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Carbon Credit Auction Comes Up Short

The EPA has identified carbon as a pollutant and a "carbon credit" market has been designed to fund efforts to reduce carbon pollution. California, known for chronic budget shortfalls, was the first state to jump into the carbon market.  Lawmakers and environmentalists envisioned billions of income to plug chronic budget gaps and fund special programs fighting climate change.

As noted in the article from the Sacramento Bee, initial projections of income are falling short.

Like the "derivatives market", the "carbon credit market" is fiction.  The implosion of derivatives resulted in economic chaos.  With auction income falling short of projections, is this another economic calamity in the making?

--Sacramento Bee article--

State environmental leaders this week hailed California's first auction of carbon emissions credits a huge success.

But budget writers are hardly thrilled.

John Stewart

Carbon Credit Auction Comes Up Short

The EPA has identified carbon as a pollutant and a "carbon credit" market has been designed to fund efforts to reduce carbon pollution. California, known for chronic budget shortfalls, was the first state to jump into the carbon market.  Lawmakers and environmentalists envisioned billions of income to plug chronic budget gaps and fund special programs fighting climate change.

As noted in the article from the Sacramento Bee, initial projections of income are falling short.

Like the "derivatives market", the "carbon credit market" is fiction.  The implosion of derivatives resulted in economic chaos.  With auction income falling short of projections, is this another economic calamity in the making?

--Sacramento Bee article--

State environmental leaders this week hailed California's first auction of carbon emissions credits a huge success.

...
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NOTICE OF MEETING AND TOUR OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION COMMISSION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission, pursuant to authority contained in Section 5090.24 of the Public Resources Code and Section 11120 et seq. of the Government Code, will conduct a tour on November 30, 2012 and will meet on December 1, 2012 according to the following schedule.

OHMVR Commission Tour: Friday, November 30, 2012 Hollister Hills SVRA

Time and Tour Information: The tour will meet at the Hollister Hills Training Building at 10 am (please see attached map). The tour will last six hours and end back at the Training Building at approximately 4 pm. In order to participate in this tour, you must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The tour will involve some walking over uneven terrain. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Services will be limited during the tour route, but we will stop at the camp store which has a payphone as well as sundry items. Cell phone service is intermittent. Participants should be prepared with sufficient food and water supplies for a full day on the trail.

John Stewart

NOTICE OF MEETING AND TOUR OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION COMMISSION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission, pursuant to authority contained in Section 5090.24 of the Public Resources Code and Section 11120 et seq. of the Government Code, will conduct a tour on November 30, 2012 and will meet on December 1, 2012 according to the following schedule.

OHMVR Commission Tour: Friday, November 30, 2012 Hollister Hills SVRA

Time and Tour Information: The tour will meet at the Hollister Hills Training Building at 10 am (please see attached map). The tour will last six hours and end back at the Training Building at approximately 4 pm. In order to participate in this tour, you must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The tour will involve some walking over uneven terrain. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Services will be limited during the tour route, but we will stop at the camp store which has a payphone as well as sundry items. Cell phone service is intermittent. Participants should be prepared with sufficient food and water supplies for a full day on the trail.



OHMVR Commission Meeting:

Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 a.m. – until adjournment
San Benito County Board of Supervisors Chambers 481 Fourth Street, Floor 1 Hollister, CA 95023-3840
The Commission will hear items on the attached agenda in the order they appear.

Information on agenda items will be available for review at the Department of Parks and Recreation's District offices at Ocotillo Wells SVRA, 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs; Oceano Dunes SVRA, 340 James Way, Suite 270, Pismo Beach; Hollister Hills SVRA, 7800 Cienega Road, Hollister; Hungry Valley SVRA, 46001 Orwin Way, Gorman; Prairie City SVRA, 13300 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova; Carnegie SVRA, 15715 Tesla Road, Livermore; the OHMVR Division's Headquarters, 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento; and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTICE IS GIVEN that any person may file a written statement on the proposed actions by writing to the undersigned or may present written statements at the meeting on December 1, 2012. Members of the public presenting written or graphic materials as part of their public comments to the Commission are requested to provide fourteen (14) copies to the Commission recording secretary. Inquiries may be directed to the OHMVR Division at 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, California 95816 or (916) 324-4442.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Commission meeting minutes will be posted on the OHMVR web site after being approved (ohv.parks.ca.gov ).

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John Stewart

Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is focus of new report

Report finds that disturbances are shifting within beargrass habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. November 19, 2012. Beargrass is an ecologically, culturally, and economically important plant in the Western United States and, for the first time, landowners, managers, and harvesters now have a comprehensive report about the species.

The report, Natural and Cultural History of Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax), published by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, identifies critical knowledge gaps and areas for future research. It also documents how changes in disturbance, including fire, may affect the species across its range.

“Beargrass is emblematic of a web of natural and cultural diversity in the West,” said Susan Stevens Hummel, a research forester at the station and lead author of the report. “This means that organisms and processes—like people, plants, and pollinators—are interrelated.”

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