Timber Management and Water Resources Talk

Do you want to learn more about the management of timber and protecting water resources? The public is invited to an educational presentation, “Water Talks: Timber Management and Water Resources” on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mount Shasta Resort located at 1000 Siskiyou Lake Boulevard in Mount Shasta. The informational Water Talks are free and open to the public.

“Timber Management and Water Resources” will feature presentations from:

· Steve Bachmann, Hydrologist with the Shasta Trinity National Forest on “Vegetation Management and Water”,

· Chris Chase, Timber Manager with Timber Products Company on “Timber Management on the Ground,”

· Mike Rosan, Forester with CalFire on “What is a Timber Harvesting Plan?”

· Joe Croteau Senior Environmental Scientist with the CA Dept. of Fish and Game on “Managing Trustee Resources,” and

· Angela Wilson, Timber Program Manager with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board on “The Regional Board’s Role in Protecting Water Quality.”

“As a hydrologist with the Shasta Trinity National Forest I spend much of my time evaluating how proposed vegetation management projects affect water resources,” said Steve Bachmann. “I will discuss the ‘ecological restoration’ approach that is being used by the Forest Service to develop proposed projects, the role that disturbance processes like fire and disease play in the development of proposed actions, and considerations for protection of water resources.”

“We have a thorough understanding of timber management in Northern California,” said Chris Chase, Timber Manager for Timber Products Company. “As an integrated forest products company, we have the opportunity to manage our own timberlands, operate timber sales on other ownerships (public & private) and provide a market for many of the forest products produced in our region. This gives us a unique perspective on how timberland is managed in our area and the impact that management (or lack of management) has on water resources,” Chase said.

As a Forest Practice Inspector for Calfire I spend a lot of time reviewing Timber Harvesting Plans for private lands,” said Mike Rosan. “In my talk I will share the details of what a Timber Harvest Plan is, when you need one, which agencies are involved in the review process and Calfire’s specific role,” explained Rosan.

The Department of Fish and Game is a review team agency for evaluating Timber Harvesting Plans on private ownership. “I will discuss DFG’s role as a Trustee and Responsible Agency, and the process of conserving biological resources,” said senior environmental scientist Joe Croteau. “I’ll provide a summary of DFG’s participation in the review process relative to the Forest Practice Rules, CEQA, and CESA.”

“The Regional Water Quality Control Boards are responsible for protecting water quality both on private land in the state and on federal lands,” said Angela Wilson, Professional Geologist and timber program manager for the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. “I look forward to helping demystify our role in the review process for timber harvesting projects,” Wilson said.

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of how different agencies manage possible effects on water resources, timber harvesting projects and how private and public land managers interact with each other and different agencies.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational presentations with local and regional experts sharing their knowledge with the public on a range of water related topics. The purpose of Water Talks is to provide a place to learn about water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking workable solutions for fisheries restoration throughout California.” For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

IMBA Trail Building Workshop in Mount Shasta May 11-12, 2012

The Mount Shasta Trail Association Presents:

IMBA Trail Building Workshop: May 11th and 12th, 2012

201 N Mount Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Overview:

  1. Presentation on the economic benefits of trails (Friday evening, 7pm @ Black Bear Gallery)
  2. Classroom workshop on essential trail building elements (Saturday morning, 9am-12n)
  3. Field instruction and hands-on trail building workshop (Saturday afternoon, 12.30-3pm)

Friday May 11 @ 7pm at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs)

Join us for a presentation by IMBA crew on the economic benefits of recreational trails in small towns and an update on the construction of the Gateway Trail and future plans.

Saturday May 12 @ 9am-3pm: meet at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs), Lunch provided!

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  The school involves a classroom session in the morning and a hands-on workshop in the afternoon.  Elements covered:

  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trials
  • Designing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

*Morning will be spent in classroom and then we will carpool to Gateway Trail for a hands-on building clinic.  Please plan on attending both classroom and outdoor sessions.

Who Should Attend this Workshop?

  • Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.)
  • People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such as land managers and city planners
  • Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project
  • Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability
  • High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops
  • Cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.

Lunch and Tools Included!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will provide all tools necessary for the hands-on trail building workshop and also provide lunch for all participants. Please bring appropriate work clothes, shoes, rain gear, gloves, etc.

For More Information: Contact Andrew Braugh, 530-440-5921 or drewbraugh@gmail.com

International Mountain Biking Association Trail Building Workshop May 11 and 12, 2012 in Mount Shasta

The Mount Shasta Trail Association Presents: International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Building Workshop: May 11 and 12, 2012

Upstairs at the Black Bear Gallery – 201 N Mount Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Overview:

  1. Presentation on the economic benefits of trails (Friday 7pm @ Black Bear Gallery)
  2. Classroom workshop on essential trail building elements (Saturday morning, 9am-12n)
  3. Field instruction and hands-on trail building workshop (Saturday afternoon, 12.30-3pm)

Friday May 11 @ 7pm at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs)

Join us for a presentation by IMBA crew on the economic benefits of recreational trails in small towns and an update on the construction of the Gateway Trail and future plans.

Saturday May 12 @ 9am-3pm: meet at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs), Lunch provided!

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  The school involves a classroom session in the morning and a hands-on workshop in the afternoon.  Elements covered:

  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trials
  • Designing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

*Morning will be spent in classroom and then we will carpool to Gateway Trail for a hands-on building clinic.  Please plan on attending both classroom and outdoor sessions.

Who Should Attend this Workshop?

  • Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.)
  • People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such as land managers and city planners
  • Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project
  • Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability
  • High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops
  • Cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.

Lunch and Tools Included!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will provide all tools necessary for the hands-on trail building workshop and also provide lunch for all participants. Please bring appropriate work clothes, shoes, rain gear, gloves, etc.

For More Information: Contact Andrew Braugh, 530-440-5921 or drewbraugh@gmail.com

Nordic Center Wine Gala in Mount Shasta

I was there last year and it was the absolute best fundraising event I’ve ever attended. Great people, great food, good wine — and plenty of time to enjoy all three!

Saturday April 21, 2012, 7pm – 10pm

The Gallery in Mt. Shasta

Tickets $20, available at The Fifth Season, Village Books, or at the door.

Wine and olive oil tasting, wine auction, appetizers, and desserts. This is a benefit for Mt. Shasta Nordic. Come out and support your groomed community winter trails, quality Nordic skiing in Mt. Shasta.

Local Screening of Pedal-Driven: A Bike-Umentary

The Mount Shasta Trails Association, the US Forest Service, and the International Mountain Biking Association will be showing the new documentary film “Pedal-Driven” on Friday, February 3rd, 2011, at 7 PM at the Black Bear Gallery in Mount Shasta.

This award winning one-hour documentary examines the issues surrounding mountain bike trail management and conflicts between mountain bikers and public land management agencies like the US Forest Service.   “Our primary theme here revolves around sustainability”, said writer/director Jamie Howell.  “Mountain biking is exploding around the world. We have to find new, cooperative approaches that both allow it as a legitimate use and manage it in a way that prevents the destruction of our precious and limited natural spaces.”

Pedal Driven: Mountain Biking DocumentaryFor more than two years, the film-making team traveled across the Western United States, compelled to tell a story of clandestine groups of rogue mountain bikers who build illegal trails on America’s public lands. Footage was collected from both sides of the conflict, battle lines were drawn, illegal trails were ripped out and existing trails were shut down.  Along the way, a shift occurred with both sides coming to the table, new partnerships were forged and sustainable biking opportunities were built.  The film aims to inspire a dialogue about where mountain biking belongs on the American landscape and to explore the responsibility we all have to balance our personal interests with the need manage our public lands in a sustainable manner.   The film is laced with stunning scenery, thrilling ride scenes with professional riders, and candid interviews with land managers, mountain bikers, and community leaders from around the West.

Representatives from the US Forest Service, the Mount Shasta Trail Association, and the International Mountain Bike Association will be on hand to discuss the issues raised by the film and to foster a constructive dialog about mountain bike trail management and opportunities in our community.   In addition, there will be an update on the Gateway Trail project, an exciting new recreation trail built in cooperation between the Forest Service and the Mount Shasta Trail Association.

You can find out more about the film and watch a trailer at www.pedaldriven.org.

For additional information, please contact Joe Wirth at the Mount Shasta Trail Association at 926-2858 or Kai Allen at the US Forest Service at 926-9610.

Construction Begins on the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail

We’re finally making it happen with the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail folks!

Map of the project: click here.

And here’s our press release…

Mount Shasta, October 9, 2011. The Mt. Shasta Trail Association (MSTA) is pleased to announce that work has begun on the Gateway Trail project.  MSTA President Joe Wirth stated, “The Gateway Trail is an important piece of our overall vision for trails serving the community and its visitors.”

This project will result in the development of approximately 7 miles of shared-use non-motorized trails on National Forest System lands immediately east of the City of Mt. Shasta.  The trail network will be open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians.  It is primarily being funded by a Federal Highway Administration Recreation Trails Program grant administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  Additional efforts – in the form of labor, funding or materials – are being provided by the MSTA and the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  The Forest Service conducted an environmental analysis of the project earlier this year, giving the project the “green light.”

The ongoing work involves the clearing of vegetation and roughing in of a 36” to 48” trail tread by Trailscape, Inc., a contractor hired by the MSTA, plus additional labor is being provided by a Deadwood California Department of Corrections crew.  Specific segments of the existing “Tunnel Trails” will be incorporated into the overall trail network after reconstruction work remedies problems with drainage, alignment, and grade.

” I know that everyone will be excited about the new trail”, said Kai Allen, Recreation Manager for the Forest Service, ” but for safety and resource protection, the trail is closed, and we are asking that everyone be patient until it is completed. If construction goes as scheduled, the trails should be open for use as soon as next summer.  Prior to opening of the trails, a parking area with an information kiosk will be developed just off the Everett Memorial Highway.”

Besides MSTA and the Forest Service, conceptual planning for the trail included Mountain Runners and the City of Mt. Shasta.  The City has also recognized the importance of the Tunnel Trails in its City of Mount Shasta Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan in 2009.  Many volunteer hours have already been contributed and there will be more opportunities for volunteers in the future.