In regards to the "back to the land movement" and the County of Humboldt allowing the building of unpermitted structures for all those years established a context of an individuals "rights" that has already been defined by our recent history since the 1960's in the grand experiment we all called the "back to the land movement". How we treat the earth is an individual decision. How we relate to the earth is in context to how place based we exist in this place we have come to call home, Humboldt County. The social context has changed much since I have lived here beginning in 1953. Every wave of immigrants to this area brings new ideas and social change. Waves of change since the arrival of the first ones arrived so long ago, well before my European English speaking ancestors arrived in this place not so long ago in the 1880's. How we see the world is defined by our language and being a European language group also defines how we share this view of place through our written texts, like the General Plan. The times are always changing with our social perspectives, like taking fire out of the normal way we manage our home for food and fiber that was based on the one's that came before the influx of us Eurpean speakers that took this place from those that came before, destroyed their language and relationship with place developed over thousands of years. Reservations, boarding schools, imposed our Middle Eastern Religions and so on. The "back to the landers" of which I am part of set up the grand and new experiment in this place we have now inhabited. How we move forward with our European based General Plan is pretty interesting. Change. The only thing certain in life and we all feel threatened by Change in how we relate to this place. A new influx of people are now moving into this place and defining our collective relationship with this place. It's all pretty interesting how we English based linguists see this place. You are defined by your language and I speak European based dialect.
Truth trumps environmentalist propoganda. Now CalTrans can get on with fixing US 101. If you don't like the courts desision I suggest you consider moving your propoganda machine out of Humboldt County :)
Science and politics are two different things. Lowell Diller is a scientist and studying spotted owls in second growth forests is science. Believing that they only exist in old growth forests are political views expressed for many years by politically motivated groups such as Epic and the Center for Biological Diversity. Science can be disheartening when it doesn't support your personal biases. Policy for societal decisions is largely based on politics and if policy was based more on science it would make more sense to me at least for our resource rich area. Faith is a good thing for religious beliefs, as that is the basis of religion, but faith is not a good thing for science. Go Wood Rats! The spotted owls love you too.
Great article. Southern Humboldt marijuana industry was well represented. The effect and fear of legalization, Proposition 19, on the pot price bubble bursting and dependence of so many businesses on the locally laundered pot money. Turkey bags advertised on roadside billboards. I've often wondered what tourists think when they see turkey bags advertised for packing pounds of pot buds in advertised on the billboard in Fortuna? Hey, the old Fortunal PL millsite would be a great location for a PotMart.What a hoot! Great article.
Thanks for your thoughtful input Steelhead Steve. Back in the 1970's I enjoyed commercial fishing as well as mining. Personally hoping for the recovery of Spring Run Chinook; they used to occupy quite a few Klamath River tributaries that I frequented. Pretty amazing fish for sure and I'm all for working to see their recovery, on a personal level at least. Hope the kids can experience being commercial fisherwomen one day. Gold fever and fish fever are not so different. Times sure have changed in my short lifetime though.
Seasonal regulations where I used to be allowed to dredge didn't allow us to dredge when eggs were in the gravel or during fry emergence. Most miners are responsible citizens just like most fishermen are responsible citizens. Fishermen and fisherwomen kill many more fish than miners ever have in recent history (hydraulic mining and the days of mercury tables are gone thank God).
Hook and release sport fishing kills more fish than miners do. Just shut down fishing altogether if you want to protect fish for real. But that's not an economic or cultural reality is it? And I do support tribal fishing rights with gill nets and hoop nets for food and cultural values. But shutting down dredging will not bring back the salmon, as some of the largest runs on the Klamath, during the mid 1980's, occurred when a lot of dredging was going on by myself and many others. Irresponsible fishermen and fisherwomen are called poachers and kill lots of fish. There's lots of poaching going on and it's not just homeless people as Pat Higgins suggested in the article in this issue of the Northcoast Journal about the salmon population recovery this year on the Eel River.
Let's work to protect our fishery.
And in the process let's stop pointing the middle finger at each other and learn to work together to truly protect our valuable fishery while allowing us to mine with seasonal restrictions that protect this valuable resource at the same time. Too much BS and not enough science caused the ban on dredges in the first place. Dredging was even banned on streams with no salmon as a result of the latest legislative action based on spurious lawsuits. Learn to be happy and respect others, including salmon. Bottom line. :)
A person like this rancher can blaze a trail, but if no one follows in his footsteps it won't happen. Sounds like a great idea to me. You experience the back country at your own risk, it is risky, but if no one protects and makes the back country accessible no one will be able to experience it. People sometimes get hurt and injured in the Wilderness, but that does not mean we should not have Wilderness. Thank God for trailblazers like this rancher and activist who gives us all hope for new recreational opportunities to experience.
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vol XXIV issue 49
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