The failure of bioenergy to remain viable in California is a classic example of the failure of government to step in and play a role only government can play, designing a marketplace to account for long-term costs and benefits across multiple sectors, when private industry alone cannot address those issues.read more
New Partnership Focuses on Increased Use of Fire in California for Natural Resource and Public Benefits
Federal and State agency officials gathered today with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a Memorandum of Understanding that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California.read more
Beginning this week, about 280 truckloads of wood shreds are being hauled to the Butte Fire burn area where they will later be dropped by helicopters for erosion control.read more
Listen online at the “Forests, Communities, and Fire” website! KQBM Blue Mountain Radio 103.7 and 90.7 has recently begun airing a weekly show “Forests, Communities, and Fire,” hosted by Sierra Fellows Mary Sketch and Robert Zellers as well as previous District 2 Supervisor Steve Wilensky. The show is centered on a diversity of live and field interviews (many with representatives of the ACCG) that discuss what it means to be a steward of the land.read more
Investigator’s report blames tree-trimming practices for exposing weak trees to a nearby power line. CAL FIRE plans to seek $90 million in suppression costs from PG&E. Calaveras County to sue as well, estimates county losses at more than $1 billion.read more
The Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) is seeking a qualified candidate for full-time employment on the CSERC staff. CSERC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to protect water, wildlife, and wild places of the Northern Yosemite region.read more
USGS: Ecosystem Restoration Projects Generate Jobs and Business Activity in Local, Regional, and National Economies
USGS economists evaluated 21 Department of the Interior restoration projects and found that for each dollar invested in ecosystem restoration, there was a two- to three-fold return in economic activity that rippled through local, regional and national economies. Case study projects include restoration activities associated with Natural Resource Damage Assessment sites and Bureau of Land Management sagebrush and sage-grouse habitat restoration, fuels reduction and post-fire restoration projects.read more
The science of post-fire management is oddly compatible with the economic realities facing national forest managers. Large salvage sales require in-depth environmental analyses and can take years to complete. Most attract litigation, leaving dead and dying trees to rot while opponents duke it out in court.read more
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment seeks a Bioenergy Fellow to facilitate the implementation of a biomass processing facility in Wilseyville, California. The Fellow will work with Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS) on advancing a facility in the area, building on work CHIPS has already completed for this projectread more
Position Announcement: Natural Resource Social Science Internship. Applications Due: Monday, April 25, 2016.
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is looking for a motivated individual to fill the six month position of a Natural Resources Social Science Intern.