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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Study: 58 million dry California trees threatened by drought

Beneath the canopy of snow that recently blanketed California’s mountainsides are vast swaths of forest struggling to survive the drought. A study released this week by the Carnegie Institution for Science counts as many as 58 million trees statewide suffering severe water loss — a startling toll marked by browning leaves and dying limbs that’s far greater than previously thought and spanning spots once believed unharmed, like the dank redwood stands of the North Coast…

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Biomass Power Could Help California’s Dying Forests

Millions of dead trees in California create a huge risk of wildfire. It’s led Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency that will require utilities, power plants and state agencies to work together. Biomass power plants can create energy from those dead trees, but the biomass plants alone may not be able to solve the crisis. At the unloading area at Buena Vista Biomass Power facility near Ione, a hydraulic lift hoists a…

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We’ll Always Have Paris: Climate Change Success Runs Through Forests

The landmark climate agreement signed last weekend in Paris is notable for many reasons, including recognition that renewable energy alone won't solve the climate crisis. Carbon emissions will continue despite best efforts, as the agreement notes, and it says there should be new investment in "negative emissions technologies" to remove carbon from our air. While the phrase might call to mind giant vacuum cleaners or carbon-zapping lasers, the planet already has the perfect carbon scrubbing…

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Seeing the carbon for the trees

By Rita Hite and Jad Daley As U.S. officials put the final touches on our national strategy for the COP21 climate talks in Paris, it is essential that one homegrown climate solution is not overlooked—America’s forests. The last five years have seen unprecedented investment in high barrier climate solutions like renewable energy with incredible success, so why not grab the readily accessible potential waiting in our own country? Forests are nature’s scrubbing devices, so good…

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Calforests Applauds the Governor’s Swift Action on Tree Mortality

SACRAMENTO, Calif – Today, president of the California Forestry Association David Bischel released a statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s emergency declaration on drought related tree mortality. “I applaud the Governor’s swift action in developing a comprehensive plan that addresses the immediate issue of tree die-off in our forests,” said Bischel.  “What we are seeing throughout California is unprecedented.  But we are pleased that the Governor has taken bold action to address the severity of the problem. …

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Salvage logging is first step to recovery after fires

By David A. Bischel / Sacramento Bee, Oct. 13, 2015 As California nears the end of another devastating wildfire season, it’s important that we understand the comprehensive nature of wildfire and how it impacts our forests. Although fire has always been an important part of the Sierra Nevada, the explosive fires…

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