Category Archives: Forests

More on whether to try to save the Sierra forests

For several years now, national forest managers, private timber land owners, environmentalists, scientists and others have been discussing the woes facing the forests here in the Sierra Nevada. The issues are complex, but for the sake of brevity, it largely comes down to whether we let catastrophic fires destroy the forests. Nobody wants this. Not [...]

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Translating resource-speak

My heart sinks when I get a news release and it’s initially tough to figure out what the heck it’s about. Here’s the headline to a release I got today:  Collaboration and Facilitation in Natural Resource Management  Yikes. Long words. All either abstract concepts or very general. “Natural resource” can refer to everything from the [...]

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Smoke

The smoke that has made a thick haze the last few days in San Andreas and elsewhere in Northern California is coming from distant wildfires, according to Brian Moss, the air pollution control officer for the Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District. Moss said in an email some of the smoke may even be coming [...]

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Forests initiative

A Ukiah resident named James D. Smith on Friday cleared the necessary hurdles to begin circulating a ballot initiative that would heavily tax timber harvests and use the resulting funds to create a massive new state government agency to manage forests. The California Secretary of State announced Friday that Smith and his allies will have to gather  504,760 signatures to [...]

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Local state parks still have sites

California’s state parks have taken a record number of campsite reservations for the coming Labor Day weekend, and many parks on beaches are full, according to a media release the agency issued a few minutes ago. Fortunately for campers here in our region, there still are spaces available (as of Thursday afternoon) at Calaveras Big [...]

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Video on forest restoration on the Upper Mokelumne River

Steve Dunsky, a video producer for the U.S. Forest Service, just emailed me a link to a video in which Calaveras County Supervisor Steve Wilensky talks about what forest restoration means in West Point and other communities in the Upper Mokelumne River watershed. It is episode 4 on this page: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/podcasts/  

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Capitol tree is now lit …

Here’s a summary of the live video feed from the Capitol tree lighting ceremony just now: The rain in DC let up to make the lighting a little more jolly. My favorite part was the Jazz@8 Choir from Summerville High School in Tuolumne. And then of course the moment when Speaker John Boehner and Johnny [...]

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Capitol Christmas tree lighting will be on C-Span in 30 minutes

Just checked the C-span schedule and it will do live coverage of the lighting of the tree on the west Capitol lawn … that’s at 2 p.m. California time, 5 p.m. in DC …This year’s tree came from our own Stanislaus National Forest and a 7-year-old boy from Sonora, Johnny Crawford, will help Speaker of [...]

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Christmas tree art in August?

Lode Christmas tree artists have a shot at national glory

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Wildfire and politics

Last week’s Calaveras County Board of Supervisors meeting showed that the board members are capable of overcoming their differences and solving problems for the good of the larger community. The issue was wildfire. Calaveras in the last year has been losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants to thin forests. That’s [...]

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