The Carbon Gatherer - John Wick a California Cattle Rancher
How to Grow a Forest Really, Really Fast
Two bits on the positive front:
The Carbon Gatherer - John Wick a California Cattle Rancher
How to Grow a Forest Really, Really Fast
I ran across this article this evening after we had touched on the topic at our Transition meeting. I thought you might be interested.
Peace from Peace Lane,
Hope, love and peace will bring prosperity.
Dear Chuckanut Transition supporters:
I know about the deep commitment your group has for sustainable living in our beautiful Skagit region, and so it strikes me that you might know someone who is searching for a property where they can be stewards of nature and live out their dream.
Our 5 acres in Birdsview might be off the radar for many people, since we are up the Skagit River almost to Concrete. I hope you won’t mind this unconventional approach to spread the word about our home for sale. This property is simply is too fantastic to slip by unnoticed.
The property is at 8263 Emmanuel Lane, Concrete, and has:
- 360 feet of gorgeous frontage on salmon-bearing Grandy Creek
- fertile and sunny gardens
- open fields with pasture possibilities
- mountain views, woodlands and trails with wildlife galore
- a bright, open-feeling house, built in 1997, with 2 bedrooms
- a 2-bay garage with shop space and wood-burning stove
The listing can be seen at:
8263 Emmanuel Lane, Concrete WA 98237
MLS # 748235It has been listed at $259,900.
Visits to see the property are coordinated through real estate agents only, please.
Thank you for your interest and your patience with this unconventional approach!
Notes from the Preliminary Community Emergency Preparedness Meeting held March 19th at the Alger Community Hall
Notes from Preliminary Community Emergency Preparedness Meeting
Goal: To find out if there is interest and willingness to creating small but comprehensive community plan in case of natural or man made disasters for the first 72 hours after an event.
This being a preliminary meeting we kept our agenda loose, keeping lots of room for feedback and discussion. Here were the points discussed:
1. How do we communicate?
To the meeting, David Skrinde, Alger Volunteer Fire Department Chief, brought a map of the area fire districts found within the Samish Watershed. Our target area extends from the northern Lake Samish and Cain Lake communities to the south boundary cut by the Samish River. The east boundary is defined by Highway 9 and west boundary defined by the shoreline. Our goal is to network the neighborhoods located throughout the four different fire districts found in the Samish Watershed. The first thing we did at the meeting was have those in attendance mark where there home is on the map. After a group discussion, it came out that a good goal/strategy would be to facilitate the formation of neighborhood teams and leaders. This is a strategy FEMA promotes and there may be potential online resources to help organize. The concept is that each neighborhood would be in charge of creating a phone tree and compiling important information regarding needs and resources. For example, neighbors would compile a list of those who would need extra attention (elderly, disabled, those on medication, etc.), those who have resources/equipment (like tractors, chainsaws, etc.), and those who have skills (first aid, ham radio operator, etc.). Each neighborhood would then assign one or two point contact leads who would be networked within a larger emergency response network that includes the area’s fire halls and other emergency agencies.
Chet and Nela Bradley, long time ham radio operators attended the meeting. They explained how we could create more resilient forms of communication by connecting with those who are a part of the ham radio club of Burlington. Chet and Nela also explained about Citizen Emergency Response Training (CERT) and many in attendance committed to becoming CERT certified.
Dave Shields of Community Action of Skagit County Food Bank Distribution Center in Sedro Woolley was also there representing the interests of the food banks and a larger county wide disaster preparation program.
Members of the Alger Community Hall also discussed the possibility of becoming a Red Cross shelter site and finding grants to convert the kitchen into a commercial kitchen so we could feed the public in case of emergency. Ideas will be discussed at the next Alger Community Hall board meeting.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 21 - 6:30 - 7:30 at the Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane
Notes submitted by Sarai Stevens - March, 2015
Notes from February's Transition Fidalgo's 7th Generation Supper Presentation on "Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Northwest"
February's Transition Fidalgo & Friends Seventh Generation Supper Presentation:
"Climate Change Impacts in the Pacific Northwest"
Eric Shen updated us on what we can expect locally from climate change. He noted that projections are for a 3.3F-9.7F temperature rise by 2070-2099. The low-end projection is based on pulling out all the stops to reduce emissions; the high-end projection reflects business as usual. Water will be a big problem for our area. Winter precipitation will be much more likely to fall as rain, as is happening this year (less than 50% of normal snowpack so far in the mountains - if that trend continues, it will be the lowest in 66 years). Decreased snowpack points to drier summers, which can bring a number of problems: more and worse wildfires, impacts on salmon (scouring of stream beds when salmon eggs are hatching; flooding young salmon out to the ocean before they're ready, which can lead to a huge mortality rate; warm streamflows for a cold-water fish).
Sea level rise (SLR) will be highest in So. Puget Sound (SLR for various areas differs when the rebound from land masses once depressed by a mile of ice is factored in). Scientists estimate that a 2-5 feet rise is the most likely range by 2100 (right now we're trending at the models' highest simulations). SLR in our area is exacerbated by how much surge we get in a storm event; these storms will cause greater damage by erosion, landslides in bluff areas, damage to coastal train routes. For a good review of what is expected with SLR/storm surge in our area, Eric suggested reviewing the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative. Other water issues here include ocean acidification, which compromises the shell-building capacity of saltwater creatures that form the base of the oceanic food chain, and of shellfish, which are the base of local industry; the appearance of new, warm-water species, such as the giant sunfishes that appeared off our coast last summer; and more toxic algal blooms.
Eric stressed that climate change is human-driven and that the extent of the impacts we'll be forced to contend with depend on our behavior. He noted that many scientists feel that it is still possible to avoid the worst effects of climate change, and it is our responsibility to pass on a survivable planet to future generations. We grew up in a time of abundance, when the population was only about 2.5 billion. We're now at 7.2 billion people and heading toward 11 billion. Eric feels that by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and overuse of resources, we can buy time to develop technological solutions to the climate crisis. He said there are many possibilities on the horizon, and that it's critical to avoid the "point of no return" by drastically cutting emissions to give those possibilities a chance to bear fruit. He cited a few things people can do: green use of electricity and transportation (carpool, walk, bike, use public transit, and don't fly - there is nothing you can do that emits more CO2 faster and more directly into the atmosphere than flying).
submitted by E. Adams
Next month's Supper: See you Tuesday, March 31, when Lee First of RE Sources will speak about the impacts of urban stormwater and proposed solutions.
Hello everyone! Note forwarded email from Brady Green with info from his latest steelhead survey results from March 4th (Silver Creek & Bear Creek). Happy weekend and best fishes!
Skagit Conservation District
(360) 428-4313From: BGreen5645@aol.com
Sent: 3/5/2015 2:33:17 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: 3/4/2015 Silver Cr. Bear Cr. STHD Surveys
Kurt - Here are my steelhead spawner survey results from yesterday.
Flow Conditions: low flow & clear
0 Live Steelhead, 1 Steelhead Redd (between Hwy 99 Bridge and Alger-Cain Lake Rd. Bridge)
Silver Cr. @ Hwy 99 Bridge = 41.0 F (Air Temp. 42.9 F @ 10:05am)
Silver Cr. at upper end of Index = 42.0 F (@ 11:20 am)
Silver Cr. immediately upstream from Friday Cr. confluence = 43.1 F (@12:14 pm)
Friday Cr. immediately above Silver Cr. confluence = 43.3 F (@12:17pm)
Flow Conditions: low & clear
0 Live Steelhead, 2 Steelhead Redds (1 below and 2 above Lake Samish Rd. Bridge)
Bear Cr. @ Lake Samish Rd. Bridge = 42.2 F (@12:52pm) (Air Temp. = 48.0 F @ 12:50pm)
Friday Creek immediately upstream from Bear Cr. confluence = 47.6 F (1:30pm)
SF Bear Cr. = 43.8 F (@2:20pm)
NF Bear Cr. = 42.3 F (@2:27pm)
NOTE: Lots more salmon fry (1-2 inches) in pools and channel margins in Bear Cr. and a upper Silver Cr.
D. Brady Green
8194 Skagit Way
Blaine, WA 98230-9554
Off Ph: 360-738-6496
Cell Ph: 360-201-5528
Perhaps you saw this already, but this father and son in Australia have developed a bee hive which has a tap that lets you get the honey just by turning on the tap and letting the honey flow out of the hive.
They were planning on raising $70,000 to start production and they’ve already raised over 3 and a half million dollars.
They are targeting a December 2015 ship date, so I’m thinking that by mid to late 2016, there will enough reviews in to know if it works as well as they claim.
With snowpack in Washington at near record lows, Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a drought on the Olympic Peninsula, on the east side of the central Cascade Mountains including Yakima and Wenatchee, and the Walla Walla region. The governor’s announcement and information on Ecology’s drought response plan are available on the Ecology’s Washington Drought 2015 Website.
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