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June 9, 2021

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February 2, 2021

There is a 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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Creek Fire Shaver Lake area Positive Outcomes from 2020 Sierra Nevada Megafires

Three of the largest events of 2020--the North Complex, SQF Complex, and the Creek Fire–-occurred in the Sierra Nevada throughout late summer and fall. Although these were overwhelmingly negative events for both ecosystems and people, there are some areas of these fires that burned beneficially, as well as some success stories that we think are worth sharing. Here, we dive into each of these three fires to explore lessons learned. Read more

Image above: The Creek Fire near Shaver Lake, image by The Fresno Bee

Harold Biswell 1976 Image by Mike YostThe Fire Restoration Challenge in California

In the past 120 years forest managers have struggled with the challenges of working in a natural ecosystem that is strongly fire associated, while trying to get that system to conform to an agricultural model of timber production and fire suppression. This has led to a culturally and ecologically tragic misunderstanding of the California landscape. Read more

 

Image right: Harold Biswell, 1976. Image by Mike Yost

 

Monarch butterfly on Asclepias speciosa Image by FWS 2Spotlight on Species: Native Milkweed in the Sierra Nevada (Asclepias)

Milkweed, or Asclepias--known for its milky sap that can be both toxic, medicinal, and useful, and for its role as the only larval host plant for the imperiled monarch butterfly, is well represented in California. Fifteen species occur here, six of which are found in the Sierra Nevada. Read more

 

Image right: Monarch butterfly on Asclepias speciosa. Image by USFWS

 

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