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December 13, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The plan’s overall goal is to reduce pollutants and trash in Chico’s creeks and waterways, and improve upon the use of storm water as a resource.Top projects will be decided upon by the Storm Water Resources Plan’s Technical Advisory Committee at its next public meeting, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 in the City Council Chambers.The plan’s public meetings haven’t brought out crowds, but there has been a good representation of the organizations that have traditionally held an interest, like The Stream Team, Butte Environmental Council and Friends of Comanche Creek.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

December 8, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Dozens of the old oak trees have fallen at One-Mile Recreation Area in recent years, due to drought, heavy winds and rains, or just the fact that they were old and vulnerable to the elements. The rest of the park has seen its fair share of oaks crashing to the ground, too. City of Chico staff, Butte Environmental Council (BEC) and Chico Tree Advocates have joined forces to identify areas where the forest canopy needs a hand. (BEC organizes a similar project that focuses on oak restoration in Upper Park.)Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

December 4, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Bryce Goldstein, Butte Environmental Council energy conservation program coordinator, said it’s important to recycle old lights to keep valuable materials out of landfills.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

December 4, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Here in our backyard, Butte Environmental Council volunteers pulled 6.8 tons of trash out of our parks and waterways during a recent one-day cleanup.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

December 4, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Robert Dresden of Chico explains planting techniques Tuesday as Chico Tree Advocates, the Butte Environmental Council, the city and several volunteers prepare to plant valley oak acorns around the One-Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

November 16, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The group started small in hopes of eventually making a large impact, initially choosing two areas of focus—Teichert Ponds, between Highway 32 and East 20th Street along Highway 99; and the area behind the CARD Center. The plan is to clear out invasive plants and replace them with native species.

The group is working toward its goal with the backing of a city program called Adopt a Spot, which encourages community involvement in the park by providing resources such as tools, volunteer help and a management plan.Water Warriors relies mostly on volunteers, donations and partnerships like the one with the city.In its short existence, the group is already making strides. The work behind the CARD Center in particular is visible and already paying off.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

November 7, 2017


  • BEC's Executive Director, Natalie Carter and City Council Member Karl Ory present Jane Dolan with the 2017 Michael McGinnis Lifetime Achievement Award at BEC's 42nd Anniversary Gala on October 21, 2017. - ndcarter

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Lifetime achievementTags: no_tagby: ndcarter

November 3, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:From an acorn-planting program to a new fee, urban forest manager Richie Bamlet is moving forward with ideas on how to help Chico’s urban forest, which has suffered because of its age and lack of replacement trees, not to mention the city’s budget issues.For several years, the Butte Environmental Council has been conducting a oak regeneration program in upper Bidwell Park, he noted.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

November 3, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Plans are being put in place that tackle the threat of fire, from prescribed burns to decreasing the amount of burnable material in the park.Last weekend, branches and limbs were cut and hauled to shredders during the Butte Environmental Council park cleanup. That’s the start.Not only do the clumps of vegetation and fallen wood represent fuel sources, but they are also hiding places for transients, Lowe said, noting the Fire Department has responded to several campfire problems in those situations.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

October 27, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:In north Chico (3163 Esplanade) is the Asylum of the Dead, where the crazed Charlie killed his folks and conducted his human experiments, and now the house’s old barn is home to the abominations he created as well as various tortured spirits. The Barbee family runs the attraction as a fundraiser for local charities (suggested donations:
$3 for kids, $5 adults) and opens it
to the public for the entire month, Fridays and Saturdays, plus Halloween, 7-10 p.m. This year’s recipients are Butte Environmental Council and the Hamilton City Fire Department.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter