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Preserving cemetery subject of lecture

03/12/12 -- The public is invited to attend a free lecture and site tour of the conservation techniques used to preserve the 1800’s Old Shasta Catholic Cemetery on Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 4 p.m. The event will be held inside the Courthouse Museum at Shasta State Historic Park. 

The one-hour lecture will be presented by Katharine Untch, Senior Conservator with ARG Conservation Service, Inc. of San Francisco. Questions will be included from the attendees, and an optional site tour will follow at the cemetery site to view the features that were conserved during the preservation effort. The hike to the cemetery is steep, and hiking style shoes are needed.

For more information, call the Shasta State Park office at 530-225-2065. Shasta State Historic Park and the Courthouse Museum are located four miles west of Redding on Highway 299W in the town of Old Shasta. The Courthouse Museum is open Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

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A delightful day along Hat Creek

Michael Hurdle from Texas, photo by Alex Colvin
Article and photos by Alex Colvin
08/26/15 -- On Monday August 25, my wife Linda and I needed to go to the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds in McArthur to submit our photography, poetry, and art exhibits for the upcoming fair. My daughter HanaLyn and her friend Jamie Barrows are...Full Story

Cache Creek Wildlife Area reopens

08/26/15 -- With successful containment of the Jerusalem and Rocky fires, the Cache Creek Wildlife Area has reopened to public as of Tuesday, Aug. 25. The Jerusalem fire burned 25,118 acres in Napa and Lake Counties... Full Story

CDFW now recruiting new wildlife officers

Warden Tiffany, courtesy of CA DFW
08/26/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting those interested in a career as a wildlife officer. CDFW will accept applications for wildlife officer cadet through the final filing deadline of Oct. 16... Full Story

Electricity Fair returns to Folsom Park

08/26/15 -- The Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park is hosting the 4th Annual Electricity Fair on Saturday, September 12, 2015, highlighting one of the world’s oldest hydroelectric facilities. The Electricity Fair is an interactive... Full Story

Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

08/26/15 -- Archery seasons open Aug. 29 – Know before you go! ODFW is not closing archery season due to fires. But hunters will face fire restrictions and some closures and they need to know what those are before they go... Full Story

At-Sea Cacaphony Puts Strain on Dolphins

Dolphin, photo by NASA
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
08/24/15 -- Anyone who has attempted to hold a conversation at a crowded party or near a blaring band knows how exhausting it can be just trying to communicate. The same is true for dolphins and other inhabitants of the ocean, where the...Full Story

Intermountain Fair coming September 3-5

Young girl holding Charlie the pygmy goat, photo by Alex Colvin
Article by Alex Colvin
08/23/15 -- The 97th annual Inter-Mountain Fair will be held at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds on State Highway 299E in the town of McArthur from September 3-7.The fair will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Events will feature a horse...Full Story

Rainbow Trout in Anadromous Waters?

Rainbow Trout, CDFW photo by Harry Morse
California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
08/21/15 -- I have taken up fly fishing again after a long while away. This past weekend I went fishing on the Russian River and caught two rainbows/steelhead (one a hatchery fish and the other a wild fish) and both were about 10 inches long... Full Story

Wolf pack now roaming in N. California

wolf pack in the woods, Photo courtesy of CA DFW
08/21/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has photographic evidence of five gray wolf pups and two adults in Northern California.After trail cameras recorded a lone canid in May and July, CDFW deployed additional...Full Story

Pit River whitewater draws kayakers

Article and photos by Alex Colvin
08/17/15 -- From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 15 and 16, PG&E increased water flows to 1500 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Pit 5 to the J.B. Black Powerhouse. 55 kayakers came from as far away as Reno to enjoy the opportunity to ride... Full Story

Step into the past in Walton, Oregon

Mary Walton (behind the counter) and Miss Vicki Barrett (customer), Robert Walton (standing on two stools) is adding to the store’s wall hangings. Photo by Ken L. Barrett
On the road again by Ken L. Barrett
08/14/15 -- Have you ever wanted to get in a time machine and explore the past? Well, you can, but, and this is a big but… do not get a time machine! Recently, Miss Vicki and I got in our Ford F-350 Diesel and traveled back... Full Story

Black bear attacks man in Midpines

A CDFW warden investigates on site where a black bear attacked a man this morning in Mariposa County.
08/13/15 -- Wildlife officials are investigating a bear attack that resulted in serious injuries early this morning in Mariposa County. The attack occurred in the town of Midpines, when the man stepped out of his house in the dark... Full Story

Burney is friendly to PCT Hikers

PCT sign in Burney Falls State Park, photo by Alex Colvin
Article and photos by Alex Colvin
08/06/15 -- On Tuesday, August 4, I was sitting at the computer checking my Email when I got a call from Nancy Bobo. Bobo manages several motels for Burney Falls Lodging. She also has been assisting hikers... Full Story

Evidence of a wolf in Siskiyou County

4 legged animal captured by trail camera, Possibly a wolf or coyote, photo courtesy of CDFW
08/03/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has collected evidence that suggests at least one wolf has traveled into Siskiyou County.Based on compelling information received earlier this year from Californians reporting...Full Story

Aids to navigation? USCG has questions

Map of Six electronic buoys or “eATONs” now mark ship-traffic lanes outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
08/02/15 -- For recreational boaters, the waterway signposts known as aids to navigation are critical for a safe journey. But what if an aid to navigation (ATON) such as a floating buoy marking the edge a deep-water channel could only... Full Story

Oregon and Washington road trip

2 kayakers on Bill Chinook, Photo by Mike Mogler
Article and photos by Mike Mogler
O7/31/15 -- Thursday, July 9, my wife and I headed out for Oregon and Washington on a road trip visiting, kayaking and fishing several locations in the process. This trip took several months of preparation which included... Full Story

August 2015 CA DFW Calendar

Date – Event
Weekends -- Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve.Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost... Full Story

ODFW offers hunting education classes

07/28/15 -- Keep the kids occupied this summer and get them ready for fall hunting. Register them for a hunter education class or field day happening around the state in August and early September. ODFW offers two types of... Full Story

The Ocean and the Dust Bowl

Dust bowl cloud overtaking homes, Photo from NOAA, George E. Marsh Album
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
07/27/15 -- The Dust Bowl was a devastating period in American history, and new research suggests that, surprisingly, the oceans are partly to blame. A team of researchers lead by the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for... Full Story

Those Wonderful Wildlife Caregivers

Steven T. Callen with one of three orphaned black bear cubs, circa 1981. Photo courtesy of Steven T. Callan
By Steven T. Callan
07/18/15 -- One of the more disheartening, sometimes discouraging aspects of a wildlife officer’s job is dealing with injured, orphaned, or imprinted wildlife that cannot be released back into the wild. Wildlife rehabilitation facilities, most of... Full Story

Drownings spur Whiskeytown warnings

07/16/15 -- Two drowning incidents and a near drowning at various locations within the Whiskeytown National Recreation area have caused park officials to issue warnings about water safety. According to a release yesterday, lifeguards at... Full Story

Camping permit required for Oroville WA

Campground at the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet on the Feather River in the Oroville State Wildlife Area. Photo by Mike Tripp
By Craig Bentley
07/14/15 -- A permit is required for camping in the only California State run public campground open in the Oroville State Wildlife Area. The campground, which has just eight spaces, is located just inside the Larkin Road entrance to...Full Story

Llano Seco Unit 7-mile closed until October

Llano Seco Wildlife Viewing Platform and other facilities are being improved. Photo by Lora Haller, USFWS
07/13/15 -- Beginning July 2, the Llano Seco Unit (Unit) of the North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area along 7 Mile Road was temporarily closed while improvements and upgrades to the outdated visitor services facilities take... Full Story

Diesel train rides set for Railtown 1897

07/13/15 -- Back by popular demand, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during July and August, 2015. In addition... Full Story

Scouting for big game: spring and summer

Horned buck in the woods, photo by Frank Biggs
Article and photos by Frank Biggs
7/09/15 -- Most of us do not have too much time to scout before the big game season openers. This is especially true when we chose to hunt hundreds of miles away from home. So here is a thought especially for bow hunters... Full Story

What size day pack do you need?

Gregory Freia 22 hiking pack
Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
06/19/15 -- Let’s begin with short hikes -- We define short hikes as 3 miles or less, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Hydration – About 1 liter is the least water we ever carry. Even on a short hike, nothing can ruin your day quicker than thirst... Full Story

Trail closure in place at Folsom Lake RA

06/18/15 -- The trail on the crest of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam will be temporarily closed. This closure will interrupt through trail traffic from Browns Ravine to Folsom Point from June 15, 2015 through February 2016..Full Story

Whiskeytown NRA lists summer programs

Park service tour guide and kids gold panning near Carr House, photo by NPS
06/16/15 -- Whiskeytown offers a variety of free, family friendly activities throughout the summer. From kayaking to stargazing, there is something for everyone! Programs begin June 13 and run through Labor Day weekend... Full Story

Caribou Wilderness

Susan Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
06/01/15 -- Adjacent to the eastern border of Lassen Volcanic National Park is a remote volcanic plateau on the eastern slopes of what was once Mt. Tehama. Cinder cones, crater peaks, old-growth forest, and azure lakes make up... Full Story

Trail rides offered at Horse Sanctuary

Horses drinking at the Grapevine, photo courtesty of Wild Horse Sanctuary
05/28/15 -- Are you looking for an affordable and unique vacation experience? Look no further than the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown. Escape the routine of everyday life on a two or three-day trail ride adventure among... Full Story

A Jewel in the Desert

Once coveted by the pet trade, native reptiles, like this chuckwalla, may no longer be sold in California. Photo by Steven T. Callan
By Steven T. Callan
05/25/15 -- In late April, before summer set in, Kathy and I decided to spend a few days in the land of blistering sands and sharp thorns. I had worked in the California desert during my early years with the California Department of Fish... Full Story

Sac NWR adds wildlife viewing route

05/08/15 -- On May 5, an additional 1.5 mile loop was opened to the public along the popular Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge auto tour route. The route known as the Pool 2 loop will be open through August 30 each... Full Story

Redding's Turtle Bay to feature Butterflies

A Monarch Butterfly perched upon an orange flower, Turtel Bay Exploration Park,
04/30/15 -- Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding will be opening Wings of Summer: Butterflies! again this summer beginning May 2nd. At Butterflies, visitors observe hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil, enclosed garden...Full Story

Don’t kill them all! Some snakes are good!

Indigo snake
By Captain William E. Simpson
04/27/15 -- Most survivalists and Preppers spend a good deal of time outdoors as do many other Americans. Many people have a healthy fear of snakes, and given the fact that there are several species of venomous snakes that are...Full Story

Marijuana Wars and the California DFW

ish and Wildlife Warden Jerry Karnow with suspected poisoned bear at an illegal marijuana grow site. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Jerry Karnow
By Steven T. Callan
04/16/15 -- Just after daylight in September 2014, four California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and four Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies quietly locked their vehicles and began what was to be an arduous hike... Full Story

‘Preppers’ & Disaster Preparedness Myths

Life is hard... it's even harder if you're stupid, John Wayne
By Capt. William E. Simpson
04/14/15 -- We live in a world where civilization, reason and logic are said to be at historic heights, yet so many people today, especially our youth, are making new lows in relevant intelligence and labor under a host of myths and illusions...Full Story

A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog

Pup, Phil Akers, A Happy Dog is a Panting Dog
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
04/07/15 -- Bigfoot’s number one pet is the wolverine but for us humans it’s the canine. Americans are projected to spend $60 billion this year on pets! A large portion of this goes to dogs. We all love our dogs and generally...Full Story

​Surveying in the John Muir Wilderness!

A string of horses at John Muir Wilderness, photo by Matt Campos, BLM
Article and photos by Matt Campos, BLM
03/23/15 -- Our day begins at 6 a.m. We wake to a brisk July morning at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Six of us venture out of our canvas tents at Clyde’s Pack Station, located 3.5 miles west of Wishon Reservoir, and begin...Full Story

Gold & Silver: Should I Buy Some?

piles of gold and silver bars and coins
By Capt. William E. Simpson
03/20/15 -- I get a fair amount of email from readers on various subjects related to economic collapse leading to hard-times, social unrest and a lack of monetary exchange. And one particular question that keeps...Full Story

Show Respect and Pass Through Quietly

Butte Valley Wildlife Area with Mount Shasta in background, photo by Kathy and Steven Callan
By Steven T. Callan 
03/05/15 -- “Quick, roll up the windows!” said Kathy. We had just entered the ten-mile auto tour route at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, when four cars roared by us like we were standing still. Pulling to the side of the road...Full Story

Visit California: Discover Shasta Cascade

 Shasta Lake is just one of many attractions featured on a new Visit California website. Photo courtesy of Visit California
By Frank Galusha
03/02/15 -- Thanks to Visit California, this region's many attractions are being promoted even more extensively throughout the world. Visit California recently developed a remarkable Shasta-Cascade site of itineraries highlighting various...Full Story

ODFW art competition announced

02/25/15 -- Oregon’sDepartment of Fish and Wildlife announced the annual art competition to select artwork featured on the 2016 Habitat Conservation Stamp, Waterfowl Stamp and Upland Game Bird Stamp...Full Story

Tactical Survival Axe, AKA: ‘The Bruiser’

USMC Tactical Survival Axe, AKA: ‘The Bruiser’, photo by William E. Simpson
Article and photos by Capt. William E. Simpson
02/24/15 -- I am not an expert with edged weapons, even though I have a trunk-load of them, including the old Buck hunting knife that my Dad gave me when I was a teenager many moons ago. So with that said, I wanted to share...Full Story

Hot Stove

blue lake surrounded by gray snow peaked mountains with green grass meadow in the foreground. Photo by Phil Flip Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
02/24/15 -- Much like fantasy baseball, winter is the “hot stove” season for high elevation wilderness adventures. It is time to study and plan for the upcoming summer. But instead of preparing to draft players, we find...Full Story

Open Border & ISIS -- Perfect Storm for USA

William E. Simpson author badge for myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Capt. William E. Simpson
02/18/15 -- Back in July, I wrote an article about the potential for ‘biological warfare’ being waged against America by terrorist groups. Now, as we endure a measles epidemic in America, ISIS, the “JV team” (according to President Obama)...Full Story

A Problem Requiring a Different Approach

A humungous crowd of people.
By Captain William E. Simpson, USMM
02/08/15 -- Most survival strategies and related tactics used today draw upon the methods that were used or which worked in past small-scale localized and regional disasters, and will likely work again to some extent in similar...Full Story

Firearms and Disaster Preparedness

Military man leaning on the heavy back that pulled him backwards
Article and photos by Captain William E. Simpson, USMM
01/19/15 -- With the start of the new-year, there always seem to be several articles that come out promoting guns as part of a preparedness solution. And it’s an unfortunate fact that firearms have become almost synonymous with Prep... Full Story

Getting Kids Hooked

Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
01/06/15 -- Now, more than ever, we need to get our kids involved in the outdoors. Many kids are becoming softer and lazier with each generation, losing touch with nature, depending on technology to instantly learn everything, presumably...Full Story

Survival Using RVs

Silver mobile home with striped awning, parked on a grassy field alongside a river with forested hills leading up to snow capped mountains. Photo by William E. Simpson
Article and photos by William E. Simpson
12/26/14 -- Over the past year many people have reached-out to me asking the same question; ‘What can people do to survive a catastrophic event besides sailing to an island on a bug-out boat? This was of course a natural... Full Story

For the Love of Ducks

Snow geese at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. photo by Steven T. Callan
Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
12/23/14 -- With the north wind blowing off snow-covered Mount Shasta, it was brutally cold that December afternoon in 1960. Sitting in the back seat of our family car, I spotted an enormous flock of snow-white birds feeding in the... Full Story

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part II

NASA image depicting solar storm impacting earth’s geomagnetic field.
By Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM
11/25/14 -- Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Disaster Preparedness articles written by Capt. William E. Simpson, USMM. The first was an attempt to simplify the subject of disaster preparedness by focusing on risk...Full Story

Disaster Preparedness Strategies – Part I

Preparedness & Survival by Capt. William E. Simpson
11/12/14 -- Over the past few years, disaster preparedness (“prepping”) has become a popular topic. A very large mix of people have begun preaching prepping, all having different motives for promoting their particular... Full Story

RV Collision Repair Requires Multiple Skills

Don Stec, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Don Stec
11/10/14 -- I do not know of any other vehicles that require as many multiple occupational skills to repair than a collision damaged RV, specifically motor homes and travel trailers. Steel and aluminum are used in the structural ...Full Story

Making Friends With The Neighbors

Wild (feral) stallions competing - copyright Laura Simpson 2014
By William E. Simpson
10/14/14 -- There are few animals in nature that match the majestic beauty of a stallion running wild and free. They rule their territory by day and by night. Recently, my wife Laura and I decided to change adventures...Full Story

Ishi

 Newspaper headline from early August 1911. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee.
By Phil 'Flip' Akers
10/08/14 -- Southwest of Mt. Lassen lies a remote and largely forgotten piece of Cascade foothill region. Dark basaltic cliffs and pinnacles adorn inhospitable river canyons, carved by what is now Mill and Deer Creeks, through bad...Full Story

Tall Trees and Emerald Waters

Kathy at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, beside one of the largest (redwood) trees on Earth., photo by Steven T. Callan
By Steven T. Callan
10/06/14 -- Kathy and I recently attended the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) fall conference on the aptly-named Wild Rivers Coast. Stretching from Port Orford, Oregon to Klamath, California, the Wild.... Full Story

Above the Canopy

Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
09/06/14 -- Having had the pleasure and privilege of diving in California’s kelp forests from San Diego to Monterey, I would describe it as a surreal, almost religious experience -- witnessing underwater cathedrals rising...Full Story

Trinidad Sea Kayaking

Trinidad Sea Kayaking, Pacific Outfitters, PacificOutfittersAdventures.com
By Jason Self
09/03/14 -- The thing I love most about guiding and coaching sea kayaking is sharing unique experience with others. The ocean is dynamic. It’s full of life and energy. One hundred yards from shore and you’re...Full Story

Lassen National Volcanic Park

Jim Broshears, Mt. Lassen view from Brokeoff Mountain
By Jim Broshears
07/21/14 -- Lassen National Park is one of the best kept secrets in the National Park system. It may be hard to call a place that has over 400,000 visitors a year a secret but compared to Yosemite’s 2.5 million and the 9.4...Full Story

Peak Bagging in Winter

Peak Bagging in Winter, Jim Broshears, Trailhead Adventures, Paradise, CA, MyOutdoorBuddy.com By Jim Broshears
02/11/13 -- Peak bagging, according to peakbagging.com/ refers to climbing mountains. When a summit is reached, it is “bagged”. You don’t have to go to exotic locations to enjoy this sport, or even be an elite mountain climber...Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork – Part III

Jim Broshears, Trailhead Tales author badge for My outdoor buddy
By Jim Broshears
04/09/14 -- Our search for Tuck’s lost meadow continued in 2013. After three previous trips and multiple days of searching, you might be wondering why we don’t just call it a day. Or possibly question why we have not... Full Story

The 'Death Wobble' -- Be Safe Not Sorry!

Death Wobble, underbody of a vehicle, Don Stec
Article and photos by Don Stec
03/31/14 -- Death Wobble is not to be confused with a front-end shimmy or a wheel balance problem. A Death Wobble (DW) is very common on vehicles with a solid front axle. It has earned its name, not from mechanics but by vehicle... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork -- Part II

Article and photos by Jim Broshears
03/10/14 -- Our return to the Middle Fork of Feather River would take place in August of 2012. Having nearly 10 months to plan the next exploration, we, of course, waited until the last minute decide our course of action... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork -- Part I

The Mystery of the Missing Valley By Jim Broshears
Article and photos by Jim Broshears
02/15/14 -- Part #1 Exploring the Middle Fork of the Feather River -- Stories about hidden valleys, waterfalls, canyons and fishing are part of outdoor folklore. Most of these tales begin with “When I was a kid we went to this place” and...Full Story

BLM seeks input on use of OR public lands

01/30/13 – Resource Management Plans or RMPs are a process in which the BLM is working with communities, to gain innovative ideas and to identify the latest natural resource research on how your Oregon public lands will...Full Story

 

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