August 21, 2012
Published in Siskiyou Daily News
An important informative meeting about controversial cattle grazing on our public lands will be held this Wed. night, Aug. 22 at the Catholic Parish Hall in Fort Jones. Time is 7 p.m. This is a pro-active response to Felice Pace’s meeting to “train” monitors of cattle grazing two weeks ago. Seven local groups support this meeting, which will provide the facts and results of water quality programs.
Last year, after complaints by Pace, scientific studies were held in conjunction with a State agency over water quality and the results showed cattle were not contaminating any streams with e coli. Good news for resource users. Bad news for elitist Greenies.
A panel of specialists are lined up for this meeting and it will start with Theo Dowling, who works for the National Cattlemen’s Assoc. Public Lands Council. She is home from Washington D.C. visiting her parents, Bern and Bev Dowling in Scott Valley, and said she has up-to-date information to share.
Also speaking will be Carolyn Pimentel, a local grazer on the Klamath National Forest, who obtains a Permit to graze her cattle in a specific area. She has also been involved in the water quality studies and monitoring.
Stephanie McMorris, from the U.S. Forest Service, is the local Rangeland Specialist, who will explain scientific studies and the Permit process.
Roy Hall Jr. is Chairman of the Shasta Nation providing historical knowledge and the dire need to reduce fuel loading of grass, brush and trees. The forest is deathly over-crowded with trees and forage.
John W. Menke, Ph.D. is also a rangeland specialist, who will address scientific facts. There will be a question and answer period. The public is invited and the meeting is free. Donations will be appreciated to help pay building rental. Cookies and coffee will be available.
The groups supporting this Grazing Meeting are: Siskiyou County Cattlemen, Siskiyou Farm Bureau, Siskiyou Pomona Grange, Scott Valley Protect Our Water, Siskiyou Co. Water Users Assoc., Shasta Nation and Siskiyou Co. CattleWomen.
It was hot on Saturday in Ukiah, but the building at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds had air conditioning as five sheriffs once again shared critical issues in a Town Hall meeting. This was the sixth Support Rural America.com event held for sheriffs who are standing on the Constitution as the law of the land. Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman served as host. Our Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey attended as did Tehama’s Dave Hencratt and Del Norte’s Dean Wilson.
Oregon Josephine Co. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson was able to attend and told the group that 70 percent of his department has been cut. He will be holding the next event on Sept. 22 in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Guess what? This is one of those crazy years, when you don’t know why plants are not producing. My first producing zucchini plant wouldn’t grow a zucchini longer than 5 inches and the end would rot. I cut it out and the next two are doing better and just starting to grow an over-abundance. Dayna Crow told me that her squash have tough skins and wondered why. I don’t know.
My tomato plants hardly have blossoms and I can only find one green small tomato. Even the cherry tomatoes are not producing. I have heard from other folks that their tomatoes are not doing fabulous this year either, but at least most have said they have tomatoes.
Green beans are just starting to produce. I cooked a huge batch with onion and bacon. Boy were they good.
Cantaloupes are behind, but have tennis ball size and should ripen before it frosts.
There is only one large watermelon set on and several small ones that may not get ripe in time.
Cucumbers are in good deep soil and get plenty of water, but wilt in the afternoon (when they are getting irrigated by the soaker hose) and half of the cucs have been bitter. A friend said that her cucs have been bitter this year too.
Because of the predicted hot temps last week, I harvested six cabbages. Four were good and pretty solid. But two did not even produce a head. I left one cabbage to grow a bit more. So I cleaned off the outside leaves and narrowly sliced the four cabbages to make sauerkraut. It is in the crock, but is not a large batch this year. My friend Sophie McBroom said she wants to try some, so I will share.
Speaking of Sophie and Clint McBroom, they gave me a large batch of apricots from their tree that produced really well this year. I made two batches of apricot-pineapple marmalade. Sliced up lemons in it and boy is it good. Thanks McBrooms.
Liz Bowen writes biographies, blogs, radio news and freelances. Check out her blogs at: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com