the more pressure we can put on Forest Service and Siskiyou Crest west of Mount Ashland. Many Water Board officials to reform grazing, the sooner allotments have been visited multiple times; grazing-caused degradation will end. Poorly managed grazing has resulted in bank and wetland trampling, water volunteers sometimes “adopt” grazing allotments quality degradation and the removal of willow shade at Alex Hole, the on national forest lands they frequent. headwaters of Elliot Creek below the Siskiyou Crest on the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest. Photo: Felice Pace. While we sometimes monitor for species impacted by grazing, including the Willow One need not be a Sierra Club member to flycatchers and Cascade frog, most monitoring participate in these outings. Please join us! focuses on impacts to water quality, riparian Saturday, February 24—North Group Prairie areas and wetlands. Creek Redwoods State Park Ossagon to The Project has published 29 photoCarruthers Cove Hike. Hike this trail from south to illustrated Allotment Monitoring Reports north. We will drop off a car at the Carruthers end, (available at: https://tinyurl.com/grazingreform) and the present tide table shows an ebbing tide documenting conditions on grazing allotments conducive to this late-winter coastal adventure. and the poor management practices which Bring lunch and water. Medium difficulty, 4.5 miles, degrade water quality, riparian areas and less than 1,000 feet elevation change. Carpools: wetlands. As Chapter Grazing Chair, I’ve used Meet 9 a.m. at Ray’s shopping center in Valley West. Leader Ned, nedforsyth48@gmail.com, 707-825documentation from the Project’s reports to 3652 message phone. Heavy rain cancels. advocate for grazing reform. Our calls for on-the-ground grazing Sunday, March 25—North Group Humboldt management reforms go to District Rangers Redwoods State Park Avenue of the Giants and Forest Supervisors, the officials responsible Hike. Two separate trails, about a mile apart, take us to a view of the Eel River from High Rock (an for assuring that private grazing is managed Tyler Meadows will be degraded if Klamath National Forest managers follow actual rock along the river), and to a grove of stately through on their proposal to introduce cattle grazing into the Grider Creek responsibly on public land. We also ask Regional Roadless Area, a key salmon watershed. Photo: Felice Pace. redwoods about 1,000 feet above. Bring lunch and Water Board officials to get Forest Service water. Medium difficulty, 5 miles, 1,000 feet elevation managers to require regular herding and other and decreased late summer and fall streamflow. change. Carpools: Meet 9 a.m. at Herrick Avenue Park & management measures needed to protect water Diminished flows and poor water quality hurt salmon Ride in Eureka. Leader Ned, nedforsyth48@gmail.com, quality. Modern grazing management practices and other aquatic organisms. Poorly managed 707-825-3652 message phone. Heavy rain cancels. can’t eliminate grazing’s negative impacts, but their public land grazing is a major reason salmon proper use can dramatically reduce those impacts. stocks are not recovering even in streams emerging The failure of Forest Service and Water Board from wilderness. officials to require that grazing permit holders The Project and Redwood Chapter also challenge The North Group’s Executive Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the first floor conference implement modern grazing management practices the renewal of grazing permits, especially when the room at the Adorni Center on the waterfront in Eureka. The is the primary reason water quality standards are same poor practices are allowed to continue. As I meeting, which covers regular business and conservation being violated, riparian areas are being degraded, write, we await a Forest Service decision which may issues, begins at 6:45 PM. Members and non-members with and wetlands are being destroyed. Unherded cattle seek to extend grazing into the Grider Creek key environmental concerns are encouraged to attend. When congregate in headwater wetlands. The constant watershed and roadless area. That area has not been a new person comes to us with an environmental issue or trampling year after year damages the basins’ water grazed for decades. Riparian areas and wetlands have concern, we often place them first or early on the agenda. holding capacity, resulting in increased flood flows recovered; we don’t want them newly degraded.

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