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Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River, hosts this episode about the abrupt abolition of the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group (TAMWG). TAMWG was a federal advisory committee made up of local landowners, scientists, and business owners who provided oversight for the Trinity River Restoration Program. The decision to dissolve the committee appears to have come from high level Department of Interior officials.Scott is joined by Darren Mierau, North Coast Director for CalTrout, and Tom Stokley, Consultant to the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen Associations. Read Will Houston's article in the Eureka Times Standard for more information.

Friends of the Eel River board member Craig Tucker hosts a discussion about cannabis cultivation impacts and proposed local regulations with FOER Conservation Director Scott Greacen.Learn more about our views on effective cannabis regulation, or read our comments on Humboldt County's commercial cannabis EIR.
"We have this wonderful habitat at the headwaters, which is fed most of the year by snowmelt, and the fish can't get there"Friends of the Eel River discuss the Eel River (de)licensing process which began in April and is expected to last at least 5 years. Scott Greacen hosts and is joined by Bay Area Director David Keller and our new Executive Director Stephanie Tidwell.Click here to learn more about Eel River damswhy they should be removed, and what we are doing about it.
Federal prosecutors in Nevada have again failed to secure convictions against right wing militia supporters who were facing up to 100-year prison terms for assault on federal officers, conspiracy, and other crimes related to the April 12 2014 stand-off at Bunkerville Nevada where BLM officers tried to impound Cliven Bundy’s cows over his refusal to pay federal grazing fees.Scott Greacen is joined by guests Dan Barton, wildlife professor at Humboldt State University; and Scott Bellows, Portland-based writer, mediator, and former trial lawyer & prosecutor. Tune in for a discussion of what happened, why it matters, and where it leaves those of us seeking justice in the American West.Click here to read Dan Barton's essays about Malheur.Click here to read Tay Wiles's article in High Country News, "Why the Bundy Crew Keeps Winning in Court".
"More recent research has shown that there were evolutionary events millions of years ago that caused this divergence. They were random events and they're not, as you might imagine, likely to happen again in any reasonable time scale. Once those fish are gone, their genotype is gone". Samatha Kannry talks about pre-mature migrating fish like spring chinook and summer steelhead, how their genetic variance evolved, and why they are more vulnerable to human induced changes to habitat than their later-run cousins.
Now is your chance to get involved in Eel River dam removal. Join host Alicia Hamann, Administrative Director for Friends of the Eel River and guests Scott Greacen, and Samatha Kannry, to learn about the Eel River dams' impact to native fish. Click here to submit comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by August 4.

"When you impact nearly the entire span of their life history, all the different habitat needs that they have, over time it's going to take a toll, and that's where we are with coho salmon. We've gone through major epics of timber harvest...most recently its been the water withdrawals and the drought."
  Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River and Darren Mierau of California Trout continue their conversation about salmon and steelhead decline in northwestern California. Tune in to learn about the unique genetics of summer steelhead, threats to imperiled coho, and how dam removal on the Eel River could benefit native fish.

Learn about the key drivers of salmon and steelhead decline in the Eel River.Scott Greacen, Executive Director for Friends of the Eel River and Darren Mierau, North Coast Program Director for California Trout discuss a new report from CalTrout and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences - State of Salmonids 2: Fish in Hot Water.

Friends of the Eel River's Executive Director Scott Greacen and Admin Director Alicia Hamann discuss the State of Salmonids Report just published by California Trout and UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. Salmonids in California have been struggling for decades and this study suggests 75% of California salmonids are likely to go extinct in the next century. Scott and Alicia also discuss our opportunity to get the Eel River dams decommissioned and removed, and reflect on the California Supreme Court hearing, video of which is now available on our website.

Scott Greacen and Alicia Hamann of Friends of the Eel River discuss long-term threats to the Eel River. Friends of the Eel River's case challenging the North Coast Railroad Authority comes before the California Supreme Court this week – and the Eel River dams are now up for federal relicensing. Meanwhile, Scott attended a dedication ceremony last weekend for the project that will restore fish passage to Woodman Creek blocked by construction of the railroad a century ago.

The Humboldt County and National Marches for Science are planned for Saturday, April 22! Listen as Scott Greacen discusses the marches anti-science policies that have sparked them with guests Jessica Hobba, science educator and board member for Mad River Alliance, and fisheries biologist Ross Taylor. Click here to learn more about the Humboldt County Science Expo and March, taking place in Arcata from 9am - 4pm.

Scott Greacen, talks with Mikal Jakubal, long-time activist and filmmaker, about recent damage at the Oroville Dam and how those events shed light on broader questions about aging dams and flood-control infrastructure.

Host Scott Greacen and guest Darren Mireau, Regional Director for California Trout, discuss projects on the Eel River and it's incredible potential as a major salmon and steelhead fishery.

Scott Greacen interviews Craig Tucker, Natural Resource Policy Advocate for the Karuk Tribe, about the Klamath Dam removal process and dam removal in the west under the incoming administration.

Scott Greacen and David Keller, FOER's Executive Director and Bay Area Director, discuss Sonoma County Water Agency's Fish Flows Project - changing flows in the Russian River to better protect salmon & steelhead - and how flows in the Eel River could be affected. Click here to learn more and submit comments to Sonoma County Water Agency requesting Russian River flows be modeled without Eel River water.

(PART 4) Scott Greacen hosts a discussion of the stunning verdict for seven defendants from the armed occupation of Malheur Wildlife Refuge - what happened, why, what comes next, and what this may mean for US public lands & the people who manage and enjoy them. Joining the conversation are Dan Barton, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University; and Scott Bellows, Portland-based writer, mediator, and former trial lawyer & prosecutor.

Scott Greacen is joined Larry Glass, Executive Director of the Northcoast Environmental Center and Safe Alternative for our Forest Environment, for a discussion on the politics of cannabis legalization and regulation, particularly as they pertain to watershed and wildlife impacts.

Scott Greacen interviews Konrad Fisher of Klamath Riverkeeper about efforts to protect and restore Klamath River flows and water quality, to protect salmonid fisheries, progress toward dam removal, and enforcement efforts.

(PART 3) Scott Greacen and Dan Barton, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University, continue their discussion of the armed occupation of Malheur Wildlife Refuge in early 2016 with an update on some of the principal players involved.Dan is the author of a series of three essays about Malheur and the occupation - What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Me), What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Us), What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Them).

Scott Greacen talks with Erik Loomis, author and Professor of history at University of Rhode Island, about his new book Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and Pacific Northwest Forests. Learn more about Empire of Timber here.

Scott Greacen interviews Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, about a proposal to reintroduce Grizzly Bears to California. Some resources mentioned in this interview include BringBacktheBears.org; this multimedia article by Craig Miller, Move to Return Grizzly Bears to California Will be an Uphill Push; and this opinion piece by Jason Mark,It's Time to Bring the Grizzly Bear Back to California.

(PART 2) Scott Greacen and Dan Barton continue a discussion of the armed takeover at Malheur Wildlife Refuge.Dan is the author of a series of three essays about Malheur and the occupation - What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Me), What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Us), What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Them).

(PART 1) Scott Greacen and guest Dan Barton, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University, discuss Malheur Wildlife Refuge; its significant history for first peoples, its importance as a bird sanctuary and the largest freshwater marsh in the continental US, and the armed occupation through most of January and February. They further discuss the ideologies and prior threats and acts of violence leading up to the armed occupation, as well as a history of wildlife conservation.Dan is the author of a series of three essays about Malheur and the occupation - What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Me), What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Us), What Harney County and the Malheur Occupation Means (to Them).

Scott Greacen discusses the demise of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement with guest Craig Tucker, Natural Resource Policy Advocate for the Karuk Tribe. On January 25 and 26 the State Water Board is holding Public scoping meetings to receive written and oral comments on the EIR for PacifiCorp's water quality permit application, necessary for a license renewal from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Scott Greacen is joined by Eli Asarian, principal hydrologist with Riverbend Sciences to discuss his latest report Long-Term Streamflow and Precipitation Trends in the Eel River Basin. Listen to learn why our watersheds appear to have been losing water over the past century and what low streamflow means for imperiled salmonids in the time of climate change.

Scott Greacen is joined by Steven Evans, Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Consultant for Friends of the River, for a discussion of water use legislation and associated habitat impacts. Tune in to learn about central valley land subsidence and why unregulated groundwater is a problem, why it is important to pay attention to the disappearance of the Delta Smelt, and details of problematic legislation HR 2898, which promises to take authority for natural resource management away from agencies staffed by field experts and give it to congress.

Scott Greacen is joined by Matt St. John, Executive Director of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCWQCB) and Cris Carrigan, Director of the State Water Board Office of Enforcement, for a discussion of marijuana impacts and the draft permit program proposed by the NCWQCB currently receiving public comment. The draft for public review is available here. The deadline to receive comments is June 8.

Scott Greacen interviews Tom Stokely, water policy analyst for California Water Impact Network (CWIN) about Governor Brown’s Delta Twin Tunnels project and how it poses a threat to the delta ecosystem and north coast water sources.

Scott Greacen and guest Dan Ehresman, executive director of the Northcoast Environmental Center, discuss the marijuana ordinance proposed by California Cannabis Voice Humboldt (CCVH). CCVH recently made a presentation to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors of their proposed ordinance. We are left wondering if the social and environmental issues of marijuana cultivation are actually being addressed by this ordinance, and whether it provides for the proper boost to infrastructure or resources to regulate and monitor increased cultivation activity.

Scott Greacen hosts a discussion of water use and the status of Coho salmon with guests Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of Salmonid Restoration Federation; Julie Weeder, North Central California Coast Recovery Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries; and Tom Hicks, attorney and author of Water Education Foundation’s Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law.

Scott Greacen interviews Julie Weeder, Recovery Coordinator for the Northern California office of National Marine Fisheries Service, about the recently release final draft of the Coho Recovery Plan.

Scott Greacen discusses the proposal to list the Pacific Fisher under the endangered species act with guests Mourad Gabriel of the Integral Ecology Research Center and Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity. The Pacific Fisher has been under consideration for protection since 2004, listen to learn about the lengthy process and some of the factors contributing to decline of the species. Near the end of the program, Scott is joined by Theresa May, author of Salmon is Everything: Community-Based Theater in the Klamath Watershed, to chat about her book and upcoming signings.

Dan Ehresman hosts with guest Scott Greacen. Dan and Scott discuss the severely low rivers, drought in the context of climate change, and how our collective choices and efforts towards change will make the greatest differences for the future of our planet. They also discuss two major river systems, the Klamath and the Eel, and compare their needs and the routes to recovery.

Scott Greacen discusses the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act along with Ryan Henson, senior policy director for the California Wilderness Coalition. Tune in to learn about what Wilderness designation means, how it came about, and who manages our public land. Did you know that 45% of the land in California is managed by federal land management agencies? Wow – that’s a lot of wild land!

Scott Greacen and guest Don McEnhill, Executive Director for Russian Riverkeeper, discuss how a recent ruling strengthens the public’s ability to control water diversions for wildlife protection.

Scott Greacen and guest Monte Merrick, co-director of the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and Bird Ally X discuss the vulnerability of baby birds in the spring time, and how to watch out for our feathered friends.

Scott Greacen is joined by guest Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director for the Center for Biological Diversity. They discuss a new paper published in Science – The Biodiversity of Species and Their Rates of Extinction, Distribution, and Protection. Listen for insights as to what species are most vulnerable, why, and what can be done.

Scott Greacen and guest Craig Tucker, Klamath Coordinator for the Karuk Tribe, discuss removal of four dams on the Klamath River.

Scott Greacen and guest Mikal Jakubal discuss the new film Damnation, and Jakubal’s protest actions on the Elwha River Glines Canyon dam featured in the film.

Scott Greacen is joined by Hezekiah Allen, representing Humboldt County Conservation Action (HCCA), for a discussion about fracking in California. Listen and learn about scientific studies that reveal potential for concern, and the statewide political landscape around fracking.

Scott Greacen is interviewed by Jen Savage of the Northcoast Environmental Center about Friends of the Eel River’s upcoming symposium on drought and resilience.

Scott Greacen is joined by Mike Furniss for a discussion of climate change, drought, and the natural forces that create those conditions. Mike is a hydrologist, now retired, with the US forest service Redwood Sciences Lab who works on climate vulnerability assessment and watershed management around the globe. Transcript available here.

Scott Greacen interviews Doreen Hansen, watershed coordinator for the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District, about the recently completed Salt River project on the lower Eel River.

Scott Greacen is joined by Dr. Daniel Schindler for a discussion of the proposed pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska – the world’s largest salmon fishery – and the associated environmental concerns.

Scott Greacen discusses the challenges of coho salmon survival in the Mattole, and new restoration projects with Sungnome Madrone of the Mattole Salmon Group.

Scott Greacen talks with Dana Stolzman of Salmonid Restoration Federation about water rights.

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Host Scott Greacen is joined by several guests, including Dana Stoltzman of Salmonid Restoration Federation, Dan Ehresman of the Northcoast Environmental Center, and David Keller, bay-area director for Friends of the Eel River. Dana reminds us that SRF still provides technical assistance for managing water use, tools for calculating your use, and coordination of tributary associations and bulk water tank purchases. You can reach SRF at water@calsalmon.org or 707-923-7501. Dan and Scott talk about the public forum on marijuana legalization and regulation in Garberville at the end of May. Dan mentions that environmental issues were brushed over, and that there are harmful practices occurring both on trespass grows and private property. Finally, David and Scott talk about the proposed asphalt plan on Outlet Creek and the petition for environmental review, Friends of the Eel River’s case against the North Coast Railroad Authority, and recent approved variance for flows at the Potter Valley Project. Remember – you can contribute to Friends of Outlet Creek by sending a donation to the Willits Environmental Center, 630 South Main Street, Willits CA 95490. Specify that your donation is for Friends of Outlet Creek and that you are participating in the Friends of the Eel River matching donation. We will match up to $500!

Scott Greacen and David Keller, Executive Director and Bay Area Director for Friends of the Eel River discuss a recent proposal that could reduce flows from the Potter Valley Project into the mainstem Eel River from roughly 100cfs to as little as 9cfs. Scott and David also discuss the rudimentary and crude review process by which the Mendocino Board of Supervisors approved development of an Asphalt plant in the Outlet Creek floodplain. Friends of Outlet Creek has filed a complaint in Mendocino Superior court, claiming the need for an EIR. If you are able, you can send support for this important cause to the Willits Environmental Center, 630 S. Main Street, Willits CA 95490 – mark your funds for Friends of Outlet Creek. Tom Wheeler, Program and Legal Coordinator for the EPIC joins near the end of the show to discuss the North Coast Water Quality Control Board’s proposed waiver for marijuana cultivation. A draft for public review is available here, comments are due June 8.

Scott Greacen is joined by several guests. David Keller, Friends of the Eel River (FOER) Bay Area Director discusses The Russian River: All Rivers, The Value of an American Watershed, a film he was featured in that FOER and the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) are screening on April 16. David and Scott also discuss our lawsuit against the North Coast Railroad Authority, which will be heard by the CA Supreme Court this year. Dan Ehresman, Executive Director of the NEC joins the show and speaks about the recent Symposium on Marijuana and the Environment hosted by the Emerald Growers Association and the Drug Policy Alliance, and how to grow responsibly. Tom Wheeler, Program and Legal Coordinator for the Environmental Protection Information Center, joins near the end to discuss the denial of ESA listing for the Humboldt Marten.

Scott Greacen outlines the dire condition of Coho in the South Fork of the Eel River – extinction is more likely than not. He is joined by Natalynne DeLapp, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center and Dan Ehresman, Executive Director of the Northcoast Environmental Center, to discuss some problems with California Cannabis Voice’s draft marijuana cultivation ordinance. Two major problems are the lack of mechanisms for environmental regulation or revenue generation.

Scott Greacen hosts a discussion about the impacts of drought and diversions on coho salmon, as well as the importance of storing water with guests Bob Froehlich and Mikal Jakubal. Listen for Mikal’s testimony as a rain-water user, and learn tips about creating water storage for your property in small steps.

Host Scott Greacen is joined by Dana Stolzman of Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) for a discussion of drought in California and lessons we can learn from Australia’s 12-year drought. Tasha McKee of Sanctuary Forest joins the discussion and provides an update on their storage and forbearance program in the Mattole – it is going well and keeping water in the creek! Julie Weeder joins in the second half of the show to discuss NOAA Fisheries’ recently released SONCC Coho Recovery Plan.


Friends of the Eel River's Conservation Director Scott Greacen discusses the latest developments in our case against the North Coast Railroad Authority. After losing at the California Supreme Court, the NCRA hired a DC-based law firm and requested a time extension to apply for review from the Supreme Court. Tune in to hear about how the NCRA's unwillingness to follow state law has impacted local trail building efforts, and what might happen in the unlikely event of SCOTUS review.

From KMUD News:
Last Week, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of two environmental groups in a case against the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA). In the most recent suit, brought forth by Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, the court agreed that the NCRA must comply with environmental review requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The NCRA argued that CEQA did not apply in this case because of federal laws which govern railroads. Isabella Vanderheiden brings you the details...

Hosts Cliff Berkowitz and Emily Sinkhorn discuss the recent California Supreme Court decision in Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics versus North Coast Railroad Authority with guest Scott Greacen, Executive Director for Friends of the Eel River.

In November, Californians will vote on Proposition 64, which seeks to legalize marijuana use for adults age 21 and older. This could mean big changes in Humboldt County, where an estimated quarter of the county’s economy is marijuana-related. The illegal industry involves more than a fifth of county residents and funds everything from schools to fire truck. In this hour of Forum, our first in a series of shows dedicated to Prop. 64, we discuss how legalization would change Humboldt’s culture and economy.Guests: Hezekiah Allen, executive director, California Growers Association; Scott Greacen, executive director, Friends of the Eel River; Hank Sims, editor, Lost Coast Outpost (Humboldt County news site); Fred Krissman, research associate, Humboldt State University’s anthropology department & Humboldt’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research; William Honsal, undersheriff, Humboldt County

Jefferson Public Radio’s Geoffrey Riley of The Jefferson Exchange discusses pot versus fish in California waters with Friends of the Eel River Executive Director Scott Greacen.

Host Dennis Huber discusses water use and environmental impacts with Scott Greacen, Sara Schremmer of Salmonid Restoration Federation, and Tasha McKee of Sanctuary Forest.

Host Paul Mann, Humboldt State University’s Senior News and Information Officer discusses environmental impacts and social issues associated with the marijuana industry in Northern California. He is joined by guests Scott Greacen; Gregg Gold, Professor of Psychology at Humboldt State University and Chair of the North Group Sierra Club; and Kevin Hoover, editor of The Arcata Eye.

Scott Greacen and KHSU’s Brenda Starr talk about the environmental impacts of marijuana cultivation and potential solutions.

A discussion of marijuana cultivation impacts on the environment, hosted by Dave Iverson with guests Anthony Silvaggio, environmental sociologist with Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research; Charley Custer, marijuana grower and co-founder of the Tea House Collective; Mike Jakubal, documentary filmmaker and environmental activist; Scott Bauer, environmental scientist for California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and Scott Greacen, executive director of Friends of the Eel River.