This year, California is again experiencing large wildfires that threaten lives, property, wildlife habitat and water quality. Climate change, four years of drought, a century of fire suppression, and the state’s failure to stem rural sprawl have created the elements necessary for the perfect firestorm. Something has to change. But what?
The Alpine Biomass Committee’s kickoff meeting on July 21st was a success. The sixty attendees included local residents, all five Alpine County Supervisors, U. S. Forest Service District Rangers, representatives from the Washoe community, the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group, CHIPS, the BLM, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and other agencies . There was broad consensus that
A bill in the California Legislature aims to improve water supplies by restoring key watersheds in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges. Critics say that’s an important step, but the bill needs to go further.
The head regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service in California, Hawaii and the Pacific islands and officials representing the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority Wednesday signed a 10-year deal that is expected to bring new jobs to the region and thin forests to reduce wildfire risk and improve water yields and quality.