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Spring is here!

Dear friends,

Spring has arrived in California, and the winter’s abundant rain and snow have brought us green hillsides and greened-up deserts, carpets of wildflowers and seasonal waterfalls aplenty. It’s a bit muddy, but a great time to get out into the wilds of our beautiful state.


Here at CalWild, we’re busily working to push multiple proposed new California National Monuments across the finish line. Even if you have written support letters for these Monuments before, I strongly urge you to write another letter in support of protecting all five of these incredible places (see alert, below). Word from our friends in Washington is that things are looking really good but we need to keep up the drumbeat for expansion of existing California National Monuments and designation of new ones.


Our feature article this month by Andrea Iniguez focuses on two critically important forest planning processes: the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP), and the first revision of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) since its creation in 1994. Combined, these plans will determine the management of millions of acres of magnificent forests across California, Oregon and Washington. There will be additional grassroots actions to take on these processes soon.


We’re particularly proud of a new kind of project for CalWild, our Upper Eel River Watershed Community Visioning Project (“ERP”). We believe that conservation strides like major restoration efforts after a dam removal can be made to be good for local communities as well as for ecological systems, and this project seeks to prove the point. If PG&E proceeds, as it has announced, with removal of dams on the Upper Eel, the framework and vision our project will create will be a way forward for local residents and visitors to Lake County alike.


Meanwhile, let’s go out and see California’s spring finery! Ryan Henson recommends some auto touring options for the northern part of the state to see the wildflower blooms. Remember that soft ground and tender plants are sensitive! Please stay on roadsides to take pictures and don’t trample the flowers, thanks.


Until next month, we hope you enjoy the wonders of the season and we thank you deeply for your support for CalWild. It is always in our minds that we are advocating for our members and what you care about. Thanks for being a part of the movement to save wild California.


For the wild,



Mark Green