San Francisco Chronicle: Turn dead trees into electricity

By David Bischel and Paul Wenger: California’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start. Fueled by overcrowded forests that are dry from drought and by more than 66 million drought-killed trees, it’s important that California consider how we as a state can safely and efficiently deal with disposing of the excess wood. So far this year, California wildfires have burned more than 193,000 acres. We have more than 66 million trees killed from the…

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San Diego Union Tribune: Dead forest trees threaten public safety

By David Bischel & Jeff Bowman: State officials and forest owners say the current tree mortality epidemic that has killed more than 66 million trees statewide (with millions more at risk), significantly increases the risk of wildfire and call it an immediate threat to public health and safety. The tree mortality epidemic we are experiencing is a combination of overcrowded forests and five years of drought, which weakens the trees’ natural defense mechanism and makes…

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JW Bamford Inc. Job Vacancies

JW Bamford Inc., a well-established timber company seeking to hire a full-time registered professional forester in Northern California.  The forester will need to write Timber Harvest Plans or 1038k Exemptions, and work in conjunction with the contractors who will remove timber in local destinations. Also seeking to hire a Forest Tech to work in woods doing layout, creek zone flagging, property lines and assist forester in THP/Exemption prep.  For application or more information email: HR@p31.enterprises…

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US Fish & Wildlife Service Decision on Fisher Recognizes Landowner Partnerships

  On April 14, 2016, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (the “Service”) concluded that west coast populations of fisher are not facing extinction and recognized that collaborative voluntary conservation efforts by state agencies and private landowners are providing conservation benefits for fisher on millions of acres across the range of the fisher in three states. The Service found that the threats to fisher were significantly less than feared, and did not warrant a…

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Treat wildfires like other natural disasters

More than 10 million acres of forest burned in 2015, the worst year for U.S. wildfires ever recorded. With incredibly dry conditions across the American West, fire lines were intensely hot and flames spread faster, producing some of the most dangerous conditions firefighters have ever seen. In the face of climate change and drought, longer and more severe fire seasons are to be expected. But last year the United States also suffered more catastrophic fires.…

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Drought’s Alarming Toll on California Forests

New research using high-tech tools to measure the moisture in trees found that 120 million trees across nearly every part of California are at risk of dying. Predictions that trends of higher temperatures and decreased precipitation will continue in the future could transform the state’s forests California is littered with dead trees. Four years of drought have pushed countless lone pines and forests alike to the brink of collapse, turning entire swathes of mountains from…

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Sierra Pacific Industries Seek Biologist

Biologist Forestry Division - Sonora District Sonora, CA Close:  02/29/2016 Job Type: Full-Time Job Description The Wildlife and Botany Program of our Forestry Division has an opening for a qualified Biologist to help manage Sierra Pacific Industries’ forestlands in the central Sierra Nevada.  The position will deal primarily with wildlife issues, but familiarity with botany issues is desirable. The successful applicant will be based at our Sonora-area office, and the primary geographic focus area will…

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Michigan-California Timber Company Seek Wildlife/Forestry Technician

Michigan California Timber Company, an affiliate of Timber Products Company, located in Yreka, California, is recruiting for a Wildlife and Forestry Technician.  The position is responsible for providing general forest management assistance, timber harvest planning and wildlife surveying.  Nighttime surveying of spotted owls is the primary job task from April through July. Responsibilities also include contract administration, fieldwork, interaction with regulatory personnel, and timber cruising.  This job will be based in Yreka, California, working on…

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