As the Recreation HQ prepares to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends, we wanted to give you a quick update regarding the Feb - 2012 arrest of Ron LeValley and other associates of Mad River Biologists for embezzlement of over $900,000 dollars. HQ believes this scandal calls into question the quality of their “science” that was used by land management agencies on closure-oriented projects.
July 3, 2013 Times Standard Article on Mad River Biologist Scandalhttp://www.times-standard.com/news/ci_23590360/fallen-forestry-director-cooperating-prosecutors-attorney-federal-charges
HQ believes it is important to find out how much of their science was “dry-lab” vs. field-based research. As a native of Humboldt County, I am concerned that a lot of the public land closures in the area based on LaValley’s “work” related to the Northern Spotted Owl, marbled murrelet, and snowy plover may have been unwarranted.
Link to Feb. 27, 2012 HQ Report on the Initial Arrest of LeValley and Crewhttp://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/2012/02/arrest-of-northcoast-scientists-rivals.html