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July 2018 Newsletter

The heat is on -and not just because it's July- with draft EIRs, general plans, the CPUC Lassen Substation hearing and much more, we're staying busy!

In this issue:

  • Love's Truck Stop - Comments Due July 30th!
  • Coming soon - Mountain Patrons, Japan Trip?
  • Lassen Substation CPUC Hearing
  • Sponsor Spotlight - Mount Shasta Retreats
  • Mt. Shasta General Plan & Vision Survey
  • Cannabis and the Environment
  • Candidate and Campaign Staff Training
  • Ecosystem Services Infographic
  • Where to Find us this Month!
  • What We've Been Reading
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Love’s Truck Stop in Weed - Draft EIR Comments Due July 30

The City of Weed has released the draft EIR for the massive Love’s Truck Stop proposed for the east side of the Vista Drive (formerly South Weed) I-5 freeway exit. Unless dates change, comments are due July 30, and a Weed Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for August 15.

The development will greatly impact nearby meadows, and is strongly opposed by many Hammond Ranch residents as detrimental to their residential quality of life. These residents have created a Facebook group to provide more information and encourage comments. We appreciate the efforts of these citizens, and will also offer comments in opposition to this unwise proposal.

It’s puzzling that the city would encourage such an old-school model at a time when the trucking industry faces imminent disruption from the advent of self-driving trucks. One study estimates 1.5 million trucking jobs (85%) could be lost by 2027. And, it’s likely that remaining jobs will be located in urban centers near ports, not here.

Please stay informed - we will work with these citizens to disseminate facts and help you prepare and voice your comments as these deadlines approach.

Become a Mountain Patron!

Shall We Go to Japan?

Shortly, we plan to launch a new way for individual supporters far and wide to support our work each month and gain new benefits through becoming a “Mountain Patron”.

There will be different levels, ranging from the simple “Interstate 5 Off Ramp” through the “Headwaters”, “Sand Flat”, “Bunny Flat”, “Panther Meadows”, “Summit” and finally the ultimate “Beam Me Up” giving opportunities. We’re still organizing the benefits, special perks and other rewards we’ll provide for each level. It’s a way to stay engaged, so stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks.

Of course we’ll continue to participate in November’s “Giving Tuesday” community campaign for year-end donations - and we can absolutely always accept checks of any amount (best for us - no processing fees!) mailed to our office at PO Box 1143, Mount Shasta, CA 96067.

Finally, we are working with Global Exchange’s Reality Tours staff to create a special Mt. Shasta to Mt. Fuji tour of Japan. Our goal is to establish relationships and learn more about that country’s environmental challenges and solutions. We can visit our local water that’s been shipped there! The cost should be relatively reasonable, and will take place either this October or the following spring.

If you are interested, or if you are an experienced Japan traveler with great must-see ideas (hmm...hot springs!), please contact us - that will help with the planning. More announcements coming soon!

Lassen Substation CPUC Hearing

On Friday, June 8, community members spoke and presented written comments at the California Public Utility Commission’s hearing on proposed upgrades to the Lassen Substation. There was wide agreement the project is needed; however, most commenters expressed strong support for making sure Crystal Geyser pays its fair share of the power system upgrade costs. Since the company still refuses to tell the community how much water it plans to take, assigning those costs will be a difficult challenge for the CPUC.

Other community concerns included greater risks of wildfires from above-ground power lines. Not only that, but the proposed power lines are an eyesore.

You can read MSBEC’s comment letter here. You may still send additional comments about this project to the CPUC address and reference number listed on our letter.

Sponsor Spotlight!
Andrew Oser of 
Mount Shasta Retreats

Andrew Oser has been guiding retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982.
He offers customized retreats for individuals, couples, and groups, and has always given to non-profits who fight to keep the mountain pristine and protect our beautiful bioregion.

We are proud to have Mount Shasta Retreats as a business sponsor this year. Andrew has been helping us fulfill our mission for nearly 30 years!

Whether you are from the area, visiting from far away or want to bring friends and family on a unique experience, Mount Shasta Retreats spiritual retreat or tour will transform your life. He guides clients in receiving the gifts Mount Shasta offers and building a bridge to their lives back home.

For more information visit the website: http://www.mountshastaretreat.net/

Mt. Shasta General Plan & Visioning Survey

On June 19, we attended Mt. Shasta City Planner Juliana Lucchesi’s initial General Plan Scoping presentation before the city Planning Commission. She provided an overview of the plan, and discussed required Land Use, Circulation (Transportation & Utilities) and Housing elements which must be included.

Her staff report can be found under agenda item #6 (pages 16-23) in that evening’s meeting packet available here. Highly interested citizens may also view this meeting online on the city’s Ustream channel (to be posted soon). The Planning Department’s General Plan web page includes a link to PowerPoint slides from the first meeting presentation.

There will be two additional presentations covering additional plan elements, scheduled for the July 17 and August 21 planning commission meetings, both 6-8 pm in the Mt. Shasta City Park Upper Lodge. Please share these events with anyone interested, whether within or outside the city limits.

Also, as part of this process you can provide input via a new General Plan Visioning Survey which can be submitted either online or in writing. Often people want to revisit planning issues later, which were previously decided - now is the time to voice your thoughts. The city is listening!

Cannabis and the Environment: Fact vs Fiction

Siskiyou County government has resisted new laws allowing medicinal and adult use of cannabis, though south county cities have taken a more nuanced approach. Recently, anti-cannabis local officials presented concerns about the environmental effects of illegal growing operations.

We looked first as always to see what the science tells us - and it says they’re right! This is in fact a well documented problem, with negative land and water usage issues, and even pesticide poisoning of wildlife.

Yet that’s just part of the story. We want to see effective approaches that will actually solve the problems. As long as there’s uncertainty, a mixed and changing legal situation, and high tax and regulatory costs, incentives for ignoring environmental laws will continue to exist.

Please see MSBEC’s cannabis regulation policy statement, advocating a middle way that will both protect the environment and support the positive, sustainable contributions well-managed cannabis cultivation can make to our local economy.

Register to Vote!
Attend candidate and campaign staff training workshops in Nevada County

We strongly encourage all eligible citizens to make sure they are properly registered to vote - the elections this November will be crucial. Here’s more information - you can check with the Siskiyou County Clerk if you have any questions on your registration or how to vote. Please consider getting involved in campaigns and helping to register and engage voters between now and the October 22 registration deadline.

Or you could become a candidate yourself! The local candidate filing period is between July 16 and August 10. Many local offices, including school districts, special districts and cities need good candidates. Three city council persons will be elected in Weed and Dunsmuir, and two seats are open on the Mt. Shasta council.

Those interested may attend two informative trainings in Grass Valley entitled “Run for Something” for prospective board and council candidates on July 10, 6:30 to 9 pm (reserve by July 7) and another “Campaign Workshop” for candidates and potential campaign staff on July 28 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (reserve by July 17). More details and online registration is available here. Carpools are just waiting for you to organize them!

Where to find us this month:
July 14
Nature Walk

Elsa Rupp Nature Study Area
July 21
Trail Town Celebration

Downtown Mt. Shasta
From 9:30am to 11:00am we'll walk along a beautiful shady trail that crosses Big Springs Creek.  During the walk  we will learn about local herbs that can improve our health. We will take a close look at Yarrow. This smart herb can both clot blood and improve circulation. We will also see Yellow Dock, whose yellow roots grow in the muddy creek bank and can help us digest our food better.  Free event! All people are welcome. Bring a water bottle, dress appropriately for weather, and come join others in your community who enjoy connecting with nature! **Meet outside in front of Sisson Museum.**
Join us to celebrate the City of Mt. Shasta becoming an official Pacific Crest Trail Town! From 12 to 9pm in downtown Mt. Shasta there will be activities with family-friendly booths, demos, live music and much more. We'll be there talking about the different fauna and flora that can found in our local area of the PCT, like the manzanita pictured above. We'll have a family friendly activity for people to preserve and bring home the different herbs, flowers, and plants if they wish to! Additionally, we'll showcasing new swag for sale at this event! 

What We've Been Reading...

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Could Reshape the Environment from the Atlantic
A new justice will likely weaken the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.


A Breath of Bad Air: Cost of the Trump Environmental Agenda May Lead to 80 000 Extra Deaths per Decade from the Journal of the American Medical Association
Harvard researchers estimate the toll the administration’s attacks on environmental protections will cause.

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CALENDAR LISTINGS
 
7/10 Run for Something - Candidate and campaign staff workshop - Grass Valley - 6:30 to 9 pm (reserve by July 7) and July 28 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (reserve by July 17). More details and online registration is available here.
7/14 Family Nature Walk - Elsa Rupp Nature Study Area. Meet at 9:30am in front of Sisson Museum: 1 Old Stage Rd. Mt. Shasta. Join the Ecology Center and Bear Wallow Herbs for a peaceful, easy walk where we'll identify useful plants. 9:30 - 11:00AM FREE Be sure to dress appropriately and bring water. Click here for more information
7/17 City of Mt. Shasta General Plan & Scoping Meeting - This is the 2nd of three sessions. 6 - 8PM at 1315 Nixon Rd. Mt Shasta. For more information click here.
7/21 Mt. Shasta Trail Town Celebratio - An all day event to celebrate Mt. Shasta becoming a Pacific Crest Trail Town! From 8am to 9pm the event is free. Please click here for more information.
7/22  Boundary Springs Trail Hike - Join KS Wild's Michael Dotson and Rogue Riverkeeper's Robyn Janssen on a moderately-strenuous 5 mile round trip hike to the Boundary Springs (the headwaters of the Rogue River). 10am to 4pm. Click here for more information.
7/30  Love's Truck Stop Draft EIR Comments Due - All comments are due by 5pm and to be sent to: Ron Stock, City Manager Phone: (530) 938-5020 Email: stock@ci.weed.ca.us The draft EIR can be found here.
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