Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project wraps up its research

Group prepares final reports to inform future adaptive forest management efforts Last week, Calforests had the chance to catch up with Anne Lombardo and talk about the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP). SNAMP is an independent group of researchers that act as a non-bias, third party source of information…

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California Pest Council Releases Yearly Report

Each year, the California Forest Pest Council distributes a report on the status  pest conditions, primarily those of forest insects, diseases, and animal damage and the impact of forest health. The report accounts how stressors such as record low rainfall have allowed forest insect pests to thrive in 2013. The…

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RIM FIRE RECOVERY: Volunteers Help Clean up areas damaged by Rim Fire

Tumble Mustard Eradication Project We all know about the devastating Rim Fire that rocked California with over 250,000 acres of burned forestland in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties. The wreckage shut down huge portions of Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park because it was unsafe for visitors and staff. Unstable…

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Tree Rings Record History of Drought

Using tree rings, researchers have created a record of droughts dating back hundreds to thousands of years. Discover Magazine By Lauren Gravitz, Peter Smith   By studying variations in tree rings in forests around the world, Neil Pederson and colleagues at the Tree Ring Laboratory at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth…

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Exploring Sustainable Building

The need to reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions from construction will become increasingly critical as demand for new buildings, bridges and other infrastructure is expected to surge worldwide. Sustainable building can help improve the longevity and the quality of our world’s natural resources.  Green building has already gained…

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Water and Forest Health Go Hand-in-hand

As California continues to face on-going drought the impacts on the land are becoming more apparent and severe. In fact, nearly 70% of the state of California is suffering from ‘extreme’ drought or ‘exceptional’ drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  Those are the two highest-intensity classifications that make up…

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Managing Forests to help save California’s climate

It’s April. Flowers are in bloom and birds are singing high in the trees - spring has sprung – which means Earth Month is here again. The California Forestry Association is celebrating earth month by sharing the benefits and the importance of forest management. We know that trees and forests…

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Your Input Needed on the Rim Fire

Stanislaus National Forest Officials want your thoughts on the final draft of the plan for removal of timber charred by the Rim Fire. Something they hope to have started by April. The Draft Rim Fire Hazard Tree Project Environmental Assessment has been issued. Yesterday a 30-day public comment period began.…

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Illegal poaching in Redwood National Park

Redwood trees are the object of poachers in northern California. Illegal poaching of resources from national parks has a long, unsettling history. In Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it’s ginseng poaching. InPetrified Forest National Park, it’s thievery of fossilized trees. Out on California’s North Coast, though, the poaching is being conducted…

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