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Friends of the Lower Calaveras River
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Polar Bear Clean-up
February 21, 9:00 to 12:00
Followed by a free BBQ.  Meet at the UOP footbridge.  Parking available on the UOP campus, no permit needed
Limning the Lower Calaveras by Jim Marsh
After leaving the keys on the desk following 33 years in public education I was looking for a community service project.  I imagined it would be something related to my early training in zoology and entomology and combining my lifelong interests in natural history, art and photography.
Joining up first with the local environmental watch-dog group, Deltakeeper,
I was just finding my way there when the organization disbanded.  Shortly
after that I learned of the Friends of the Lower Calaveras River, attending
their recruitment event in late spring of 2008.   There seemed to be lots of
other possibilities.  Parts of the river are in sad shape.  The group was looking
to give voice to  that neglect.   One major effort was restoration of salmon.    
It looked like the perfect fit.
What I've elected as my contribution is documentation of the reach of the
Calaveras from Hogan Dam to its outflow in the Delta in West Stockton.  
Current and historic photos, artwork, maps, writing and personal anecdotes
will be the raw material.  I want to call it Limning the Lower Calaveras.  
Limning—an archaic word meaning painting in an artistic way—seemed the
best one to characterize my goal:  to “paint” the river in at least five's presence in space but also through time and the lens of
human perception.
 It is a journalist's work but I've little experience and no credentials in that
realm.  My corner of the FLCR blog can be expected to contain far fewer of
my words—from this point on.  It will feature other kinds of data...starting
with some of my own recent photos.  With a little luck it shouldn’t be long
before other photographers, artists, writers and story miners begin making
their marks—contributions will always be welcomed.
 In it’s way, I hope my contribution will add its small part to the voice the
Lower Calaveras--and every other forgotten natural place--deserves.