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Fish and Game Commission hears grant requests - 0 views

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  • The commissioners also heard grant request presentations from a variety of local organizations and events. Grant requests were heard from kids fishing events in Chico, Oroville, Gridley, and two kids events in Paradise. Additional applicants included the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife foundation, Butte Environmental Council, Chico State Research Foundation, North Valley Community Foundation, Gaines & Associates, Paradise Bow Hunters, and Troop 2 Boy Scouts. Final grant approvals and amounts will be given out at the commission’s Feb. 6 meeting in Chico.

Interest group being formed for Butte County oak ordinance - 0 views

  • The proposed oak woodland mitigation ordinance, created by the county, made its way through the first workshop of the Butte County Planning Commission last week.
  • Natalie Carter of Butte Environmental Council attended the workshop.

Chico News & Review - Enduring legacy - Sustainability - Green - December 28, 2017 - 0 views

  • So, when the Butte Environmental Council honored her Oct. 21 with its Lifetime Achievement Award (named after founding member and former Chico Mayor Michael McGinnis), the tribute recognized someone continuing to contribute, albeit less conspicuously.

    Executive Director Natalie Carter, in explaining how BEC’s board selected Dolan, said that “she’s been a champion for environmental issues for decades and has had a very powerful and strong voice in our community standing up for values that our members hold dear. We really couldn’t think of anybody better to recognize this year.”

    "Executive Director Natalie Carter, in explaining how BEC's board selected Dolan, said that "she's been a champion for environmental issues for decades and has had a very powerful and strong voice in our community standing up for values that our members hold dear. We really couldn't think of anybody better to recognize this year.""

City narrowing down top projects for state storm water grant - 0 views

  • 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.

Chico News & Review - Seeds of tomorrow - Sustainability - Green - December 7, 2017 - 0 views

  • 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.)

Here are decorating tips to help you save money and energy this holiday season - 0 views

  • Bryce Goldstein, Butte Environmental Council energy conservation program coordinator, said it’s important to recycle old lights to keep valuable materials out of landfills.

Chico News & Review - It takes a village - Guest Comment - Opinions - November 30, 2017 - 0 views

  • 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.

Bidwell Park oaks get a helping hand - 0 views

  • 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.

Chico News & Review - Love for the creek - Sustainability - Green - November 16, 2017 - 0 views

  • 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.

Lifetime achievement - 0 views

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    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.

Chico's new urban forester plants ideas - 0 views

  • 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.

Fallen tree clean-up planned for Bidwell Park - 0 views

  • 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.

Chico News & Review - Halloweening well - Scene - Arts&Culture - October 26, 2017 - 0 views

  • 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.

30th Annual Bidwell Park and Creeks clean up in Chico - KRCR - 0 views

  • Each year the Butte Environmental Council teams up with the city of Chico and county to collect trash in the city's creeks and parks.
  • "This year we have received a huge amount of support not only from our community but the businesses, "said Butte Environmental Watershed Coordinator, Angel Gomez, "We have received more sponsorships this year than we have in years past. People are really starting to take ownership of the creeks in Chico." 

Chico News & Review - City grants announced - Downstroke - Local Stories - September 28... - 0 views

  • Organizations participating in the Community Grant Program raised more than $174,000 in August, and the city of Chico will contribute about $53,000 more to that total.

Community grant program awards more than $220K to Chico nonprofits - 0 views

  • Block Party with a Purpose
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      Butte Environmental Council: Raised $20,675, received additional $5,319.34 from city. Project: Block Parties with a Purpose.

After the eclipse: What do I do with my glasses? - 0 views

    Butte Environmental Council will gladly accept your solar glasses to recycle.

Don't let vampire devices drain your electricity and increase your bills - 0 views

  • “Vampire energy drain,” as it’s often called, costs U.S. households about $19 billion annually, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council that analyzed the utility meters of 70,000 Northern California homes.
  • Becky Holden, education outreach coordinator for Butte Environmental Council, said not only does the local population continue to grow, but technology has advanced to the point where it’s common for one person to own many devices, like a tablet, laptop, cellphone, iPod and GPS device.

    “All the outlets are full,” she said.


Chico waste rates are changing, but customers can still save money - 0 views

  • It’s worth noting the city has approved the main components of the waste hauling agreement, but has not finalized the details. There will likely be more tweaks made before the October date. The agreement returns to the City Council on July 5.
  • “A lot of people aren’t quite sure what can be recycled,” Holden said. When in doubt, some people tend to just throw things out, or throw too much into the recycling bin.
  • maximizing use of recycling bins, using donation stations and learning to compost can help costs drop “enormously,” especially for people using the largest bin size.
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  • Once people realize how easy it is to compost, Holden said they can create their own nutrient rich soil and put organic waste back into the ground instead. “It’s water, food, brown material, cardboard and sunshine,” Holden said.
  • Residents and businesses can end up being slammed with extra fees if they are not disposing of waste correctly. Learning what not to do can help people avoid unnecessary fees.
  • “The goal is to deliver clean recyclables to manufacturers to create new materials and clean green waste to return as compost,”

Chico News & Review - Ohm sweet ohm - Editorial - Opinions - May 25, 2017 - 0 views

  • The city has scheduled home energy-efficiency workshops in three neighborhoods composed predominantly of older houses: Barber, Chapman and the Avenues. Speakers from the Butte Environmental Council and North Valley Energy Watch will describe quick retrofits, upgrade options and rebate programs. The workshops will take place on successive Wednesday evenings starting May 31 (see “Power to the people,” Greenways, page 16).

    You can’t beat the price: free. Organizers hope to boost attendance by serving ice cream—also free—and handing out prizes.

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