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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/02/2016 07:17 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/02/2016 07:17 AM
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EPFW Donates To Butte Fire Recovery

Arnold, CA...Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch helps with the Butte Fire Recovery donating $1600.00 from their 2016 Love the Forest Concert to Friends Of Rail Road Flat School Butte Fire Recovery Efforts. FORRFS is a Non-Profit Group under the Auspices of Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council. FORRFS provide enrichment classes to students of RRF School in various subjects including computer coding, 3-D printing, Lego robotics, gardening, guitar, poetry, art and much more. Additionally they provide a monthly free farm to fork community meal with produce from the school garden, bi-monthly wellness workshops, a co-op preschool and many more supplemental offerings. FORRFS operates independently from the public school system. All enrichment programs and activities are funded from fundraising efforts, private donations and grants.


Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch was formed in 2000 in response to the widespread clear cutting suddenly going on in the north eastern part of Calaveras County and much of the Sierra. The mission of EPFW is to protect, promote and restore healthy forests and watersheds to maintain quality of life in the Sierra Nevada. The non-profit supports logging that maintains forest integrity, but opposes the devastating practice of clear cutting. They are active both locally and at the state level, working to preserve the beautiful environment we are so lucky to live in.  Their commitment to the environment and community led them to dedicate the proceeds from the Love the Forest Concert this year to the fire recovery efforts of the Friends of the Rail Road Flat School.
EPFW’s primary fundraising event for the past 12 years has been the Love the Forest Concert, created and produced by EPFW members Ron Schaner and Tami Rakstad. An annual sellout event, the concert features local musicians and groups and has people singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles. On several occasions, EPFW has committed that year’s proceeds to respond to local needs. This year’s choice is a group working in the community to assist people affected by the Butte Fire.

Following the devastating Butte Fire in September 2015, FORRFS jumped into action to help the community in the recovery process, thanks to many private donations by individuals, community groups, churches, The Calaveras Community Foundation, The Sierra Health Foundation and more including several organizations in Amador County. Members of the group opened a donation center at the RRF Community Hall, providing much needed basic necessities to those left homeless. Immediately, gift cards and cash were given to families with school children who lost their homes. The donation center transitioned to a donation truck (donated by Volcano Telephone) packed with supplies that traveled through the burn zone weekly distributing tools and supplies vital to the recovery effort. Currently a cargo container is maintained and stocked with supplies, FORRFS pays rental on portable toilets for folks still living in tents or other temporary structures and has provided folks with fencing materials to protect their livestock and vegetable gardens. FORRFS focus is to help those in need to rebuild their lives, restore the forest and continue living in the District Two corner of Calaveras County. Thanks to donations such as this one from EPFW, FORRFS is able to continue their recovery efforts.

To learn more or donate to Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch go to
Phone: 209-795-8260. Mailing address: Box 2862, Arnold, CA 95223
To learn more or donate to Friends of Rail Road Flat School go to
Phone: 209-304-8932. Mailing address: PO Box 223 Rail Road Flat, CA 95248

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Posted on: 2016-06-02 10:35:53   By: Anonymous
You do realize that groups like the EPFW are a large part of the reason our forest is in such a poor state of health and a major contributor to the devastation the Butte Fire caused. Their measly $1600 "donation" is mearly a way to make them feel better about themselves. I'm sure it will go a long way in reimbursing folks for the BILLIONS this fire cost the county and its citizens.

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    Posted on: 2016-06-02 11:19:37   By: Anonymous
    And many of them are growers.

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      Re: PG&E Power Lines
      Posted on: 2016-06-02 14:55:34   By: Anonymous
      How come PG&E doesn't bury their power lines under ground to prevent wild fires, the power outages would greatly reduce, also would be cost effective in the long run when all is buried? It's not the cost cause they make Billions a year in profits. I mean $1,000,000,000's of your tax payers hard earned cash. Since you can't manage the so many trees and tree branches then work on putting the electricity underground. I'll help put in an 8 hour day using a back hoe the length of our street. I'm sure I won't be the only one that is tired of power outages and wild fires caused by so many power lines crossing through the forests. Is not the forests fault you put power lines at tree height level. Lets put it underground where cars won't plow into power poles from going off the road ways. Put up guard rails in place so to know when car went through them or prevent car from going off roadways or power poles. Unfortunately this won't happen until the year 2040.



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    Posted on: 2016-06-02 16:29:32   By: Anonymous
    I challenge you to read the actual science about tree plantations and fire wake up you have no idea what you're talking about.

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      Posted on: 2016-06-02 17:06:11   By: Anonymous
      You mean the planting of trees in rows and not in groups how trees are grown in? You say you plant trees but you all plant them in rows like they are a vegetable. They don't grow right in rows. They need to be planted in groups so that they support each others. Kind of late to plant baby trees in rows surrounded by trees taller than them taking up all the sunlight. Don't you know it takes hundreds of years to get the trees to be at the size you want to take down only to sell to China millions of trees to help pay the $14 trillion. I don't have to look it up I can see all the black bears and deer all wildlife in my back yard and not in the middle of the wild forests. I'm disgusted to see how much clear cutting you all do in the back forest of Shoshone Dr. use to have trees covering behind cabins. Is now bunch of stumps lots of stumps. I see no planting of new trees. What you expect a band-aid of baby trees will fix the hundreds of mature trees you have stolen out of Earth to sell for profits? So are the profits cutting down trees going to the rescue of bears and wild life that go hunt for food that you now have destroyed their food sources loading the rivers with pollutants. That is another reason why I will not swim at White Pines Lake. I found out recently after I have swam in there it was used as a garbage dump for locals and loggers. Then CCWD turned it into a man made lake for people to swim in. I heard that is what is being used to refill the White pines lake is a over flow pond up in the back forest where SPI uses for logging. How come the water isn't tested at White Pines area lakes and Resv.'s and rivers? Since back in the mining times all Resv's were made to bury mines that either were empty or an environment disaster from chemicals used in mining. Are you cleaning out the mercury out of the rivers near gold mining towns? Or you just playing the "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" game for American Citizens in Public Sector has to deal with the repercussions of negligence. I don't swim at White Pines Lake any more after this major drought we had up here the lake was puddles and mud. It smelled like a dump gross with trash from beer bottles and beer cans scattered in middle of lake. I was metal detecting there to see what was out there but could only find a metal fishing next torn up. The smells was so bad I had to get out from it. Plus there is very old pavement on the right side of the beach that stinks of tar. How come there is no signs saying "SWIM AT OWN RISK!"? I know we have clinics up here but they are not the best on taking care of skin irritations or skin disease. We have to wait till insurance trains and pays for someone in July that I can finally see and ask questions on *bleep* that I found on my skin I don't know about. Is SPI going to pay for my medical bills at the same time they are paying their own going to school? I'll be sure to send SPI my medical bills next appointment I go. Oh my other question is where do I get this test sample of water from White Pines Lake I took last year when I seen green slug and red slug in mud at bottom of lake? Since CCWD is involved with SPI on water being clean and healthy. Takes failing equipment to be replaced after 0 years of maintenance done on the water pipe system after 50 years till the pipe blew up. Be grateful I give a *bleep* about the land I walk and the water ways I swim in. Cause is my right as a Citizen to know if is healthy or not to swim in man made lakes or not. Seems to me not. Cause all you can say look it up. I go to the Big Trees State Park and loggers killed legacy trees for greed. They stripped the bark in sections and sent them to East Coast for the RICH to see. To come out and Thrash more legendary trees for hmm a dance floor and a bowling alley, then why not lets cut a whole in a huge tree and drive through it. Hey why not do that to many old trees why did life get so boring you all had to destroy trees for entertainment? Now we have the Rich paying big money to take down hundreds year old trees to build mansions. PG&E owns 20 feet of your property or till the power pole is on your property so they own some huge trees on my property that they can choose to cut down or shave branches off 1 side where power lines sit. Now that you tore up the plants and bushes from front property the dirt is falling/eroding to the road. What help is that to stop fire danger? Your eroding the hillsides off the roadways Trees. INC.!

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        Posted on: 2016-06-02 20:30:59   By: Anonymous
        WOW. . . .

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        Posted on: 2016-06-03 06:52:07   By: Anonymous
        Obviously written after a large hit on the ole meth pipe. Geez - slow down a little bit there turbo. You're going to have a heart attack living on a rant like that all the time.

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