Deputy Mayor of Linden Waneka Arindell is presently representing Guyana at this year’s World Congress of the United Cities Local Government (UCLG) in Bogota, Columbia.Deputy Mayor Arindell (red jacket) along with other representatives from the Caribbean. From left: Mayor Scean Barnswell (Jamaica), CARILED Programme Director Marion Villanueva, Alderman Anthony Roberts (Trinidad and Tobago) and Councillor Ralston Frazer (Belize)Arindell departed on Tuesday to participate in the World Summit being held from October 12 to 15, and continues with a study tour from October 17 to 20.Her trip is fully sponsored by the Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) Project Guyana, an organisation funded by the Canadian Government. The invitation for the World Congress was extended to Linden Mayor, Carwyn Holland, who agreed for the Deputy Mayor to attend.Holland said Arindell’s appointment shows the elevation of the Linden community and municipality, therefore he urged the deputy mayor to use the opportunity to make representation for the twinning of Linden with Bogota. Speaking from the location on Friday, Deputy Mayor Arindell said she is happy to be a part of the initiative, noting that it is a great learning experience.“The purpose of the Guyana local authority’s participation is to learn from experiences and best practices from other local authorities. It is used to strengthen the capacity of other local authorities by participating in various workshops. It helps with collaboration, because you get a chance to hear from other local authorities, how they have been functioning, their best practices, where they may have fallen short…It’s an opportunity for you to share, learn.“It’s an opportunity for you to network with other mayors and municipalities and it’s a wonderful experience”, she added.Held every three years, the event sees the interaction of over 3000 representatives from various towns and cities around the world. Other representatives from the Caribbean this year include Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Cle Elum, WA — Ten miles south of Cle Elum, WA, just beyond the prominent outcrop of Peoh Point, Cle Elum District Ranger Michelle Capp is joined by collaborative partners and interested citizens near Taneum Junction Campground on South Fork Taneum Creek to look at forest health conditions, learn about growing impacts from recreation on watershed health, and to share their ideas for improving the area. “Our communities, recreationists, and collaborative partners are all deeply invested in restoring this cherished landscape,” Capp said. “Thousands of acres across the Taneum area are highly in need of proactive management to be wildfire resilient as well as restored and maintained in a healthy, functioning condition.” Proposed action highlights: Over the next 15 years, fire will be returned to the landscape, reducing hazardous fuels on nearly 6,000 acres.Commercial thinning would help restore dense, overcrowded forests on 2,094 acres while non-commercial thinning is planned on just over 1,028The project is projected to generate more than $5 million dollars in timber value at the mill and support up to 100 jobs for work related to implementation of restoration.Long-term water quality and aquatic habitat would be improved with the replacement of 66 undersized culverts, removal of 7 stream crossings and fish passage barriers.Approximately 105 miles of roads would remain open to provide for sustainable and safe forest recreation access; 11 miles of user created routes would be rehabilitated.Enhancements to the trail network include road to trail conversion, adoption of some user built routes to replace poorly located sections of trail, removal of two fords and the addition of two motorcycle trail bridges in key locations. “We’re also offering open houses and field trips for folks to get involved early on with this effort. We’ll also soon be posting an interactive map that will help transparently show what actions are proposed on public lands,” added Capp. Several upcoming opportunities are being offered to learn more about the project. Two open-house meetings are scheduled: Thursday, April 25 at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, and Friday, April 26 at the Hal Holmes Community Center in Ellensburg. Both open houses will run from 4 to 7 p.m. People are welcome to attend anytime during those three hours to visit with resource specialists to learn more about the proposed restoration treatments. Additionally, three field trips are scheduled May 2, 4, and 7. In accordance with federal regulations, the Forest Service will offer a 30-day formal comment period on the draft Environmental Analysis, which will begin with a legal notice scheduled to be published on May 1, 2019. A final Analysis and draft decision is expected in winter 2020.Press release provided by U.S. Forest Service.