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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2018 08:55 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/26/2018 10:46 PM
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Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierra" Through April 29th

Murphys, CA...Funded by a California Stories grant from California Humanities, the Murphys Old Timers Museum, has produced an exhibit on the long-established practice of transhumance in the California Foothills and Sierra Nevada. Since gold was discovered in California in the winter of 1848, cattle have roamed the foothills in winter and spring, summered in the rich grasslands of the Sierra Nevada, and returned to their lowland homes in the fall. This annual pattern (transhumance), with established ranches and farms in the lower elevations and summer camps and pasturages in the high mountain meadows, is rapidly disappearing. Threatened with the diminishing price of beef to producers, difficulties in transporting livestock to their summer ranges, and environmental regulations, this 160-year old California tradition may disappear in the near future. Proponents of grazing argue that this will result in loss of mountain meadows and ponds as well as lowland ranches with their grass ranges to residential sprawl. Some environmental and hiking groups contend that livestock grazing in the mountains has led to degradation of streams and native ecosystems. The exhibit, and a video, recount the stories of historic cattle ranching in the California foothills and its battle to stay alive in the face of current environmental and economic challenges, also addressing the effects of its continued operation on mountain ecosystems. Utilizing historical and current photographs and the installation of a 1911 high country cow camp, this exhibit argues that by working together to solve grazing issues, ranchers, the Forest Service, scientists, environmental groups, and the public can resolve their differences, resulting in a win-win for all. A 15-minute video, presenting both sides of the issue and a hope for reconciliation, is forthcoming.







The exhibit will be on display at the Murphys Old Timers Museum, 470 Main Street, Murphys Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm through April 29, 2018. Call for more info 728-1160.


This event repeats weekly every Sunday Friday Saturday until 04/30/2018


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Highland Lakes
Posted on: 2018-01-23 10:37:41   By: Anonymous
 
If anyone goes to Highland Lakes off Hwy 4 , they will see a severely degraded lake filled with algae and a lake surrounded by cow manure. It is a sad scene.
The steep hillsides are trashed by the cattle who have eaten all vegetation of the decomposed granite slopes, only a few hardy lupines survive. It is testimony to the over grazing degradation of the Sierras by the ranchers who fought to have their leases increased in the years.
The issue is a sore point with the ranchers, as they want the status quo to remain, they show they are not good stewards of the land, but as any profit driven business does, they will degrade the environment until it is all gone.
The grazing leases must be curtailed, and sensitive areas such as Highland Lakes must be protected from cow manure , and the trampling of the easily eroded slopes of the Sierras.
Hydraulic mining was the rage until ships couldn't sail up the Sacramento to export wheat, the river trashed, clogged by the miners mining waste. in 1888 a law stopped hydraulic mining . The grazing of the Sierras are a similar issue- environment VRS the greater good.

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    Re: Highland Lakes
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 11:49:59   By: Anonymous
     
    Right, Kinda like preventing all the trees being cut we ended up with densely populated forests that lead to the campaign fire events like the RIM fire that were impossible to put out precisely because environmental crazies like you

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      Re: Highland Lakes
      Posted on: 2018-01-23 12:08:47   By: Anonymous
       
      Graze it, log it, are watch it burn.

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    Re: Highland Lakes
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:48:18   By: Anonymous
     
    No, this person is a PETA/HSUS member. They know very little of what goes on except what they are told to believe by the "clubs". The grazing is heavily monitored in the high mountains with cattle being moved(rotated) very often. Even their grazing season is adjusted due to vegetative growth conditions, rainfall, moisture in the ground..etc. BUT you already knew that....

    I got one question for all the "save the earth" club folks. The Yosemite Toad, common to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, no longer exists in Yosemite Park(where there is no grazing)...but does exist in the Highland Lakes grazing allotment. Some federal study conclusions state that they are actually drawn to wet meadows where cattle grazing has occurred. Please explain the negative impact of that?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-23 11:48:02   By: Anonymous
 
Really? We go to Highlands Lake every year and see the beautiful flowers. I'm going out on a limb here and bet you're all for commercial marijuana which destroys the environment more with chemicals than cows ever will! What the cows eat is what comes out in manure ALL organic

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:00:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Cattle - like all livestock including horses, sheep and goats - can also compact the land and prevent or diminish future vegetative growth. Look around the county and note what the property looks like for livestock owners that do not have sufficient land to "rest" fields and move their animals around. The important part of a successful formula is not overgrazing.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:01:43   By: Anonymous
     
    Not necessarily. A lot of today's cattle is shot up with antibiotics and growth hormones to keep them healthy in a group and put on weight quickly.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:11:38   By: Anonymous
       
      Cows & baby ducks get along pretty well.

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        So Ruining Highland Lakes Is Ok?
        Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:18:09   By: Anonymous
         
        Disaster capitalism causing disasters is a-ok with the use it up crowd.
        They also deny climate change caused by burning fossil fuel.
        It's a-ok to not leave anything left of the earth for the next generation- F-them.
        Must be a Dump voter.

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          Re: # 1 post
          Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:36:32   By: Anonymous
           
          # 1 post go somewhere like N. Korea and hug a tree , you POS !!

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            Ihave a Murphys Old Timers Museum
            Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:39:46   By: Anonymous
             
            shoved up my butt.

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          Re: So Ruining Highland Lakes Is Ok?
          Posted on: 2018-01-23 13:56:52   By: Anonymous
           
          It was because you believed you were "smarter" than the loggers & ranchers that we ended up with the Rim fire go look at the list of the largest fires in the last 100 years and virtually all of them were after you and your ilk kicked those who were for responsible forest use and logging out of the forests in the early 1980s.

          Facts are facts! Your groups have caused much of the devastation because you were arrogant enough to believe you know better than everyone else including those working these lands.

          Your arrogance caused the conditions for the catastrophic fire events.

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            Re: So Ruining Highland Lakes Is Ok?
            Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:08:38   By: Anonymous
             
            Yep and the sad fact is that most of the money raised and lawsuits served were by con men who set up 501c3s to accept donor funds so they could live high on the hog while killing industries and actually making conditions and economies worse.

            People donated money thinking they were helping make the world a better place and ended up making things worse.

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            Re: So Ruining Highland Lakes Is Ok?
            Posted on: 2018-01-23 19:16:39   By: Anonymous
             
            We recently took a trip from which we drove through Marin County on our way home. Newcomers took over that area in the past couple of decades and brought about the end of many grazing contracts local beef cattle ranchers had with open space, federal lands. You can't blame anyone wanting to move to such a beautiful area, especially if you've made money doing something else and can choose wherever you want to live. But there has to be a healthy respect for those practices that have come before and contributed to making a place what it is. Now there are huge swaths of land filled with overgrown grass and invasive weeds. Betting what pisses them off most, though, is that the land is no longer aesthetically pleasing - precisely because it is no longer grazed.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:50:25   By: Anonymous
       
      Yep, but those are Dairy Cattle. Dairy cattle don't go to the mountains. Dairy cattle live in the Valley. Beef Cattle aren't like Dairy cattle. Educate yourself just a little bit more please. Thanks

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:02:06   By: Anonymous
 
Why is it that Snowflakes can't have a con versation with out the"F" word to make a point? You people are so angry, you need weed just to cope with your doomsday world! Cows, deer, sheep have been ranging the Sierra's forever, even before we came on the scene, relax, there are so many more people using such places such asHighlands Lakes, all of the city dew elders show up and expect pristine conditions everywhere they visit, kind of hard when the Bay Areaeople can access most of the Western Slope in 2 and a half hrs. Talk about wrecking pristine sights,the Bay Area is a trampled dump because there are so many Snowflakes living on top of each other!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 19:35:03   By: Anonymous
     
    Not sure snowflakes and polluters are one and the same, though there's bound to be a little overlap.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:20:37   By: Anonymous
 
Based on posts above, doesn't sound like it will be an appreciated display. Difficult to tell whether controversy attracts or keeps them away.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:26:16   By: Anonymous
     
    I bet it sets records as at least everyone will know it will be at the museum

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:27:25   By: Anonymous
       
      How bad have things gotten that even a museum display can have people picking sides. Can't we all just get along?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-01-23 18:10:39   By: Anonymous
         
        Sort of a microcosm of what is going on in our larger society. Sad.

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      Denial Of Climate Change
      Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:36:23   By: Anonymous
       
      >Facts are facts! Your groups have caused much of the devastation because you were arrogant enough to believe you know better than everyone else including those working these lands.<

      The facts are the Sierras are in the grip of climate change.
      The forest has changed, lots of bark beetle tree mortality due to less rainfall yearly, longer more severe droughts due to climate change. This makes for more intense fire in fire areas. Add more ignorant users of the forest , who cause fires in drier conditions, and fires such as the Rim fire occur- the facts.

      Climate change- more, more intense fires. You would think the information offered in the past few years would educate, but the deniers keep on hating the facts.

      You can't fix stubbornness , chosen denial.

      The hallmark of a Fox viewer.

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        Re: Denial Of Climate Change
        Posted on: 2018-01-23 14:55:09   By: Anonymous
         
        Ever heard of the fire triangle. Basic fire knowledge.

        Three sides, each side denotes the required elements for which fire has to have to occur. FUEL.....HEAT....OXYGEN.

        If you take one away....the fire goes out. If you TAKE ONE AWAY! HMMMM, let me guess....I know what we can control.....THE FUEL!!!

        Thin the forest, remove the bug trees, control burn, log heavily in areas that need it. MANAGE the forest. Climate Change this, Climate Change that....yep it is changing but it has nothing to do with us humans....Mother Nature wins everytime. If you are arrogant enough to think you can outsmart her......You are cutting your nose off in spite of your face.

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          Re: Denial Of Climate Change
          Posted on: 2018-01-23 18:46:36   By: Anonymous
           
          It isn't "heat", it's "ignition". Get your facts straight

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            Re: Denial Of Climate Change
            Posted on: 2018-01-23 23:04:48   By: Anonymous
             
            They are straight...you better check again. I know I'm right.....FUEL..HEAT...OXYGEN=Fire triangle....these 3 things lead to...IGNITION. Look it up...and write it down.

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        Re: Denial Of Climate Change
        Posted on: 2018-01-23 15:17:19   By: Anonymous
         
        Even the USFS says the bark beetle problem was exacerbated by overpopulation of trees which weakened all of them.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-23 18:09:11   By: Anonymous
       
      A nice thought but neither visitors nor locals go to the museum much. Visitors are drinking or recreating. Locals stopped caring a long time ago, especially when the board slowly removed all the donor labels. True old timer families took pride in seeing their family items displayed and enjoyed a little modest credit. It might be time for that little museum to be part of the larger county museum group.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-23 16:18:23   By: Anonymous
 
I see more and more human crap and garbage left by campers and hikers than anything else. I pack out a garbage bag each time I ride the back country. Let's talk about that.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 17:23:18   By: Anonymous
     
    I agree

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 18:04:33   By: Anonymous
     
    So true.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 18:13:32   By: Anonymous
     
    One doesn't have to go upcountry. I pick up several beer cans, empty liquor bottles, empty cigarette packs, fast food trash and various other human refuse along our ranch road weekly. And I guarantee you those are not out of towners driving with a cold one between their legs between 3 and 5 pm.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-23 17:22:58   By: Anonymous
 
Where do you think your organic grass fed beef comes from?!?!?!?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 17:38:45   By: Anonymous
     
    Here come Da Dorks again !

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-23 17:48:38   By: Anonymous
     
    That is the real problem, so many in our society demand organic this or green that but have no real feel for how anything from their food or even housing is made, grown or built.

    Some things you just can tweet or protest into existence. It takes real people doing real things to keep you fed, clothed and housed.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-23 19:45:00   By: Anonymous
 
I liked this exhibit always as much as last year's "Conservative Homosexual Meth Attics in the Foothills."

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-24 08:17:03   By: Anonymous
     
    Addicts? Or maybe they are in hiding as in the people upstairs?


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-24 14:36:32   By: Anonymous
       
      Thought them ho mos hid in closets. Is the attic dwellers a new species?
      The fluidity is so confusing nowadays.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-01-25 10:27:53   By: Anonymous
         
        Or perhaps meth is manufactured in attics versus double wides these days? You're right - not easy to keep up with the fluidity of language. ;)

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-24 08:18:57   By: Anonymous
 
Museum aside, sounds like what would be really useful in our county would be for the cattlemen's association or similar to host an educational lecture for the public. Most I know are excellent stewards of the land because their livelihoods depend on it.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-24 09:58:01   By: Anonymous
 
The word, "Sierra" is a Spanish word meaning “range of mountains”. Therefore, Sierra is already plural and does not to be pluralized with an 's'. Hope that was just a typo in the headline and not something a museum would publicize.

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