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.
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.
The forests of the Sierra have been heavily impacted by drought, bark beetles, and poor land management. The ACCG believes it vital for local and state entities to support both current and new infrastructure to help mitigate these impacts. This includes keeping current biomass facilities open and functioning (the closest facility is the recently closed biomass power plant in Buena Vista, near Ione), as well as supporting the development of new biomass infrastructure.
It can be tempting to let the challenges we face in the ongoing drought divide us. But there are examples of diverse interests putting aside differences to actually cooperate to solve problems in the Central Valley and surrounding regions.
Five years of drought have led to an epidemic of dead trees in the Central Sierra. Many local pines are dying due to the Western Pine Beetle. The Pine Engraver Beetle is also affecting many pine trees while some cedars are dying directly from drought, without beetles being involved. The trees are weakened by the drought and lack the ability to “pitch out” the insects as they normally can during average-rainfall years. The increased tree death increases the risk of wildfire. Together, we can take action to minimize risks.