Water Talks: Agriculture in Siskiyou County, October 19, 2011

What do we grow in Siskiyou County? How do irrigation systems work in our agricultural valleys? Water Talks: Agriculture in Siskiyou County will be held Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Activities Room at the Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

“You see a lot less young people going into agriculture and the number of small family farms is going down substantially. It is a lot of work. It is a full time job that never ends,” said Mario Burch of 5M Ranch and 2nd Vice President of Siskiyou County Farm Bureau who will present on October 19th.

Burch will be joined by Jim Morris, who raises hay on Bryan-Morris Ranch and is a director of the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau, Steve Orloff, Siskiyou County Farm Advisor for UC Extension and Jeff Fowle, 1st Vice President of Siskiyou County Farm Bureau and rancher who raises beef and hay on KK Bar Ranch.

“Reducing agricultural water use is not as simple as just switching to a less water-intensive crop or to drip irrigation. Growers have compelling reasons why they do what they do,” said Siskiyou County Farm Advisor Steve Orloff.
Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of agriculture in Siskiyou County and how it relates to water.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational events with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, and salmon streams. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator, at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

Water Talks: Land Management and Restoration, September 22, 2011

Have you ever thought about how land is managed over time? Get a broad perspective on land management and stewardship actions with a panel of federal, state, private and nonprofit land managers at the next Water Talks. Water Talks: Land Management and Restoration will be held Thursday September 22nd 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Activities Room at the Sisson Museum located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. The Talks are free and open to the public.

The Talks will include presentations from Steve Bachmann, Hydrologist with Shasta Trinity National Forest, Bob Smith, Land Manager with the California Department of Fish and Game, Arne Hultgren, California Resource Manager with Roseburg Resources Company and Chris Babcock, Field Scientist with the Nature Conservancy.

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the complexity of land management and restoration and how values, theory and practice change over time.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational events with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, and salmon streams. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

Water Talk at Sisson Musem on April 20, 2011

California Trout is sponsoring a series of water talks that address important issues affecting the Siskiyou County area. Here’s a press release about the next event.

How do water, climate and forests interact in Mt. Shasta’s watersheds? Join area science and watershed experts for an evening of Water Talks: Water, Climate and Forests on Wednesday April 20th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sisson Museum Activities Room located at 1 North Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta. Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational events with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. The Talks are free and open to the public.

On April 20th, Water Talks is joined by Adam Henderson, Climate Change specialist at the Northern Region Office of the California Department of Water Resources, Christine Mai, Watershed Program Manager for the Shasta Trinity National Forest, and Carl N. Skinner, Geographer and Project Leader for the USDA Service Center Pacific Southwest Research Station.

Mai spent a significant portion of 2010 on a national climate change team looking specifically at watershed vulnerability to climate change. “The title of my talk will be “Shasta Trinity National Forest Watersheds Vulnerable to Climate Change”. I will be discussing the distribution of a number of aquatic resources that could be at risk with pending climate change. I will focus on resources likely to suffer from warming and drying and others that could be at risk from extreme weather events. Topic areas will include springs, small lakes and ponds, streams with greatest potential for solar exposure, snow pack losses, water rights and infrastructure,” Mai said.

Henderson will explain climate trends and models for temperature, water, sea level rise and carbon dioxide as well as general California level impacts on water and forests. Skinner will present on riparian and aquatic habitat in landscapes of frequent fires and associated patterns of fire severity in northern California.

Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, and salmon streams. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

April 20th Water Talks

History Night at Sisson Museum — Friday, April 1, 2011

From our good friends at Sisson Museum:

Sisson Museum History Night is one of the largest annual fund raising events on our calendar. Doors open at 6:00 PM. History Night at Sisson Museum will be different this year, with beer and wine, more mingling, less sitting. Fewer raffles, bigger prizes. Our newest exhibit, Mt. Shasta H20 Stories Water Can Tell is sure to leave you saying: “Wow, I didn’t know that.” We’ll have the experts there to answer your questions. It’s the opening of a juried photography show too. I hope you’ll come celebrate the opening of our 28th season, and bring your friends.

Tickets: $15.00, available at Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, and at the door.

Sounds like a great time. There’s a good chance one or more of the MSTA board of directors will be there — including me — and I’m sure many other fine folks will also attend.