Support Mounts for Bear Creek Forest Project in Advance of Dec. 8 Wildlife Conservation Board MeetingNovember 2, 2011
Project Leaders from PFT and Roseburg Resources Interviewed About Project Benefits by Public Radio and Print News Outlets
The preliminary agenda for the California Wildlife Conservation Board’s (WCB) Dec. 8 meeting includes a recommendation for funding our proposed conservation easement on the Bear Creek Working Forest located on the slopes of Mount Shasta, Calif.
The Pacific Forest Trust is working with landowner Roseburg Resources to conserve this 8,230 acre working forest, which spanning the border of Shasta and Siskiyou counties. This working forest conservation easement will secure forests, water and jobs key to the economic health of the struggling Northern California timber region. This effort will keep the land in productive, private ownership while completing the permanent conservation of the upper Bear Creek watershed, spawning grounds for the world-famous Fall River rainbow trout, and key to the watershed health of the Fall River. The Fall River is a tributary of the Pit and a major source of water into Lake Shasta on the Sacramento River, which supplies the majority of California’s agricultural and drinking water.
Together Roseburg Resources and PFT have applied to the California Wildlife Conservation Board for grants to fund the $7.8 million independently appraised value of the conservation easement. The WCB Board will consider the project proposal at its December 8, 2011, meeting. If the grant is awarded, Roseburg has committed to sell the easement to PFT this year. Working forest conservation easements keep lands in private ownership and productive use, safeguarding their resources in perpetuity for far less than what it would cost to purchase lands outright for state or federal protection.
The project has collected numerous letters of support from key stakeholders (see below) and represents the first substantial chunk of more than 100,000 acres PFT is working to conserve as part of our Klamath-Cascade Initiative.
The key project has been in the news recently with coverage in the Redding Record-Searchlight, the Mount Shasta Herald and The Dunsmuir News. On Friday, project leads Connie Best (PFT) and Arne Hultgren (Roseburg Resources) were guests on the Jefferson Public Radio’s “Exchange” program from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; the program station was heard at 10 different stations around southern Oregon and Northern California; you can listen to an archived copy by downloading a PDF from our website’s media archive.
You can link to the stories on our media page or read the press release on our website. Those who have already submitted letters of support for the project are listed below. Get in touch with PFT by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to lend your voice of support to this effort.
Assemblyman Jim Nielsen
Senator Doug LaMalfa
California Forest Stewardship Committee and CARCD Forestry and Fuels Committee
Fall River Resource Conservation District
Glen Hawes- Shasta County Supervisor
Jim Cook- Siskiyou County Supervisor
KARE- Klamath Alliance for Resources and Environment
Northern California Resource Center
Neil Manji- Regional Manager Department of Fish and Game Region 1
Siskiyou Land Trust
Siskiyou County Economic Development Council
Randy Moore- Regional Forester Pacific Southwest Region, US Forest Service
Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership
Western Shasta Resource Conservation District