Why California’s New Wild and Scenic River Is a Big Deal

After years of work, the state’s Mokelumne River has been awarded Wild and Scenic status. It’s a significant win for conservationists and local residents, as well as an important example of consensus building. Written by Steve Evans Published on July 26, 2018 The Mokelumne River became California’s newest Wild and Scenic River when Governor Jerry Brown signed the natural resources budget … Continue reading “Why California’s New Wild and Scenic River Is a Big Deal”

Top Climate Scientist Joins Coalition in Calling for an End to Clearcuts and Timber Plantations

July 10, 2018 by John Talberth One of the world’s leading climate scientists joined a coalition of 18 conservation, scientific, and community organizations calling on Oregon’s new Carbon Policy Office (CPO) and the Department of Forestry (ODF) to do an about-face on the state’s evolving forest carbon policy and to immediately implement measures to curb the harmful … Continue reading “Top Climate Scientist Joins Coalition in Calling for an End to Clearcuts and Timber Plantations”

An End to the Land and Water Conservation Fund?

What has been described as “America’s most-important conservation program” is set to expire Sept. 30. Established in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided—at no cost to U.S. taxpayers—millions of dollars for conservation, land acquisition, park access, infrastructure improvements, and much more. But in December 2015 Congress struck a deal to reauthorize the LWCF … Continue reading “An End to the Land and Water Conservation Fund?”

All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing.

By Rosanna Xia Natural protectors are threatened along coast. Blame rising seas and humans, study says. Hundreds of species would be threatened; floods would worsen. On one side, there’s the rising ocean. On the other, rising buildings. Squeezed between the two are California’s salt marshes, a unique ecosystem filled with pickleweed and cordgrass, shorebirds and … Continue reading “All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing.”

Land use strategies to mitigate climate change in carbon dense temperate forests

Beverly E. Law, Tara W. Hudiburg, Logan T. Berner, Jeffrey J. Kent, Polly C. Buotte and Mark E. Harmon PNAS March 19, 2018. 201720064; published ahead of print March 19, 2018.  Edited by William H. Schlesinger, Duke University, Durham, NC, and approved January 22, 2018 (received for review November 16, 2017)  Significance Regional quantification of … Continue reading “Land use strategies to mitigate climate change in carbon dense temperate forests”

Forest ‘Restoration’ Rule is Ruse to Increase Logging

By Chad T. Hanson January 31, 2018 The U.S. Forest Service recently proposed a sweeping effort to identify aspects of environmental analysis and public participation to be “reduced” or “eliminated” regarding commercial logging projects in our national forests. The Trump administration is attempting to spin this as an effort to promote “increased efficiency” for the … Continue reading “Forest ‘Restoration’ Rule is Ruse to Increase Logging”

Two dams would suck the water bond dry

By Jacques Leslie (from LA Times Opinion Page, April 2018) Spurned dam projects are called vampires because they so often rise from the dead. The term perfectly fits two hoary, misguided proposals under consideration in California as a result of passage of Proposition 1, the 2014 bond measure that set aside $2.7 billion for new … Continue reading “Two dams would suck the water bond dry”

California’s fishing industry is drying up. We need to think big on climate change

By Brian Hines Special to The Sacramento Bee March 28, 2018 When I was ten, I taught myself how to fish in California’s redwood-lined Russian River, once a world-renowned wild steelhead rainbow trout sport fishery. Today, as a veteran trout and salmon sport angler I see how climate change threatens our wild trout and salmon … Continue reading “California’s fishing industry is drying up. We need to think big on climate change”

State can Label Widely used Herbicide as Possible Carcinogen

By Bob Egelko April 19, 2018 A state appeals court on Thursday backed California’s listing of the widely used herbicide glyphosate as a possible cause of cancer and the state’s prohibition against discharging it into public waterways. The chemical is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, popular with farmers as well as homeowners. Citing … Continue reading “State can Label Widely used Herbicide as Possible Carcinogen”