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Beavers do their part for fish habitat

Need a logjam? Ask a beaver, restoration experts say.
Need a logjam? Ask a beaver, restoration experts say. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
During a walk along Terwer Creek while reporting for Thursday’s article on the Yurok Tribe’s fish habitat restoration work, “Bringing back the logjams,” fisheries biologist Sarah Beesley spoke about one of nature’s best fish habitat builders: beavers.

Walking past a side channel created by a logjam, Beesley pointed out branches obviously gnawed by a beaver and lamented the open bag limit for hunting beavers that applies to most of California, including Del Norte, for five months out of the year.

Beaver dams are an example of nature’s engineered logjams, and so the more beavers that exist, the less restoration work needed.

“We’re trying to get (CDFW) to change their policies on beavers, because beavers do a lot for coho recovery and we need them to be working side-by-side with us and right now they are on the nuisance list,” she said.

— Adam Spencer

Guilty conscience?

A Crescent City police officer was driving on patrol near 9th and L streets around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday when he witnessed a man crash his bike.

The officer checked on the man, who declined medical attention.

The man explained that he crashed due to being nervous because he thought there was an arrest warrant out for him.

— Anthony Skeens

Turning to a familiar face

Crescent City has enlisted the help of local civil engineer and former city manager Mike Young to manage several grant-funded projects, many of which have to be finished by October.

Young will oversee the Second Street Sewer Rehabilitation Project, the geothermal energy project at the Fred Endert Municipal Swimming Pool and Crescent City Cultural Center, and upgrades to Shoreline RV Park. He will also manage the seismic retrofitting at the Crescent City Fire Hall and repairs to the revetment at Howe Drive Park.

The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a part-time contract with Young. He will be paid $90 per hour for the first 200 hours and then $75 per hour for every subsequent hour. Young is expected to work for the city through November.

City Manager Eugene Palaz-
zo said he plans to make the project management position with the city’s Public Works Department permanent. It was previously held by Eric Wier, who became the public works director following the retirement of Jim Barnts in December.

— Jessica Cejnar


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