Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Feds ditch bird poisoning plan; public input sought on plover protection

Feds ditch bird poisoning plan; public input sought on plover protection - Grant Scott-Goforth/The Times-Standard

After public outcry, a proposal to protect threatened snowy plovers on Clam Beach by poisoning egg-gobbling predators was withdrawn Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

”That didn't seem to fly -- no pun intended -- with the public,” Fish and Wildlife Field Supervisor Nancy Finley said of the plan to use an avicide called DRC-1339 to kill corvids -- crows and ravens -- that preyed on plover eggs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Arcata Community Forest additions underway; Ridge Trail will link them up

The city of Arcata has broken ground on two major new sections of trails in the Arcata Community Forest, which will eventually be used by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. - Luke Ramseth/The Times-Standard

”(The community forest) is not new for us, but it's expanding in an exciting way,” said Mark Andre, Arcata's Environmental Services director. In 1979, Arcata approved a “Multiple Use Management Plan” initiative, which led the forest to look much like it does currently -- a series of multi-use trails over an area of approximately 800 acres.