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Calendar Events / Trinity Tribal Gathering
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:41:00 AM »
We are so pleased to bring you a full roster of music, speakers and performances for this year’s
Trinity Tribal Gathering!

Taking place Friday September 1 – Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Junction City Park at the foot of the Trinity Alps Wilderness in Northern California!

This year’s Gathering will feature a lineup of music, speakers and forums that has to be one of our best yet. 🙂
See you soon.

On Tuesday 07/11/2017, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) served a search warrant to investigate an allegation of illegal cultivation of marijuana. The parcel in question had no application on file with Humboldt County Building and Planning and no permits issued for the cultivation of commercial marijuana. The search warrant was served in the area of Hyampom just west of the Trinity County line. The following agencies assisted DEU with this investigation: Wardens from California Fish and Wildlife, Biologist from California Fish and Wildlife, CAL Fire officers, specialist from the Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit, Humboldt County Code Enforcement officers, and personnel from the California Army National Guard Counter Drug Unit.

Upon responding to the parcel, several Hispanic subjects were observed running from the greenhouses and into the brush. No subjects were detained by law enforcement. DEU documented fifteen (15) greenhouses on the property containing growing marijuana plants. Seven (7) outdoor marijuana grows were also documented on this parcel. A total of 5,491 marijuana plants were eradicated on the property. The property was registered to an LLC. The LLC involved with the property is still under investigation.

California Fish and Wildlife conducted a parallel investigation this parcel and discovered 1 stream bed alteration, 3 separate water diversions, and 1 violation of beneficial storage of water. This is a State Water Board violation and will be forwarded for further follow up.

Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT conducted a parallel investigation and discovered 1 count of failure to submit a HAZAMAT plan for the storage of kerosene.

CAL Fire officers conducted a parallel investigation and discovered the following violations:

Timber slash violation and 9 violations of operating without a timber conversion permit.

Humboldt County Code Enforcement officers conducted a parallel investigation and discovered the following violations: Grading without a permit, Construction without a permit, solid waste disposal violations, unapproved sewage disposal, junk vehicle violations, and commercial marijuana cultivation ordinance violations.

All criminal violations stemming from the marijuana cultivation investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office maintains a cooperative relationship with all agencies that participated in this investigation. All future investigations into non-compliant marijuana operations will continue to be investigated in this manner.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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An Unabashed Look at Setting Up One Cannabis Grow in Trinity County
This article first appeared in a new publication devoted to cannabis, the Emerald Tribune.  (Follow them on Facebook for more cannabis news.) The article is reprinted here with their gracious permission.


    D’Andre Johnson

    D’Andre Johnson has been growing cannabis for years. He recently purchased and began developing a new farm in Trinity County. We caught up with him to talk about the trials and tribulations of setting up a new homestead. D’Andre hopes that his story will help inspire young kids living in California’s major cities.

    This is my first time growing in Trinity County. Last year I was in Siskiyou. When I got this property in February, it was just a home surrounded by trees, with a fence on one side, running next to the road. At first, it was just me up here, cutting down trees.

    I just bought chainsaws and got started. I had cut down a lot of trees at my previous farm, so I felt pretty confident. But these trees are 120 feet tall, 50-80 year old trees! I realized that had no idea what I was doing.

        “Not everything went smoothly with all of the trees.”

    A young man walked up the road and saw me cutting trees. He asked if I needed any help, and I ended up hiring him on. He was working for my neighbor at the time. I guess he liked it better over here, because he stayed on, and then he brought his brother over as well. Now they both work for me.

    There's still plenty of room for potential growth


    Things started moving a lot faster once they got here. We logged for something like a month and a half. I donated a lot of the wood to elderly people throughout town to use as firewood.

        “Trinity has been going a million times better. I don’t have a single complaint.”

    Not everything went smoothly with all of the trees. We were falling this one, when the wind suddenly picked up and started leaning it towards the house. It looked super bad, so we grabbed the big diesel truck and tried to winch it, to fall it downhill. The wind won, and the tree came down, nearly taking out the house. It crashed into a power line and sparks started flying everywhere! That was a bad day.

    The fallen tree stretched all the way from the greenhouse, hundreds of feet up the yard


    We couldn’t develop the property exactly how we imagined it. Initially, we wanted one big flat, but we ended up making multiple terraces. While we were leveling everything out, I flipped a tractor going down to the second terrace. I was coming down a steep hill, and gravity just took me! I fell over 90 degrees, and had to use the bucket to push myself upright. It was fun.

    We even had a little incident when my doggie was younger. She ripped all these plants out of the ground. She broke five plants and ripped out another twenty!

    Since I started in this business, every day has been a learning experience. My previous farm was much more challenging. Trinity has been going a million times better. I don’t have a single complaint.

    It’s been pretty relaxed and chill up here. You don’t see too many crazies. You don’t hear a bunch of gunshots in the middle of the night. Part of that is because the cannabis industry is a lot more new out here. My workers suspect that within the next five years, this is going to become like The Pines. That’s where a majority of the farms in Trinity County are right now.

    Kodak the puppy enjoying downtime on the farm

    The organic market ultimately will be the most valuable. A lot of farmers are marketing specifically for SoCal shoppers, and a sustainable vibe is the route they take.

    It feels like the industry is waiting for the next big invention, but it hasn’t come yet. We found out that there’s a specific market for CBD: only medical. But I want to appeal to both sides. I really like the medical, holistic approach. I don’t like the corporate greed and sponsorships.

    Although I’ve yet to get anything tested, testing is what’s encouraged me to do all organic. Plus, I care about patients’ health. With organic, you’ll get higher yields and a product with a higher potency. It just takes a little more time to figure out your winning formula.

    I just do what all the old guys tell me. A little chicken manure, some steer manure, bat guano, etc, etc. The plants love it, and at this point, I love it too. You can shower as much as you want to, but your hands will still smell like chicken manure for a week.


    Right now we’re working with a photographer to make a mini documentary about the experience. She’s going to come in and take drone pictures to show off the whole farm. We’re already using the hashtag “from a seed to a dream” on all the pictures on social media to promote it.

    The idea is to create a narrative. We want to show kids, especially urban inner-city youth, that a life like this is possible. I’m the first person in my family to cut a tree. I’m living my dream.

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Marijuana cultivation is a super hot topic right now so I figured this would be a good thing to share.


The liberalization of marijuana policies, including the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, is sweeping the United States and other countries. Marijuana cultivation can have significant negative collateral effects on the environment that are often unknown or overlooked. Focusing on the state of California, where by some estimates 60%?70% of the marijuana consumed in the United States is grown, we argue that (a) the environmental harm caused by marijuana cultivation merits a direct policy response, (b) current approaches to governing the environmental effects are inadequate, and (c) neglecting discussion of the environmental impacts of cultivation when shaping future marijuana use and possession policies represents a missed opportunity to reduce, regulate, and mitigate environmental harm.

Marijuana is the subject of heated debates over whether the liberalization of marijuana policies would benefit or harm society (Kilmer et al. 2010, Caulkins et al. 2011). Countries as diverse as Uruguay, Morocco, and the Netherlands?as well as 23 US states?are experimenting with the decriminalization of marijuana, including the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, which have legalized recreational sale and possession (AP 2014, Hughes 2014). The policy debate, which has focused on the public-health and criminal outcomes of liberalization, has largely neglected another notable source of societal harm arising from widespread marijuana use: the environmental harm associated with its commercial-scale cultivation. Where this harm has been examined by policy analysts in a legalization and policy context in Washington State (O'Hare et al. 2013), it was assumed that the environmental impacts are largely associated with energy use in indoor cultivation and will shrink in state-legal markets through regulation and other mechanisms. In that case, it was also assumed that environmental considerations are of minor importance in framing marijuana policy (O'Hare et al. 2013).

These assumptions are questionable in warm, arid, or semi-arid regions with extensive outdoor marijuana cultivation, or where state-legal/medical markets and black markets are significantly intertwined. California, where by some estimates 60%?70% of the marijuana consumed in the United States is grown (USDOJ NDIC 2007, Gabriel et al. 2013), serves as a good example of both conditions. California marijuana is primarily outdoor grown, and there is significant mixing between the medical and black markets (Short 2010, Bauer et al. 2015). Although the total area under marijuana cultivation in California is likely low compared with that of traditional Californian crops such as grapes, hay, or tomatoes, the site-specific impacts of marijuana production are significant and problematic. Illegal marijuana production in California is centered in sensitive watersheds with high biodiversity (Bauer et al. 2015), which represent habitat for several rare state- and federally listed species. The Mediterranean climate of much of the state results in the limited availability of surface water within these watersheds during marijuana's growing season. The combination of limited water resources, a water-hungry crop, and illegal cultivation in sensitive ecosystems means that marijuana cultivation can have environmental impacts that are disproportionately large given the area under production.

Like all forms of agriculture, marijuana cultivation has implications for natural resources that should be part of the current and future policy discussion. However, regulation designed to mitigate environmental harm is more difficult to implement for marijuana cultivation than for other agricultural activities because of its unique and evolving legal status. Although many US states are legalizing recreational and medical marijuana possession and use, it remains illegal at the federal level, putting the industry in a semi-legal gray area in these states. This status separates marijuana from fully legal agricultural commodities and greatly complicates regulation of the industry. Without adopting a position on liberalization of marijuana use and possession policies, we argue here that (a) the environmental harm caused by marijuana cultivation in both the semi-legal and black-market context is significant and merits a direct policy response, (b) current approaches to and funding for governing the environmental effects are inadequate, and (c) neglecting discussion of the environmental impacts of cultivation when shaping future marijuana-use and -possession policies represents a missed opportunity to reduce, regulate, and mitigate environmental harm.

The environmental impacts of marijuana cultivation
Marijuana is a water- and nutrient-intensive crop (Cervantes 2006, HGA 2010). Its cultivation is associated with land clearing (figure 1), the diversion of surface water (figures 2 and 3), agrochemical pollution, and the poaching of wildlife in the United States (Gabriel et al. 2013, Thompson et al. 2014, Bauer et al. 2015) and internationally (Armstead 1992, McNeil 1992, Bussman 1996). Where grown indoors, it can require extensive energy inputs with potentially negative effects on climate (Mills 2012, O'Hare et al. 2013). Marijuana cultivation in California is mainly concentrated in remote forested watersheds, on private, public, and Native American tribal lands, and is largely grown outdoors (Gabriel et al. 2012, Milestone et al. 2012, Thompson et al. 2014, Bauer et al. 2015), with environmental impacts often extending far beyond the specific cultivation site (Gabriel et al. 2013, Bauer et al. 2015). Both semi-legal and black-market marijuana plantations can be harmful to water resources and aquatic life. In the California north coast region, an estimated 22 liters (L) of water or more per plant per day are applied during the June?October outdoor growing season (HGA 2010). Using this water application rate and documented planting densities in greenhouses (900,000 plants per square kilometer [km2]; Bauer et al. 2015), water application rates would be approximately 3 billion L per km2 of greenhouse-grown marijuana per growing season. Outdoor planting densities appear to be much lower (Scott Bauer, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, personal communication, October 13, 2014), and if we assume a planting density of 130,000 plants per km2, water application rates would be approximately 430 million L per km2 of outdoor-grown marijuana per growing season. For comparison, wine grapes on the California north coast are estimated to use a mean of 271 million L of water per km2 of vines per growing season (CDWR 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005). Marijuana is therefore estimated to be almost two times more ?thirsty? than wine grapes, the other major irrigated crop in the region.

Land clearing, habitat conversion, and road building associated with marijuana cultivation in the Trinity River watershed (a) before conversion, 2004, and (b) after conversion, 2012. Source: Jennifer Carah; base imagery US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency through Google Earth (2004), and Google Earth (2012).

A California outdoor marijuana garden adjacent to a drained wetland. The wetland was drained to irrigate the marijuana garden. Photograph: Scott Bauer.

An illegally constructed pond and water diversion associated with a marijuana cultivation site in northern California. Photograph: Scott Bauer.

This is a proposal for monitoring illegal and hostile cultivation of marijuana within neighborhoods.
from an unknown source. Give us your opinion!

Marijuana Control Initiative
Neighborhood Relief
Community Peace

Whereas the cultivation of marijuana in Trinity County has impacted established communities in a number of serious ways, this ballot Measure is so constructed as to serve as a means toward an end.  The goal of this initiative is to aid in restoration of ?Peaceable Communities? in a manner that benefits the county as a whole.

1. First Year - 7.5% of the Mountain Community Hospital District Parcel Tax will go to the Sheriff?s Department specifically to hire and retain one deputy.

2. Second Year ? An Additional 7.5% of HPT goes to the District Attorney to aid in case load through the hire and retention of an assistant.

3. Third Year- A final 7.5% of HPT goes to the Sheriff?s Department to hire and retain another deputy.


1. The redirection of funds from HPT must not be undone through cuts to the District Attorney or Sheriff?s Department or any other measure/act that results in negation of this initiative

2. Once per week, a deputy will be assigned to a neighborhood for a day to observe traffic and conditions.  The deputy will be so housed as to conceal his/her presence and document all conditions observed such as high traffic, noise, smell, harassment intimidation that are known to stem from hostile growers.

3. Abatement measures to relieve neighborhoods of undue stress shall be given high priority, and re checked for compliance at random intervals.

4. This measure, if approved, will remain in effect for 4 years, requiring vote of majority of Trinity County registered voters to alter, amend or terminate.  County is precluded from taking any measure to alter, amend, and terminate any part of this measure without voter approval.

5. (Any funds from citizens wishing to contribute to cannabis control efforts shall be split between the District Attorney, Sheriff?s Department and the Hospital District until the Hospital District has been reimbursed to its portion of HPT of current year overseen by the Grand Jury.)

Calendar Events / County Meeting, Illegal Marajuana Growing
« on: July 15, 2015, 03:03:29 PM »

VIDEO: BOS meeting about illegal and out-of-control pot grows.

Video attached. still working on this message so check back for pictures and details.

Community Discussion and General Bulletin Area / S.K.A.T.E.
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:45:51 AM »
10 years ago the County  received  grant money for Lowden Park.  At that time there was a Skateboard Park on the list of projects to be funded with the grant.  Unfortunately, the Lowden Park Pool was in desperate need of repairs and remodeling, so the Board voted to use the Skateboard Park funds for the pool.  And we have a very nice pool.  When that happened, my Son, Jake and I and some of his friends formed S.K.A.T.E.  We had a lot to learn and it was difficult to rally the community, but we kept doing fundraising, and  trying and dreaming and hoping and then, the County had another go at a Park Grant and we waited on that, only to be denied by the State.  I wrote and sent in a big packet to Rob Dyrdek in 2013, but never heard back. We want to build a temporary wood skatepark to use until we can apply for more grants, like Tony Hawk. But those grants are tough and we need at least $10,000 in the bank for matching funds and to show community support.  We have raised $750 in the last year, and we need $1000 to start a bank account. The big project needs about $75,000.  So, in the meantime, we are looking into sites where we can build wood ramps, ( for the kids to skate, sooner than later! Please donate to the S.K.A.T.E fund either here, or if you live in Weaverville, CA you can donate your recyclable money at Trinity Recycling Center. 
THANK YOU.  Kelly Frost
*S.K.A.T.E. is a subsidarary of the Weaverville/Douglas City Parks and Recreation District.

Calendar Events / Hayfork Speedway Fireworks and Celebration
« on: June 26, 2015, 04:35:12 AM »
Friends, Family and Fireworks at the Heyfork Speedway.

Calendar Events / 4th of july scedule
« on: June 25, 2015, 05:56:07 AM »

Calendar Events / Nor-Cal Jazz Festival
« on: June 25, 2015, 05:50:49 AM »
Nor-Cal Jazz Festival is coming to historic Weaverville, CA this summer! The date is Saturday July 25 in beautiful Lee Fong Park; doors at 4, downbeat at 5.


THIS BEAUTIFUL LOCATION will be the scene of another Wonderful Eventing of JAZZ in Northern California. Bring your Blanket and Lawn Chairs and RELAX under the trees to some of the North States finest JAZZ. Featured this year areE BRADY MCKAY MEREDITH WITH JOHN TIEDMAN, THE LATIN GUITAR DUO AL MIRES & TYLER MANSFIELD AND THE WORLD JAZZ JAM SOUND OF LEFT HOOK.

COUNTY OF TRINITY Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
For Year Ended June 30, 2014

Federa lCFDA Number
Grantor's Number
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Passed through State Department of Social Services:
State Administrative Matching Grants for the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program 10.553 292,716
Passed through State Department of Health Services:
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. 10.557 309,872
Total U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Education
Passed through the State Office of Education:
Special Education Grants (IDEA) 84.027A 15,984
Total U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Interior
Direct Programs:
Central Valley Project Improvement Acr Title XXXIV 15.532
Central Valley Project, Trinity River Division, Trinity River Fish and Wildlife Management 15.532
Total U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Passed through State Department of Housing and Urban Development:
Community Development Block Grant/States Program 14.228 10-DRI-6793 1,734,175
Community Development Block Grant/States Program - Loans 14.228 1,933,825
Subtotal CFDA Number 14.228
Home Investment Partnership Program
Outstanding Loan Balance 14.239 3,142,056
Total U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Justice
Direct Programs:
ARRA - Public Safety Partnership and Community Policing Grants - COPS
Hiring Program 16.710 2010-UM-WX-0043 85,526
Grants to Encourage Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program 16.590 2011-WE-AX-0003 107,315
Subtotal Direct Programs
Passed through California Emergency Management Agency:
Crime Victim Witness Program 16.575 VW13180530 32,451
Protecting Inmates and Safeguarding Communities Discretionary Grant
16.735 2010-RP-BX-K001 161,148
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant - ADA Task Force 16.738 BSCC 643-12 40,287
Subtotal Pass-Through
Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
For Year Ended June 30, 2014
Federal Grantor/Pass-through Grantor/Program Title
See accompanying Notes to Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
Grantor's Number
Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
For Year Ended June 30, 2014
Federal Grantor/Pass-through Grantor/Program Title
U.S. Department of Justice
Passed through the Board of State and Community Corrections:
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant - ADA Task Force 16.738 BSCC 667-13 62,094
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant - Marijuana Suppression
16.738 BSCC 667-12 50,887
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant - Marijuana Suppression
16.738 BSCC 667-13 136,514
Subtotal Pass-Through
Total U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Transportation
Passed through California Environmental Protection Agency:
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLO-5905(063) 1,933,409
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLO-5905(082) 130,037
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLO-5905(090) 957
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLO-5905(91) 3,222
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLO-5905(092) 1,902
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLO-5905(095) 557
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLS-5905(071) 211,050
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLS-5905(074) 152,398
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 BRLS-5905(075) 601
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 RPSTPL-5905(036) 227,204
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 RPSTPL-5905(038) 621,541
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 RPSTPL-5905(069) 58,218
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 RPSTPLE-5905(072) 4,942
Highway Planning and Construction 20.205 RPSTPLE-5905(073) 22,459
Hazzard Elimination Safety Program 20.205 HSIPL-5905(088) 41,393
Hazzard Elimination Safety Program 20.205 HSIPL-5905(089) 12,102
Subtotal CFDA Number 20.205
Metropolitan Transportation Planning 20.505 602.20
Metropolitan Transportation Planning 20.505 602.40
Subtotal CFDA Number 20.505
ARRA - Federal Transit Capital Investment Grants 20.509 169,392
Formula Grants for Other Than Urbanized Areas 20.509 223,474
Subtotal CFDA Number 20.509
Total U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Help America Vote Act Requirements Payments 90.401 5311F-642419 28,455
Total U.S. Election Assistance Commission
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Passed through State Department Social Services:
ARRA - Guardianship Assistance 93.090 14,033
Promoting Safe and Stable Families 93.556 10,000
Child Support Enforcement 93.563 439,841
Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants 93.090 33,425
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program 93.645 13,122
See accompanying Notes to Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
Grantor's Number
Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards
For Year Ended June 30, 2014
Federal Grantor/Pass-through Grantor/Program Title
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Foster Care Title IV-E 93.658 847,921
Foster Care Title IV-E 93.658 468,932
Adoption Assistance 93.659 450,816
Adoption Assistance 93.659 7,983
Passed through State Department Social Services (continued):
Social Services Block Grant 93.667 97,641
Chafee Foster Care Independence Program 93.674 6,604
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 93.558 979,561
Subtotal Pass-Through
Passed through State Department of Health Care Services:
Immunization Cooperative Grants 93.268 24,577
Children's Health Insurance Program 93.767 5,999
Medical Assistance Programs 93.778 317,287
Medical Assistance Programs - Foster Care 93.778 22,350
Medical Assistance Programs 93.778 1,360,588
Medical Assistance Programs 93.778 30,891
Medical Assistance Programs 93.778 4,033
Medical Assistance Programs 93.778 31,532
Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to the States 93.994 38,211
Subtotal Pass-Through
Passed through State Department of Public Health:
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program 93.069 56,540
Passed through State Department of Mental Health:
Assistance in Transition from Homelessness 93.150 16,562
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) 93.958 85,904
Subtotal Pass-Through
Passed through State Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse:
Block Grants for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse (SAPT) 93.959 392,447
Total U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Passed through State Department of Homeland Security:
Homeland Security Grant Program - HSGP11 97.067 2011-0077 29,159
Homeland Security Grant Program - HSGP12 97.067 2012-0123 43,139
Passed through California Emergency Management Agency:
Emergency Management Performance Grant 97.042 2013-0047 97,445
Total U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Total Expenditures of Federal Awards
See accompanying Notes to Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards

Rant!!! I live in trinity pines and everyone knows what goes on up here... but there are a few of us that dont grow or any of that non sense... i was pulling into post mountain today and was pulled over by usfs law enforcement... he came to my window and asked where the marijuana was... and wanted to know if i was carrying large sums of money... mind you... i had my 22 month old son with me... they asked to search my vehicle and i complied... they asked for all of my info as well... i handed all of it to them... they searched my truck and handed me my registration back without even running me... and yesterday i was sitting at the bus stop when another usfs law enforcement pulled up behind me... he got out and turned his flashlight on... 3pm in the afternoon... he asked what i was doing and i told him i was waiting for the bus... he argued with me and told me the bus doesnt come to that location... another gentleman pulled up behind me and he walked back to that truck and asked the same question... he got the same answer... we were waiting for our children... who should i contact about the constant harrassment... im a local and everyone knows me... it was very un professional to ask to search my vehicle when i had a 22month old with me... and to come straight out and ask where the marijuana is... cmon... not everyone up here is that way!!!!

FOREST SERVICE: County payments to plunge more than 80%

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

Published: Friday, January 16, 2015

Counties across the West should brace for a drastic cut in federal payments used for schools, roads and forestry work after Congress failed to extend Secure Rural Schools, the Forest Service announced last night.

The Forest Service said $50 million will be paid this year to 41 states and Puerto Rico to support local schools and roads, compared to roughly $300 million that was available last year under SRS.

It's the first time Congress has failed to reauthorize the program since its inception in 2000.

SRS, which was authored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), has been a financial lifeline for forested counties that were hammered by the loss of timber sales and logging and milling jobs beginning in the late 1980s. Last year, SRS handed out $270 million to more than 700 counties, according to the National Association of Counties.

But when Congress failed to extend the program during last month's lame-duck session, it meant counties must revert to a century-old law that entitles them to 25 percent of revenues from national forests -- a pittance compared to SRS.

Most of the 25 percent revenue comes from logging, which has dropped from a high mark of 12.7 billion board feet sold in 1987 to about 2.6 billion board feet sold in 2013.

In addition to the drop in funding, counties will not be able to use the $50 million on SRS programs for conservation work on national forests, wildfire protection or emergency services, the Forest Service said.

The hardest-hit state appears to be Oregon, whose Forest Service payments drop from $68 million in 2014 to $6 million in 2015. California's payments fall from $36 million to $9 million, Idaho's from $28 million to $2 million, and Washington's $22 million to $2 million.

Who is to blame depends on whom in Congress you ask.

"This drop unfortunately shows the fallout from House Republicans' puzzling decision at the end of 2014 to reject my efforts to fund and pass Secure Rural Schools payments for one more year," Wyden said in an emailed statement. "These payments are an essential lifeline for rural Oregonians who need to fund their roads and law enforcement as well as their schools."

Oregon counties last year received a total of more than $100 million from SRS when counting payments for Bureau of Land Management forests in western Oregon. It was not immediately clear how BLM's school-and-roads payments will fall.

Wyden said House Republicans blocked his proposal to extend SRS during the lame duck, paid for through sales of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said that he supported an extension but that Wyden's pay-for did not pencil out. Wyden said Republicans were unwilling to consider an easy fiscal fix.

Walden could not be reached for comment this morning.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) blamed the Forest Service for failing to harvest enough trees to support local communities.

"The SRS program was originally set up by Washington bureaucrats to mask the loss of economic activity in our forested communities caused by declining timber harvests," Murkowski said in a statement. "It's clear that the Forest Service can no longer count on those payments to cover its refusal to cut timber."

Forest Service payments to Alaska will fall from $14 million to about a half-million dollars, a decline that will be felt hardest in southeast Alaska, where Murkowski was born.

The funding drop foreshadows a major battle over forestry policy in the 114th Congress.

Republicans hope to phase out SRS in favor of a logging renaissance that would boost local revenues while generating local logging, trucking and milling jobs.

"We must return to a policy that allows for sustainable timber harvests and gets our forested communities back to work," Murkowski said. "The alternative is to allow Alaska to manage its national forested lands."

But the Obama administration proposed a five-year reauthorization for SRS in its 2015 budget request. Environmental groups would also like to see it extended, fearing that a return to timber-harvest payments would stack the political deck against forest conservation.

The National Association of Counties, which last Congress endorsed a bill by then-House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to double logging levels on national forests and enact a "modern revenue sharing program," said SRS should be reauthorized immediately.

"Without swift reauthorization, counties could face devastating shortfalls in funding for schools, roads and many other critical services," said NACo spokesman Brian Namey. "There is no time for delay."

Without SRS, Skamania County, Wash., has warned it plans to lay off dozens of employees, including those serving as its commissioners, sheriff and public defender; in its courts; and in other critical posts. Its $10 million budget will be lopped by 15 percent, county officials said (E&E Daily, Jan. 8 ).

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