Mendocino County Museum’s Mushroom, Wine & Beer Camp An Outdoor Tasting Adventure!

Mendocino County Museum’s
Mushroom, Wine & Beer Camp
An Outdoor Tasting Adventure!

On Saturday, November 5, 12-5 pm, celebrate mushroom season with an outdoor tasting adventure! Mendocino County Museum’s Mushroom, Wine & Beer Camp at Wente Scout Reservation features a mushroom themed culinary cook-off with top chefs, wine & beer tasting, mushroom walks, classes, music and more. All proceeds benefit the Mendocino County Museum.

For more information, please visit www.MendocinoMuseum.org or call 459-2736.

Mendocino County Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

RELEASE DATE:
October 19, 2016
Mendocino County Burn Permit Suspension Lifted
Willits– Effective Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 12:01 A.M. the burn permit suspension in Mendocino County will be lifted. CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissive burn days.
While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fifth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.
CAL FIRE burn permits will be required until the end of fire season. Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. Recorded Burn Day status is available 24/7 on the Burn Information Line at (707) 463-4391. The 2016 Fire Season has not yet been declared closed, so burn permits are still required. Residents who obtained a CAL FIRE burn permit last spring are advised to check the date on their permit to ensure it is still valid. Burn permits can be obtained at CAL FIRE’s Howard Forest Headquarters (707-459-7414) 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday or at your local CAL FIRE facility.
Pile Burning Requirements
 Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
 The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
 Do NOT burn on windy days.
 Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
 Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
 Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
 An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.
For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.
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Mendocino Unit
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Mendocino National Forest to offer Christmas tree permits starting Nov. 1st

Mendocino National Forest to offer Christmas tree permits starting Nov. 1st
WILLOWS, Calif.; October 25, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at Mendocino National Forest offices starting Tuesday, Nov. 1 and continuing until Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Permits sell for $10.00 each with a limit of one permit per household. The number of permits is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits are good for this year only and trees can be cut and removed any day of the week through December 24. All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24, but will be open on Friday, Nov. 25.
As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit upon presenting a valid fourth grade pass. The pass allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. To obtain a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth grader must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and present their fourth grade pass or paper voucher. For more information about this initiative and how to obtain a fourth grade pass, please visit www.everykidinapark.gov.
Christmas tree permits will be available at the following:
Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s Office/Grindstone Ranger District Office 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988
(530) 934-3316 Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Stonyford Work Center 5171 Stonyford-Elk Creek Road, Stonyford, CA, 95979 (530) 963-3128 Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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Covelo Ranger Station 78150 Covelo Road, Covelo, CA 95428 (707) 983-6118 Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Upper Lake Ranger Station 10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake, CA 95485 (707) 275-2361 Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4:30 p.m.
Paskenta Work Station 13280 Paskenta Road, Paskenta, CA 96074 530-833-5544
Hours: Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 ONLY 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Permits may also be available from the following vendors; please call ahead to check:
Sacramento River Discovery Center – Red Bluff
(530) 524-1196
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Hi-Way Grocery – Upper Lake
(707) 275-2380
Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
M&M Feed and Supply – Covelo
(707) 983-6273
Monday – Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Keith’s Family Foods – Covelo
(707) 983-6633
Sunday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Individuals may also purchase a permit by mail. Mail-in requests received after December 14 will not be filled. The Mail Order Form is posted on the forest website: http://tinyurl.com/h8x4hwd.
Christmas tree cutting in the National Forest is managed as a recreational experience. It is a chance to take the family out into the woods and cut a tree the old-fashioned way. For more information, including tree cutting tips, please see the forest website http://tinyurl.com/h5o8h3h or call 530-934-3316.
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Mendocino NF seeking input on Black Butte River and Cold Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan

Mendocino NF seeking input on Black Butte River and Cold Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan
WILLOWS, Calif.; September 28, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The Mendocino National Forest is seeking input on the development of the Black Butte River and Cold Creek Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP). The CRMP will address how best to manage the river into the future.

The CRMP will focus on protecting the river’s free-flowing condition and water quality as well as the outstanding remarkable values and classification for which the river was designated. A CRMP is required by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 for each segment to provide for the protection of the river values. The three designated river segments on the Mendocino National Forest are:
·         16 miles of Black Butte River, from the Mendocino County Line to its confluence with Jumpoff Creek were designated as wild.
·         3.5 miles of the Black Butte River, from its confluence at Jumpoff Creek to its confluence with Middle Eel River were designated as scenic.
·         1.5 miles of Cold Creek, from the Mendocino County Line to its confluence with Black Butte River were designated as wild.

The forest is working on the initial steps needed to complete this plan and would like your input on these steps as well as on our approach and management actions. Comments will be most useful if they are received by October 28, 2016. Comments can be sent electronically via email, mailed or faxed. Comments may also be hand-delivered to the Upper Lake Ranger District from 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. The office is located at 10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake, CA 95485.

Please see more information on the forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mendocino/home/?cid=FSEPRD517563

Contact: Frank Aebly, Upper Lake District Ranger (707) 275-1401 or faebly@fs.fed.us
Mail: Frank Aebly, Black Butte River and Cold Creek CRMP, Upper Lake Ranger District, 10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake, CA 95485
Email: comments-pacificsouthwest-mendocino-upperlake@fs.fed.us
Fax: (707) 275-0676
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Mendocino National Forest to lift fire restrictions October 7

Mendocino National Forest to lift fire restrictions October 7

WILLOWS, Calif.; October 5, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Fire restrictions will be lifted on the Mendocino National Forest at 8:00 a.m. this Friday, October 7, Ann Carlson, Forest Supervisor announced today. This means, beginning Friday, forest visitors may once again have open campfires and camp stoves outside of designated campgrounds providing they are in possession of a valid California Campfire Permit.

Carlson said, “The cooler temperatures and some precipitation across the forest have reduced the threat of extreme fire danger. While restrictions are lifted, we always ask forest visitors to practice fire safety and remember to adhere to the following campfire guidelines.”

·         Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions.
·         Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out.
·         Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
·         Never leave your campfire unattended.
·         Avoid making a campfire during the windy part of the day.
·         To make sure your campfire is out, drown with water and stir, making
sure all burned materials are extinguished. Feel with your hand to make sure it’s out cold.
·         Every campfire will be put DEAD OUT before leaving it.

Campfire permits are available free-of-charge at offices of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest. Please contact the forest you plan to visit for current information.

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire
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Prescribed fire update

Prescribed fire update
WILLOWS, Calif.; October 11, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Mendocino National Forest fire managers are preparing to conduct two prescribed fires on the forest Wednesday, October 12. On the Upper Lake Ranger District, crews will ignite approximately 80 acres on the Howard Mill underburn project and on the Grindstone Ranger District, crews will burn about 66 acres of the Alder Springs underburn project. The Howard Mill prescribed fire is situated between Lake Pillsbury and Upper Lake near Elk Mountain and the Alder Springs prescribed fire is 16 miles from Elk Creek, Calif.
Preparations for these burns include monitoring fuel and weather conditions and checking project boundaries. Crews are working to complete these prescribed fires before potential moisture reaches the forest by the end of the week. Smoke will be noticeable from various areas across the forest and in outlying communities. Signs will be posted for public awareness and safety in those areas where prescribed fires are planned.
Project maps are posted on the forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
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Upper Lake & Covelo Ranger Districts plan prescribed fires

Upper Lake & Covelo Ranger Districts plan prescribed fires

WILLOWS, Calif.; October 9, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Mendocino National Forest fire managers are preparing for prescribed burning on the Upper Lake & Covelo Ranger Districts. Burning may begin as early as Wednesday, October 12 and continue through the fall and winter as conditions allow. Prescribed fires are conducted to help reduce the potential for future severe wildfires, increase firefighter safety, remove hazardous fuels, and protect communities and watersheds.
The ignition of all projects is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, favorable weather, conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible, and California Air Resources Board approval.  The local air quality district manages the number of acres available to burn during allotted burn days based on the amount of projects proposed.
Burns are conducted within a “prescription” that is determined by appropriate fuel moisture, temperature, humidity, wind, and ventilation.  Fire crews implement, monitor, and patrol each project to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined in the prescribed burn plans.
We strive to keep the public informed of planned prescribed fires as smoke may be visible at different times across the forest. Forest visitors should contact the appropriate ranger district for prescribed fire information before beginning their trip to the forest.

These are the prescribed fires on the Upper Lake & Covelo Ranger Districts that may occur this year:
·         Howard Mill Underburn – 7,400 acres, the project is located in Lake County. Lake Pillsbury is approximately five miles north and Upper Lake is about five miles south of the project.
·         Westshore Underburn – 1,070 acres, project units are located in Lake County. Lake Pillsbury is less than one mile east and Potter Valley is nine miles west of the project.
·         High Valley/Lakeview Underburn – 2,575 acres, located in Lake County above the lakeside communities of Nice, Lucerne and Clear Lake Oaks.
·         Howard Lake Underburn – 175 acres, the project is located in Mendocino County near Howard Lake and Little Doe Campground.  Covelo is approximately 10 miles southwest of the project.

·         Boardman Ridge Underburn – 2,350 acres, project units are in Lake County. Lake Pillsbury is three miles south of the project.

·         Horse Mountain Underburn – 545 acres, units are located in Lake County.  Lake Pillsbury is approximately five miles north and Upper Lake is about five miles south of the project.

·         Elk Mountain Fuelbreak Underburn – 700 acres, located in Lake County along Elk Mountain Road beginning just north of Middle Creek Campground to Lake Pillsbury Basin.

·         Upper Lake & Covelo Pile Burns – 4,000 acres, located across the Upper Lake and Covelo Ranger Districts within Lake, Glenn and Mendocino counties.

As projects are implemented, updates will be posted on the forest website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino. For more information, please contact Terry Nickerson, Nick Mouthaan or Joseph Rodriguez at 707-275-2361.

Grindstone Ranger District plans prescribed fires

Grindstone Ranger District plans prescribed fires

WILLOWS, Calif.; October 7, 2016 – For Immediate Release – Mendocino National Forest fire managers announce it is time to prepare for prescribed burning on the Grindstone Ranger District. Prescribed fires are conducted to help reduce the potential for future severe wildfires, increase firefighter safety, remove hazardous fuels, and protect communities and watersheds.

Prescribed fires may be implemented through the fall and winter pending appropriate conditions. The ignition of all projects is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, favorable weather, conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible, and California Air Resources Board approval.  The local air quality district manages the number of acres available to burn during allotted burn days based on the amount of projects proposed.
Burns are conducted within a “prescription” that is determined by appropriate fuel moisture, temperature, humidity, wind, and ventilation.  Fire crews implement, monitor, and patrol each project to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined in the prescribed burn plans.

We strive to keep the public informed of planned prescribed fires as smoke may be visible at different times across the forest. Forest visitors should contact the appropriate ranger district for prescribed fire information before beginning their trip to the forest.

These are the prescribed burning projects on the Grindstone Ranger District that may occur this year:

·         Grindstone Type Conversation – 2,710 acres, units in Glenn and Colusa Counties
·         Alder Springs Underburn – 2,241 acres, approximately 16 miles from Elk Creek, CA.
·         Ivory Mill Underburn – 1,056 acres, ten miles west of Elk Creek, CA
·         Oak Ridge Underburn – 868 acres, 15 miles west of Paskenta, CA
·         Little Stony Underburn – 2,975 acres, 438 miles southwest of Willows, CA and eight miles southwest of the community of Ladoga
·         Pacific Ridge Underburn – 1,324 acres (1,203 on Forest Service land and 121 acres on private land), within the South Fork Stony Creek watershed and in the Upper Little Stony Creek watershed.
·         Grindstone Pile Burns – 1,514 acres, across the district within Colusa County, Glenn County, and Tehama counties.

As projects are implemented, updates will be posted on the forest website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino. For more information, please contact Nick Matheson at 530-934-1135.

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VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT AVAILABILITY & VBM PROCESSING

VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT AVAILABILITY & VBM PROCESSING
Vote By Mail (absentee) Ballots and our Sample Ballots will be mailed out to voters on
October 11, 2016 and will be available in the County Clerk’s Office, for the PRESIDENTIAL
GENERAL ELECTION to be conducted on NOVEMBER 8, 2016, according to Susan M. Ranochak,
Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. The County Clerk’s Office is located in Room 1020 of the County
Administration Building located at 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. If voters who normally vote by mail
have not received their vote by mail ballot by Wednesday, October 19, 2016, please call our office to
arrange to receive a replacement ballot.
Susan M. Ranochak would like to remind voters that the last day applications may be
received for a Vote By Mail (Absentee) Ballot is 5 p.m. on November 1, 2016. If for any reason a
voter will be unable to appear at their polling place and vote on Election Day, November 8, 2016,
they may apply for and vote a Vote By Mail Ballot.
For those interested in observing the Vote By Mail process, we normally begin getting voted
ballots back the week after they are mailed. Our office processes (we check signatures & file in
precinct order) these ballots on a daily basis once we have received our mail. We get our daily mail
at approximately 11 am on Mondays and 10 am Tuesdays – Fridays. The public is invited to
observe this process, as well as our other processes. Normally the last week of October through
November 14 is the highest volume for our office receiving and processing voted ballots. Please
call our office for schedules.
For additional information please contact the Election’s Office by calling 707 234-6819.

Come have a say about the future of transportation in Mendocino County!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR RELEASE BETWEEN OCTOBER 6 AND NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Come have a say about the future of
transportation in Mendocino County!

The Mendocino Council of Governments is in the process of preparing an Active Transportation Plan and updating the Regional Transportation Plan.
The two plans together will identify transportation needs and projects for the next 20 years in all modes of transportation.

A series of workshops is planned to give the public opportunity to voice their concerns about transportation.

Workshops are scheduled on October 17 in Fort Bragg, October 24 in Ukiah, November 7 in Willits, November 14 in Point Arena, and November 16 in Covelo.  All workshops will be held from 5:30 to 7:00
and include a brief presentation as well as interactive exercises.  For a detailed schedule and locations, please visit the MCOG website www.mendocinocog.org  or call 463-1859.