Healthy Forests: Building A Green Future

We are all seeing how California’s lack of precipitation is impacting the state. Without a substantial amount of rainfall this spring, the state will continue to be in severe drought that will have devastating consequences. The general consensus from policy makers, scientists and other climate experts is that the changes…

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Mercury News: Forest management vital for drought

Drought and forests: Managing California forests is crucial to water supply and quality By David Edelson, Patricia Megason and David Bischel Special to the Mercury News 2013 was a year of record drought and wildfires in California, and the risks of droughts and wildfires are only expected to increase in…

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Court Awards SPI Over $24 Million in Moonlight Fire Lawsuit

Anderson, CA – Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) announced today that Judge Leslie C. Nichols, sitting by appointment by the Chief Justice of California as a member of the Assigned Judges Program, ordered the State of California to pay over $24 million to SPI for attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in…

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Land deal protects key bald eagle and trout habitat

Dec. 19, 2013 A unique alliance between a land trust, three timber companies, the climbing community and the Forest Service has resulted in permanent protection of the beloved Castle Crags area in central California, a rock climbing destination and an important water source for the citizens of California.   Two…

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Calforests Quarterly: From the Ashes

New Calforests Quarterly is now available! The fall issue focuses on the intense work to restore our forests in California after major catastrophic fires. While most of the activities happen after the fire, some efforts began years before. Learn more about how reforestation is important to maintaining forest ecosystems and deriving…

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Feds Deny More Disaster Funds for Rim Fire

Not long ago, one of our national treasure was Governor Jerry Brown and the feds declared a state of emergency when the Rim Fire broke out at Yosemite in August, a week after what turned out to be California third-largest wildfire ever roared to life. The Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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Obama appoints Gov. Brown toTask Force on Climate

  “We're going to need to get prepared.  And that’s why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid.  States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get…

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Brown issues executive order for Rim Fire cleanup

Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle   Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday suspending environmental regulations and freeing up money to clean up downed trees and debris, and prevent calamitous mudslides in the huge blackened area left by the Rim Fire.   He also announced that he has asked…

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Rim Fire Update from BAER

September 10 2013 Status Update of Rim Post-Fire BAER Assessment Efforts The Rim post-fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team composed of soil scientists hydrologists engineers geologists archaeologists biologists range specialists geographic information specialists botanists recreation specialists and others were assembled and met on Monday September 9. The team met…

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SF Chronicle : Strengthen our forests – thin the trees

The Rim Fire is one of the largest fires in recent California history. It highlights how every Californian has a stake in our forests, no matter how far away you are from the flames. Thousands of firefighters are working to attack the fire before it destroys the watersheds of Hetch…

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