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September 9, 2022

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November 30, 2021

Agreement reached with US Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct new Status Review of California Spotted Owls

 

October 19, 2021

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced that it is seeking public comment on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Pacific fisher, southern Sierra Nevada distinct population segment (DPS), as required by the Endangered Species Act.

 

February 2, 2021

There is an important new General Technical Report from the U.S. Forest Service: Postfire Restoration Framework for National Forests in California (PSW-GTR-270). Download the report here.

 

May 15, 2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally lists the Pacific Fisher as an endangered species--a decision nearly thirty years in the making

 

April 15, 2020

Formal Notice of Intent to sue the Trump administration's Fish and Wildlife Service: Failure to protect the California spotted owl

 

January 6, 2020

Read our comment letter to the Inyo National Forest regarding the Eastern Sierra Fire Restoration and Maintenance Project

 

September 27, 2019

Read our coalition comments on the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests' revised draft land management plans and revised draft environmental impact statement

Read additional comment letters, and learn more here.

 

September 10, 2019

Take Action! Your comments needed on new forest management plans for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests

Comments are due by September 26, 2019

 

 

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Giant Sequoias: Reducing Fire Risk and Increasing Resilience

A good example of the role that prescribed fire is playing to restore fire resilience in giant sequoia groves can be found in the recent Washburn Fire. It began on July 7, 2022, in the vicinity of the Wawona entrance to Yosemite National Park, and burned into the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. The grove is the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite, and is home to over five hundred mature giant sequoias, most of which are over 2,000 years old. The Park has conducted 21 prescribed fires in the grove since 1971. Not a single large giant sequoia was lost in the fire. 

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Image right: National Park Service personnel working to protect a giant sequoia in the Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park July, 2022. Photo credit: NPS/AP.

 

Forest Plan Revisions: The Final Stretch for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests

A new planning rule was adopted by the Forest Service in 2012 to guide the revision of forest plans throughout the Nation. In anticipation of this new planning rule and the work ahead to revise forest plans in the Sierra Nevada, we worked with partners to develop National Forests in the Sierra Nevada: A Conservation Strategy as our roadmap to conservation in the bioregion.

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Image right: Graphic of the process used to develop the new forest management plans (USFS)

 

Science in Brief

Sierra Meadow Ecosystems: Restoration and Livestock Grazing

Wet meadow ecosystems, especially those that are healthy and properly functioning, provide a wide variety of ecosystems services and benefits. These well recognized benefits have been embraced by agencies and programs that fund meadow conservation and have resulted in increased investment in restoration. At the same time, livestock grazing is a common practice in Sierran meadows and may impact restoration success.

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Image above right: Wet Meadow Spring on the Stanislaus NF, heavily trampled and polluted by cattle. Image by CSERC.

 

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