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June 8, 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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Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire

On March 30, 2022, California Governor Newsom’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force released the Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire. The plan will expand the use of prescribed fire, cultural burning, and fire managed for resource benefit—collectively referred to as beneficial fire--in order to significantly improve the resilience of California’s fire-dependent ecosystems. The trailblazing new plan provides a roadmap to significantly increase the pace and scale of these forest management activities through 2025.

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Image right: Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire, 2022.

 

Science in Brief: Higher Incidence of High-Severity Fire is Associated with Industrially Managed Forests

As reported in this recent important study, there isBurned industrial plantation King Fire ENF 2016 a greater likelihood of high severity fire being located on industrial lands as compared to other lands. High-severity fire incidence was also found to be greater in areas adjacent to private industrial land. Together, the authors conclude that the prevailing forest management practices on private industrial timberland may increase high-severity fire occurrence.

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Image above right: Industrial plantations burned with high intensity in King Fire, El Dorado National Forest, 2014

 

Chamaebatia foliolosaSpotlight on Species: Kit-kit-dizze (Chamaebatia foliolosa)

Kit-kit-dizze--also known as mountain misery, bear clover, and bear mat--may well be the most emblematic plant of any occurring in the understory of the forests of the Sierra Nevada. It’s endemic to California (that means, it doesn’t occur anywhere else in the world), and the heart of its distribution is here in the Sierra Nevada. Read more

Image right: Chamaebatia foliolosa by Stan Shebs

 

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