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Welcome to the SAFE website! SAFE is a California nonprofit, IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3), membership corporation, headquartered in beautiful Trinity County in northern California. SAFE is a volunteer, grassroots, environmental organization active in Trinity County, CA since 1979. SAFE is dedicated to promoting healthy ecosystems through education, community involvement, organizing, demonstrations, activism and legal remedies. Please see our SAFE Projects and SAFE History for more information on SAFE’s activities and accomplishments.

Read SAFE News online! Colleen O'Sullivan is the former SAFE News editor. We welcome Helen Stone as our new SAFE News editor! Newsletters are published every other month. Read January and March 2014; February, March, MayJuly, September, and November 2013. Read back issues (2008 - 2012) on Projects Page. Newsletters are in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat to view them. If you enjoy reading SAFE News online, please consider making a donation. If want to read SAFE News in paper format, you can subscribe to SAFE News by emailing Virginia Rice. You can also pick up the latest SAFE News at Weaverville, Hayfork and Lewiston libraries, as well as at Mountain Marketplace in Weaverville and Norel-Pom Natural Foods in Hayfork.

In January 2012 SAFE News there is an article about the Trinity River and Trinity Lake and how they are threatened by the Peripheral Canal or Tunnel. Click here to download and print a sample letter you can mail (or email) to Barbara Boxer regarding this issue.

In January 2011 SAFE News there is an article about Assembly Bill 32 and Forest Carbon Offset Rules. Read letter that S.A.F.E. signed onto that was sent to California Air Resources Board.


Read the Winter 2011 issue of Forestland Steward newsletter. It has an inspiring look at Community Forests in California. Each of the four community forests featured has a unique approach based on the community's needs and circumstances. All the links in this pdf are live. Click on them to connect to more information.

Upcoming environmental events:
 

2014 SAFE MEETINGS & POTLUCKS are held on SUNDAYS in MARCH, JUNE, and NOVEMBER (annual meeting). The next SAFE meeting is on SUNDAY JUNE 8 in Hayfork at the residence of Bob & Jan Mountjoy at 1pm.

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or complete list of upcoming environmentally related events including SAFE meetings, please see Calendar of environmentally-related events.

APRIL 2014 CALENDAR:
SUN APRIL 13: HAYFORK - TIMBERJACKS 4H CLUB MEETING at Hayfork Youth Center at 5pm. Projects in swine, dairy goats, horses, poultry, beekeeping, sewing, electronics & electric, etc. Membership is open to children 5 and older and to parents or caretakers who would like to volunteer time to teach a skill or supervise a project. Children can become members even if parent is unable to lead a project, but they must attend meetings regularly. Visitors are welcome but must follow fairgrounds and 4-H rules of conduct. More info: call Kathy at 628-4221 or 628-4400. Second Sunday each month.

MON APRIL 14: WEAVERVILLE - WEAVERVILLE AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER ACTION TEAM (DAT) MEETING at Trinity County Library Conference room at 7pm. Shasta chapter of DAT provides free training, including CPR and First Aid. They respond to house & forest fires, power outages, stranding due to weather, and more! There are DATs in Weaverville, Hayfork, Lewiston, and Trinity Center/Coffee Creek. The future goal is to have all of Trinity County covered, even in more rural areas like Junction City/Down River, and Van Duzen/Ruth/Southern Trinity. That way, not just a small group of people will have to do it all, they will have local groups in all communities. If you are interested in helping to protect your community: call Katie Quinn (Lewiston DAT) at 778-3307, Barbara or Mike Bagnod (Weaverville DAT) at 623-1142 or Mike Hurley at 778-0577. Second Monday each month.

TUES APRIL 15: LEWISTON - LEWISTON AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER ACTION TEAM (DAT) MEETING at lower level of Community Center at 6:30pm. Shasta chapter of DAT provides free training, including CPR and First Aid. They respond to house & forest fires, power outages, stranding due to weather, and more! There are DATs in Weaverville, Hayfork, Lewiston, and Trinity Center/Coffee Creek. The future goal is to have all of Trinity County covered, even in more rural areas like Junction City/Down River, and Van Duzen/Ruth/Southern Trinity. That way, not just a small group of people will have to do it all, they will have local groups in all communities. If you are interested in helping to protect your community: call Katie Quinn (Lewiston DAT) at 778-3307, Barbara or Mike Bagnod (Weaverville DAT or Hayfork DAT) at 623-1142 or Mike Hurley at 778-0577. Third Tuesday each month.

TUES APRIL 15: HAYFORK - HAYFORK COOPERATIVE MEETING at Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7pm. Acorns are especially timely because this is the time of year people indigenous to Hayfork and the surrounds, the Nor Rel Muk band of the Wintu Nation, celebrated and prayed for this year’s acorns. Acorns were a major food for them, and remain a very important source of subsistence for mammals and birds, including deer, grey squirrels, grey foxes, rabbits, raccoon, quail, wild turkeys, and worms. Acorns are important to more than 100 vertebrate species. With the appearance of sudden oak death in Trinity County it is also a good time to focus on the tree’s importance and like the ancestors, pray for the oak’s well being. Ted Dawson has been teaching children and others here about acorn meal and other native foods and medicines he learned about from his Nor Rel Muk grandmother. Ted has a passion for his ancestral ways and is devoted to sharing them.  He completed a degree as a Health Educator at UC Santa Cruz and also earned an Herbalist Certificate after completing a two-year program at The Global College of Natural Medicine. Most importantly he gained first hand information from the elders. Drawing from all this information  Ted developed his Mountain Wintu Herbs line of products which he will have available with him. He is also a health consultant. Ted has a wonderful enthusiasm for his topic and welcomes others’ questions and comments. Come learn about and celebrate that mighty servant plant, the oak tree. Events are always free, but they ask for donations for presenters and for Northern Delights for providing such a pleasant place to meet. You can check out books from Hayfork Cooperative’s lending library managed by Judy Godair. Feel free to bring seeds, plants, bulbs, gardening magazines and periodicals to share. They do not ask for dues as this is a cooperative. However, please support Northern Delights with your business. They want everyone to have a say in programs and decisions and here to guide only, not to push a program. More info or if you have suggestions talk to: Susan Bower. All are welcome to this free event. Third Tuesday each month.

WED APRIL16: HYAMPOM - HYAMPOM COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING at 7pm. HCSD governs operations of Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department (HymVFD). HymVFD services include both structure and wildland firefighting, and emergency medical services provided by staffing and operating the Hyampom Ambulance. Recently, HCSD has also been responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementation of fire safe grants and fuels reduction projects within Hyampom Valley. Currently, meeting notifications and agendas are posted on community bulletin board. Their goal is to also use email to communicate with interested community members. Additional emails may include notifications about a change in meeting times and/or dates, special meetings, and fire safe planning or project activities. If you'd like to be on HCSD email list: email John Rapf at jrapf@hughes.net or Pat Mortensen at patmortensen68@gmail.com. Third Wednesday each month.

THURS APRIL 17: SOUTHERN TRINITY, CA - HUMBOLDT-TRINITY RECREATION ALLIANCE (HTRA) MEETING at home of Millie Pollard (432 Van Duzen Road) at 6:30pm. More info: call Gail Glass at 707-574-6269. Third Thursday each month.

TUES APRIL 22: WEAVERVILLE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING in BOS chambers at Trinity County Library meeting room at 9am. View meeting info, agenda, and archived minutes. Second & fourth Tuesdays each month. See 2014 BOS meeting calendar.

THURS APRIL 24: WEAVERVILLE - TRINITY COUNTY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL MEETING at TCRCD conference room on Horseshoe Lane (behind front office) at 7pm. More info or for agenda: contact Noreen Doyas or Pat Frost at Trinity County Resource Conservation District (TCRCD) at 623-6004. Fourth Thursday each month.