Monday, February 27, 2012
Arrest of NorthCoast Scientists Rivals Lynx Hoax
By Don Amador
The Recreation HQ believes the recent arrest of Ron LeValley and other associates of Mad River Biologists for embezzlement of over $900,000 dollars will call into question all of the closure-oriented land-use projects this group has been involved with since 1982.
Times Standard Article on Arrest of Northcoast Biologists
North Coast Biologists Stunned by Arrest
North Coast/IndyBay Article on LeValley as MLPA Science Team Member
Affidavit for LeValley and Others
According to Dennis Mayo, founder of Open Beaches and Trails, “Mad River Biologists have been at the center of most recreation-based public land closures in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for the last 10-15 years. At Clam Beach, I tried to warn county and state park officials that this biology firm was using politically motivated ‘science’ that actually was harming the Snowy Plover by insisting on vehicle and equestrian bans instead of focusing on predator controls.”
In another article, it appears that LeValley was involved in a 2009 cover-up regarding the killing of a Blue Whale off the Northcoast of California.
Article on LeValley’s Blue Whale Cover-up
HQ believes this story is much larger then the “Lynx Hoax” that hit a few years ago.
BRC Article on Lynx Hoax
HQ believes the arrest of LeValley and others will call into question the scientific credibility of all research projects and other efforts that LeValley and Mad River Biologists have been involved with since 1982. Those projects and agencies include the Northern Spotted Owl, BLM, FS, California State Parks, California Resources Agency, Pacific Flyway, Plover-related beach closures to vehicles and other public uses, and implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act on the Northcoast.
Many of you will remember back in 2010 when HQ warned readers that the proposed state park vehicle tax would actually be used to fund politically motivated land and sea closure programs such as the MLPA and its parent organization.
HQ Overview of MPLA Funding via the State Park Vehicle Tax (LeValley is on MLPA science team)
This issue also exposes the soft and corrupt (and lucrative) underbelly of the unholy alliance that exists between some environmental groups, scientists, academia, and government agencies.
Be assured that HQ will be following this story.
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