June 24, 2021

Precious Headwaters

Potential Impacts of the Idaho Maryland Mine on the Plants, Animals and Aquatic Habitats of the Wolf Creek Watershed

Want to understand what might happen to the environment if Idaho Maryland Mine reopens? On Thursday, June 24, local citizen experts will discuss the potential biological impacts of this proposed project, in a program jointly sponsored by Minewatch and the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

The Brunswick and Centennial sites of the proposed Idaho Maryland Mine project encompass 10 native plant communities, from montane hardwood and Sierra mixed conifer to annual grasslands, from marsh wetlands to chaparral.

Far from being a wasteland despoiled by over 100 years of mining, these sites demonstrate the resilience and critical ecological functions of the native plant communities, wildlife, and aquatic habitat of the Wolf Creek headwaters.

Gary Griffith will describe potential impacts of the mine on stream ecology and on avian and other wildlife species. Jeanne Wilson will discuss the native plant communities found at the proposed mind site and why they are essential to the health and survival of the Wolf Creek watershed.

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Register to Attend This Free Program
This program will be Thursday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About Our Presenters
Gary Griffith, retired educator and California naturalist, volunteers with SYRCL, SSI, and the Wolf Creek Community Alliance. He has monitored stream quality and collected biological data for 20 years at the South Fork of Wolf Creek, the proposed site for mine water discharge.

Jeanne Wilson has had a life-long interest in exploring California’s native plants and wildlife. As president of the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, she works with chapter members to preserve local native plant communities.

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