Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 29, 1987 · Page 2
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, September 29, 1987
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2 -TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29,1917 •THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Klamath fires still burning YREKA (AP) —The raging fires that started a month ago in California have destroyed 639,000 acres, or about 3 percent, of the state's national forests. "Shce the turn of the century, we've never had anything like this on national forest land," said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Matt Mathes. Mathes said Monday that national forests make up 20 percent of die entire state. He said the record number of acres burned in California national forests previously had been set in 1977, when 317,000 acres were destroyed "Over the next few years, the Forest Service plans an extensive program to help the forest come back faster than on its own," he said. "In the short term, it involves dropping aerial seed- ings of native grasses to help hold the soil in place on some slopes. "It also involves clearing debris out of streams and doing some other things. Hiking trails will have to be cleared. We'll have to clear a lot of roads so we have access to national forests. "There's a big job ahead of us in the next three or four years to help nature recover," Mathes said, adding that teams still are assessing the damage to plan specific rehabilitation efforts. Mathes said the weather in inland California right now is ideal for fires: low humidity, high temperatures and windy. He said an estimated 1.9 billion board feet of timber has been lost on forest land available for commericial timber sales at a loss of $240 million. But he said $150 million worth of the damaged timber may be salvaged. "It's fairly easy to talk about damage in dollar terms for timber, but we're overlooking other things that are not easy to put a dollar figure on, like fish and wildlife habitat" Mathes said. Zeke Grader, head of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman, said sedimentation and rises in water temperature because of the loss of forest canopy in the Klamath and Trinity river basins could endanger 20 percent of the state's salmon spawning areas. The only active fires still burning are in the Klamath National Forest, where 228,000 acres have been destroyed. Fire information officer Jack Placchi said 27 fires slill are raging there, 11 of which are controlled and nine of which are 100 percent contained. He said seven fires aren't contained, but only two arc causing problems. The Fort Copper I'irc in the Sciad-Kclscy Complex is burning in the northern end of the forest, along the border of the Klamath and Rogue River National Forest. He said 800 firefighters still arc fighting that blaze, which has burned 26,000 acres. There arc no estimates of when it will be contained and then controlled. "It's in extremely deep, difficult terrain, which makes it a dangerous situation for firefighters," he said, adding that six air tankers and one helicopter arc on the way. The other blaze is the Yellow fire in the Salmon Complex, which has burned 21,500 acres and has 1,000 firefighters on it. "That fire is also difficult to control because of the steep terrain and dense vegetation," Plac- chi said. Judge blocks state mountain lion hunt SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Citing inadequate studies on the environmental effects of renewing the hunting for cougars, a Superior Court judge ordered state officials to postpone the hunt pending further analysis. Monday's ruling won praise from the Mountain Lion Coalition, whose members include the Siena Minimum wage hike vetoed SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. George Deukmejian, working through more than 170 bills in a single day, vetoed a $75 million proposal to cut high school class sizes and rejected an attempt to boost California's minimum hourly wage to $4.25. But the Republican governor, strengthening the I government's efforts to fight air pollution, signed sweeping regulatory {powers for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which covers smoggy Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties and parts of San Bernardino County. Also Monday, Deukmejian vetoed a two-bill package by a San Francisco-area lawmaker that would have provided tax credits for contributions to AIDS research. He said AIDS should not be singled out for such credits while other devastating illnesses — such as cancer, polio and heart diseases — were not. Deukmejian, working into the evening, signed, vetoed or allowed to become law without his signature • 173 bills Monday, including vetoes of three worker-safety measures and a proposal to set new statewide drinking water standards. Deukmejian also allowed to become law legislation to let 46 rural counties raise their sales taxes by a half-cent per-dollar and permit California to help plan a high-speed train between Las Vegas and South- em California. The wage bill, SB1658 by Sen. Art Torres, D-Los Angeles, would have raised the state's minimum pay from $3.35 to $4.25 hourly. Deukmejian, noting that the state's Industrial Welfare Commission has recommended a $4 minimum, said the $4.25 proposal was "unnecessary and would circumvent" the IWC. Deukmejian vetoed SB436 by Sen. Gary Hart, D-Santa Barbara, to spend $75 million to cut class sizes in the ninth through 12th grades by providing incentives to the local districts. The governor, in his veto message, said the districts "should be given the discretion to fund such a program within existing resources," rather than "place such a great demand on (the) limited General Fund...." Judge upholds phase-out of lead shot SACRAMENTO (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the U.S. government's efforts to ban lead snot in California waterfowl hunting. The decision Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Raul Ramirez left the state with the choice of canceling or delaying waterfowl hunting in 18 counties or ordering hunters to use unpopular steel ot. Ramirez' ruling went against the state game commission, which was trying to shield California from a federal program aimed at gradually phasing ouUead shot in waterfowl huntini^throughout several states bjrt992. The National Wildlife Foundation had earlier sued to ban the use of lead shot altogether, but the case was dismissed after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to the gradual phase-out of lead shot. Club, Defenders of Wildlife Fund for Animals, the Wildlife Conservancy and the Animal Protection Institute. The state commission did "what we thought was very poor research, and ignored our concerns about the impacts of this hunt," said coalition spokesman Bill Yeates. "This was nothing more than a commercial- ized trophy hunt." The groups filed suit, contending the state failed to conduct a proper study of the impact of the hunt, not only on mountain lions but also on their prey and habitat. But National Rifle Association spokesman David Marshall contended opponents of the hunt have offered no credible evidence that the mountain lion population would be threatened. "If any species is endangered or threatened, usually the sportsmen ane the first ones to intervene," Marshall said in an interview. Noting that the state's game management program is funded by hunting and fishing license fees, he said opponents "want to control the agenda but not pay the freight." Forest service to sell 1BBF of burned timber ARCATA (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to enter the state's charred forests and save more than 1 billion board feet of timber—enough to build a city the size of San Francisco. According to Ray Wienmann, timber manager for the National Forest Service, about 85 percent of the 1.6 billion board feet of commercial trees destroyed will be cut and sold at the biggest lumber salvage sale in state history. The trees can be saved if they can be removed from the forests during the next two years, before bark beetles and the blue fungus stain the wood and destroy its value. "The longer we wait, the greater the possibility of degradation," Wienmann said. A board foot is a timber measurement one foot long, one foot wide, and one inch thick. But environmentalists fear the Forest Service and California loggers will cut roads into wilderness areas not yet preserved as national forests. "We know that they've probably put cat (bulldozer) roads into roadless areas to fight the fires," said Susie Van Kirk of Arcata, a Sierra Club activist. "They'll want to upgrade those to standard logging roads so they can go in and salvage timber. Two badly burned areas on the' south fork of the Trinity RJver — Patterson and South Fork — provide a habitat for the rare spotted owl and will likely become test cases if the Forest Service approves logging roads, said Joseph Bower, a timberland own-' er and activist with Citizens for Better Forestry. ' Fires that scorched Northern California for three weeks and are still burning in isolated areas have destroyed or damaged commer- • cial timber stands valued at $240 •• million by the Forest Service. • About $90 million worth of the trees were burned to cinders, but. another $150 million worth killed'; by the flames arc still standing, with useablc lumber inside. ; California loggers usually take . about 1.6 billion board feet from ^ the national forests each year. • "For the next two years most people will cut nothing but sal- vagc,' said Dick Pland, resource • manager for Louisiana-Pacific's • Fibrcboard Corp. unit in Sonora. The Forest Service will auction salvage contracts on badly burned lands containing 200 million : board feet of timber before yearend, and it hopes 1.2 billion board feet will be saved by the end of 1988. d b s P I b r c Montgomery Ward Clearance Outlet OVER 500 APPLIANCES IN STOCK • MANY NATIONAL BRANDS AVAILABLE, Quantities limited. Items subject to prior sale. Some Item* slightly d«mao,ed, sold "** I*". No ralncheclw. Prices good in our Clearance Outlet today through Monday, October 5,1987. We welcome Montgomery Waul, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover 1680 South State Street Ukiah 462-8731. Monday through Saturday 104. Closed Sunday.

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