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Marbled Murrelet

No Harm to Marbled Murrelet From Logging

Courthouse News – December 31, 2014 – SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Environmentalists didn’t make their case that California forestry officials overlooked a tiny endangered seabird when they approved a private, noncommercial logging project in Mendocino County, a state appeals court ...»
A canopy of burned pine trees in 2008 was a reminder of the damage caused by the Moonlight fire the year before in Plumas County. Randy Pench Sacramento Bee file

Cal Fire needs to come clean on Moonlight fire

Sacramento Bee – January 3, 2015 – Carefully and truthfully finding the origin and cause of fires plays a key role in fire prevention and the protection of lives and property in California. Between the two of us, we proudly ...»
The the chief judge of the eastern district of California stated that there is an “epidemic” of prosecutorial misconduct in the Moonlight Fire case.

It’s Called the Department of Justice, not the Department of Revenue

Commentary Magazine – October 19, 2014 – In 2007, a huge forest fire burned 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in California and neighboring states. The Justice Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) went after ...»
Enterprise Bridge on Lake Oroville, August 19, 2014. Lake Oroville is currently at 32 percent of its capacity.

Alternative Solutions To California Water Woes

August 31, 2014 – mymotherlode.com – Vera Strader, UCCE Master Gardener of Tuolumne County California cannot manufacture water, so while the state grows and warms, our water dwindles. Proposed solutions to California’s water shortfall include multi-billion dollar water bonds and ...»
California Lightning Strikes

11,993 Lightning Strikes Hit California

NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 12, 2014 – YubaNet – As expected, lightning activity was very high yesterday. 11,993 lightning strikes hit the ground in California yesterday, with many more cloud-only lightning. The increased activity sparked a multitude of small fires ...»
Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog

U.S. Forest Service Agrees to Stop Tree-Thinning Project

August 11, 2014 – uncovercalifornia.com – A tree-thinning project at Lake Tahoe has been put on hold for the time being. A lawsuit has been filed against the project raising concern about an endangered frog species. The U. S. Forest ...»
Logan Page, stewardship director of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, looks over the edge of Big Table Mountain into the gorge containing the upper reaches of Millerton Lake near Temperance Flat.

Brown’s ‘no-frills’ water bond offers no help for California

Fresno Bee – August 7, 2014 $6 billion isn’t nearly enough, and a smart bond would include at least $3 billion for dams In case you haven’t noticed, there are two versions of the contemporary Gov. Jerry Brown. There’s the ...»
Cal Fire inspectors go over a Napa Valley property.

Fire citations vary between regions of California

The Associated Press – July 19, 2014 – State data shows wide geographic discrepancies in the number of citations issued by fire officials to California property owners for failing to clear brush and trees around homes in areas prone to ...»

Government Dries Up California’s Water Supply

Price and other controls make it much harder to deal with the drought. Wall St. Journal – Edward P. Lazear – June 26, 2014 Many parts of the country, notably California and Texas, are experiencing intense drought. California rainfall in ...»
Wolf listed as endangered

State board votes to protect California wolf

Red Bluff Daily News – 6/8/14 – FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Gray wolves roaming into California from Oregon will have added protections now that a state board has listed the species as endangered despite other parts of the country relaxing ...»
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