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National Forests In California Provide Benefit To Local Economies

VALLEJO, Calif., Sep. 14, 2011—Outdoor recreation activities in California’s national forests contributed $2 billion dollars to local economies and helped sustain an estimated 38,000 jobs in 2010. The U.S. Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring report released Aug. 19 shows that national forests attracted 170.8 million recreational visitors nationwide and sustained approximately 223,000 jobs in rural communities across the country. “The... Read More

Big Bar Put In on the Mokelumne is Open

A new Mokelumne River access point along Highway 49 is open for business. The Big Bar “put-in/take-out” facility for boaters opened to the public Sept. 5 with 18 parking spaces, rest rooms and an interpretive kiosk. Jim Eicher, an associate manager in the Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode field office, said the agency began exploring the idea for a recreation facility at the site about 25 years ago. “This opens up more recreation... Read More

Mokelumne River Annual Clean Up Day – September 17th

By The Record August 31, 2011 12:00 AM MOKELUMNE HILL – The Foothill Conservancy is inviting volunteers to join in the annual cleanup day Sept. 17 for the Mokelumne River.  The cleanup will take place at six sites stretching from Pioneer in the mountain portion of the river to the banks of the lower Mokelumne near Clements, in San Joaquin County.  The Mokelumne cleanup day is held along with cleanups of other Sierra Nevada rivers as well as... Read More

San Joaquin County Supervisors Oppose Bird Refuge Expansion

By Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer August 31, 2011 12:00 AM STOCKTON – County leaders on Tuesday condemned the concept of a national wildlife refuge in San Joaquin County, even before one has been formally proposed. After hearing from farmers with a truckload of worries, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to oppose the expansion of the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge from Stanislaus County in the south to an area roughly west of... Read More

CAL Fire Approves New Fire Fee

August 23, 2011 05:33 pm Tina Falco, MML News Reporter Sacramento, CA– Rural homeowners living in fire districts serviced by CAL FIRE can expect to pay up to $90 in fire prevention fees. The state fire board passed emergency regulation on Monday which will affect anyone who lives in a state fire responsibility area. This fee is well below the $150 charge proposed by lawmakers in their June budget. “In the governor’s... Read More

CAP Attends the Sierra Nevada Alliance Conference

The Cap Team at SNA Conference CAP Board members and staff recently attended the annual conference of the Sierra Nevada Alliance in South Lake Tahoe.  Pictured are Board members John Trinkl, Mickey Williamson, Holly Mines, Penny Sarvis, and Calaveras Planning Coalition Facilitator Tom Infusino (not pictured, Bob Dean). The conference is an inspiring reminder that we are one of 85 member organizations working to preserve the uniqueness and beauty... Read More

Sierra Business Council is Looking for Interns for their Green Communities Program

The Green Communities Program will assist up to twenty local government jurisdictions in the Sierra Nevada to complete community-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) inventories. Community Interns will be paired with local governments to provide the additional staffing needed to conduct data collection, analysis, and inventory development. At program’s end, each local government will have a complete GHGE inventory at the community-wide... Read More

Sierra Business Council is Looking for a Community Network Director

Sierra Business Council is looking for a way to tap into our incredible online community throughout the Sierra Nevada. Our vision is to create an online collaborative network of users who are finding solutions to the most challenging problems that face our region. The Community Network Director will be responsible for overseeing, managing and implementing Sierra Business Council’s shift from a traditional non-profit membership structure... Read More

State Redistricting Process May Change Calaveras Representatives

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has issued new draft maps for the state Senate, Assembly and Congressional districts which could change who represents Calaveras County.  The new congressional district maps put Calaveras in the Foothill District along with other foothill counties such as Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Toulumne and Mariposa instead of aligning it with Sacramento as they have in the past.  The formerly sprawling... Read More

Written comments on the EBMUD revised EIR Due

East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) held public scoping sessions for the reworking of its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Pardee Dam expansion earlier this month. Calaveras resident raised voices in support of the Mokelumne River. Written comments on the EBMUD revised EIR for its water plan are due by July 29. E-mail them to, fax to 510-287-1295, or mail to: WSMP Comments c/o Tom Francis Water Supply... Read More

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