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for remaining trees, so they may grow much more rapidly, and their resistance to insect infestation and disease is greatly improved. The long term legacy of logging has also profoundly altered the hydrology of watersheds and the amount of water produced. Studies of the upper Mattole River watershed in an area bordering the Eel River watershed to the west by HSU professor Andrew Stubblefield and others found that 40-60 year old second growth forests that are “over-stocked” use much more water than old growth forests. A Friends of Eel sponsored Eel River flow study confirmed this finding in lower South Fork Eel tributary Bull Creek, where flows have decreased 50% since 1950. Although the watershed is now in Humboldt Redwood State Park, half of the watershed was clear cut in the 1950s and 1960s. Since more than half of forest lands within the Eel River watershed were similarly logged in that time period, it is likely that increased forest evapotranspiration is a significant part of the equation for decreased water supply. Ernie Merrifield is an elder of the Round Valley Indian Tribes (RVIT) and sits on the ERRP Board of Directors. Ernie explained how indigenous peoples used controlled burns in the winter and spring to maintain a landscape mosaic of grasslands and oak woodlands that produced abundant game animals that they could eat. Their diet also relied on acorns, so preventing encroachment of conifers in oak woodlands also maintained their food supply. Studies by Six Rivers National Forest indicate that native oak woodlands occupied 36% of the North Fork Eel River watershed historically, but that the extent of oaks is now 9% of the basin area, despite the fact that much of the watershed is in Wilderness. This suggests Native Americans were in harmony with nature and used fire to improve conditions for the benefit of the animals and themselves. Native burning practices are being revived by the Karuk Tribe in the Klamath basin and their co-management relationship with the Klamath National Forest may be a model that could also be applied in the Eel River watershed. In addition to maintaining grasslands and oak woodlands, controlled burns can also be used to remove fuels from the forest floor, which reduces the risk of catastrophic fire. Although fires were frequent in the Eel River watershed during the recent drought, most burned slowly along the ground and naturally reduced fuels. An example is the Lodge Fire that burned extensive areas of the Elkhorn Eel River Forest Health - Cont. on page 74


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Drinking Habits - Two sisters of Perpetual Sewing secretly make wine to keep the convent doors open. 8pm. $15, $10. Redbud Theatre, 151 Kimtu Rd, Willow Creek. Richard III - Raw ambition, charm & bloodshed take center stage in William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece. 8pm. $13, $16. NCRT, 300 5th St. Eureka. 707-442-6278;

If your club or organization has an upcoming event, please send your info to or fax 923-4034.

Fun-Raisers Basketball Game - Harlem Ambassadors vs. South Ukiah Rotary. 6-8pm. Mendocino College, Ukiah Campus, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah. 707-468-3000;

Wednesday, April 12th

Comedy Cabaret - Jesse Hett & Gabby Poccia battle for supremacy against champions Nando Molina & Josh Barnes. 8:30pm. $10. Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Ln, Redway. 707-923-3368

Open Mic - For music, stand-up comedy, poetry, etc. 8pm. Free. 215 Main wine bar, 215 Main St, Point Arena. 707-882-3215; Jane Doe in Wonderland - Parallels between Alice in Wonderland & how young women & men are lured into the world of sex trafficking. 6:30-8pm. $15. Eureka High School, 1915 J St, Eureka. 707-441-2508 Child Safety Seat - Free Distribution & Installation. 10am-noon. D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D St, Arcata. 707-822-7091; Thursday, April 13th Luminescence - Fascinating, creative & original dance performance. 7:30pm. $10, $8. HSU, Van Duzer Theatre, 1 Harpst St, Arcata. 707-826-4411; Vinyl Record Broaches - Learn how to cut, shape & work with old vinyl records to create beautiful shapes. Ages 18+. $10. 5:30-8pm. SCRAP Humboldt, 101 H St, Suite D, Arcata. 707-633-8349 North Group Sierra Club Hike - Med difficulty, 6-mile round-trip in Redwood Nat’l Park. Meet 9am at Ray’s, Valley West Shopping Center, Arcata. Free. No dogs. 707-668-4275; Jazz at the Lodge - Quartet Enchantment, jazz, Latin, blues, contemporary, classical & originals. 6-9pm. $8. The Sea Ranch Lodge, 60 Sea Walk Dr, Sea Ranch. 707-882-3215, Never Not Spinning - Local spinning master Janet Finch demonstrates how to use several types of spindles. 6:45pm. Free. Wharfinger Building Bay Rm, 1 Marina Way Eureka. 707-599-2729 PBSNC Kids in the Garden - Event models the View, Read & Do Learning Triangle approach. 10am-noon. Free. CR Humboldt Botanical Garden, 7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka. 707-442-5139; God of Carnage - (Comedy) Sparks fly in this exhilarating display of human weaknesses & devious attitudes. 7-9pm. $15-$20. Willits Community Theatre, 37 W. Van Ln, Willits. 707-459-0895 Friday, April 14th Hope Reborn at Easter - Self-guided tour with 11 scenes depicting the Easter story. 7-9pm. Free. First Covenant Church Eureka, 2526 J St. Eureka. 707-442-6774 Luminescence - Fascinating, creative & original dance performance. 7:30pm. $10, $8. HSU, Van Duzer Theatre, 1 Harpst St, Arcata. 707-826-4411; Highlights of Humboldt History - PowerPoint presentation+ OLLI info & free prizes. 7-8pm. Free. Humboldt Grange Hall, 5845 Humboldt Hill Rd, Eureka. 707-442-4890

Jazz at the Sequoia Room - Steven Bates Band, high-energy, jamming, acoustic roots-rock. 6pm & 8pm. Free. North Coast Brewing Co, 444 North Main St, Fort Bragg. 707-964-3400 The Humboldt Green Week Kick-Off Party Feat MiM0SA, Ill Esha & D’Vinity. 9:30pm. $27. 21+. 9:30pm-1:30am.Humboldt Brews, 856 10th St, Arcata. 707-826-2739; God of Carnage - (Comedy) Sparks fly in this exhilarating display of human weaknesses & devious attitudes. 8-10pm. $15-$20. Willits Community Theatre, 37 W. Van Ln, Willits. 707-459-0895 Saturday, April 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Hosted by Fort Bragg Leo Youth Club. Ages 0-10 & kids will be in 3 age groups. 36 grand prizes. 10am. Free. Redwood Elementary Track between Redwood Elementary and CV Starr Center, Fort Bragg. 707-964-0921 Easter Egg Hunt - Youngsters hunt for candyfilled eggs hidden by Ferndale Scouts. Prizes in 4 categories, by age. (If raining, check at Valley Lumber, Shaw & Berding Sts.) 10:30am. Fireman’s Park, Ferndale. 707-786-4477 CV Starr Easter Egg Splash - Bring your bathing suit & towel for a day of Easter fun at the CV Starr Center. The day starts with an Easter egg hunt for kids ages 1-12 in the Leisure Pool & Lap Pool & ends with a rubber duck race in the Lazy River. Lots of prizes for the whole family. 10am-5pm. Regular drop-in fees apply, free for members. CV Starr Community Center, 300 South Lincoln, Fort Bragg. 707-964-9446; Carson Park Easter Egg-Venture - Follow Easter clues, complete clever challenges & discover Easter eggs in the most unusual of places. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10am-12pm. Free. Carson Park, H & Buhne Sts, Eureka. 707-441-4374 McKinleyville Easter Egg Hunt - Search for special eggs containing gifts & coupons. All eggs contain candy or other treats. Divided into age groups. 10am. Free. McKinleyville Safeway Shopping Plaza, Central Ave, McKinleyville Community Egg Hunt - Hosted by Rio Dell Community Resource Center. Food, egg hunt, prizes & local resource tabling. All ages welcome. 10:30 am-12:30pm. Free. Rio Dell Fireman’s Park, Wildwood Ave & Center St, Rio Dell. 707-764-5239; City of Blue Lake Easter Egg Hunt - Hunt for eggs in the park. 4 different age divisions with a

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