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Former Chief of the US Forest Service, Dale Bosworth at Subcommittee on Federal Lands Hearing

USFS – Not a Fire Problem but a Land Management Problem

Sierra Sun Times – Sunday, 17 May 2015 – Attending an Oversight Hearing Former USFS Chief Dave Bosworth Said, “We Do Not Have A Fire Problem On Our Nation’s Forests; We Have A Land Management Problem” The House Natural Resources ...»
Replanting our forests and thinning them appropriately is the solution. Saving our forests demands we tend our garden.

Tending Our Forests

Grass Valley Union – May 13, 2015 – By Norm Sauer – Recently, two articles by Christy Sherr of the John Muir Project of the Earth Island Institute argued high-intensity catastrophic fires in our forests provide “the most ecologically diverse ...»

No Water for You

The Wall Street Journal-Updated Feb. 16, 2015 10:30 p.m. California is experiencing its fourth year of drought. More than 1,760 water wells have run dry. Emergency drinking water and shower stations have been delivered to areas of the rural Central ...»
David Edelson of the Nature Conservancy said the group should explore “beavers instead of bulldozers” to help restore mountain meadows and recharge the water table. Photo Verde Independent 7/29/10; insert US Fish and Wildlife

‘Urgency’ key to saving Sierra Nevada forests

The Union – March 5, 2015 SACRAMENTO — Leaders of more than 100 state, federal and nonprofit agencies that touch on the Sierra Nevada watershed gathered Wednesday for what all described as an urgent call for collaboration borne of catastrophes ...»
Snow is scarce in the mountains around Lake Tahoe on Feb. 25. The Sierra Nevada’s snowpack delivers about 60 percent of the freshwater Californians use in their homes, businesses and farms. But more winter precipitation is falling on the Sierra as rain rather than snow, which changes the duration and intensity of runoff.

New partnership seeks to restore Sierra forests

Sacramento Bee – March 9, 2015 The Sierra Nevada is many things to California: a mountain playground in winter and summer, a swath of public land stretching nearly the length of the state, and vital habitat for a broad variety ...»
Dead wood provides important habitat for birds and mammals, but also fuels severe wildfires.

Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics

February 11, 2015 – Phys.org – Healthy forest ecosystems need dead wood to provide important habitat for birds and mammals, but there can be too much of a good thing when dead wood fuels severe wildfires. A scientist with the ...»
Frank Gehrke of the state Department of Water Resources uses a hollow aluminum tube to measure the snowpack at Echo Summit. In a normal year, this location is usually covered in several feet of snow.

Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

On Thursday, California’s snowpack was a paltry 25% of average for this time of year. January 29, 2015 – Los Angeles Times – State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to ...»
Firefighters work in drought conditions on the 2014 King Fire.

Denser California forests raise firefighting questions

LA Times, January 19, 2015 – Drought, fire suppression techniques and changes in land use have made California forests denser and more susceptible to fast-moving wildfires, a study to be released Tuesday has found. Researchers at UC Berkeley, UC Davis ...»
Despite early winter precipitation, California's drought conditions have not gotten better.

Exceptional Drought Expands In Sacramento Valley, Sierra Nevada

Capital Public Radio – 1/15/15 – The United States Drought Monitor released its latest Drought Summary on January 13. The drought update reflects the lack of rain and snow in January. The December 2014 storms have had a positive effect ...»
Business climate in California is in the bottom of the nation.

California ranked among the worst for small business

NFIB – January 3, 2015 – Location, location, location. When it comes to starting or relocating your small business, it matters—now more than ever, according to the latest State Business Tax Climate Index report from the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan ...»
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