Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change
Sierra Link: With global changes in the climate occurring, the Sierra and California will continue to be affected by drought conditions which the Pentagon is recognizing needs national attention.
New York Times, Coral Davenport, 10/13/14
Vast landscape charred by King fire will receive emergency treatment
Sierra Link: Experts now worry that the devastation and the extreme temperatures of the fire, which scorched much of the soil and reduced its ability to hold together and absorb runoff, could lead to floods and mudslides when winter storms arrive in the Sierra.
The Sacramento Bee, Hudson Sangree, 10/15/14
It’s time to get the incentives right on wildfires
Sierra Link: In the Sierra, living with fire is becoming more common and costing the Forest Service more money, leaving less money for campgrounds and public trails for the public to enjoy.
The Sacramento Bee, Ray Rasker, 10/18/2014
Trail Talk: The WILD Effect
Sierra Link: How will the Pacific Crest Trail, part of which is located in the Sierra, change with upcoming publicity from a Hollywood film and book?
Pacific Crest Trail Association, Liz Bergeron, October 2014
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Sierra Link: With this new designation near such a metropolis, the Sierra could be directly affected with increased use and understanding by those who live nearby in Southern California.
High Country News, Judith Lewis Mernit, 10/13/14
Yosemite wants to increase entrance and campground fees
Sierra Link: The fee increase would be used in part to increase resource protection as well as repair facilities. In addition to Yosemite, the surrounding Sierra communities would directly benefit from a better-maintained park.
LA Times, Mary Forgione, 10/21/14
The Risks of Cheap Water
Sierra Link: Cheap water prices aren’t helping conservation efforts of water in California. With two-thirds of California’s developed water coming from the Sierra, this article highlights that “’Without prices or trade,…we will just get more diversion of rivers, more dams and more wells.’ And nothing will be fixed.”
New York Times, Eduardo Porter, 10/14/14
Could desalination solve California’s water problem?
Sierra Link: Water in the Sierra and throughout California is scarce. Could relying on desalination in some coastal towns reduce the demand for Sierra water?
The Sacramento Bee, Matt Weiser, 10/18/14
Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows
Sierra Link: Drought in the Sierra is pushing Tahoe’s water level to below its natural rim for the first time in five years, which could spell disaster for a number of reasons.
Tahoe Daily Tribune, Scott Sonner, 10/21/14
California drought prompting extraordinary measures to protect salmon
Sierra Link: This year’s drought is affecting Sierra rivers that need cold, flowing water in order for the Chinook salmon to repopulate.
The Sacramento Bee, Matt Weiser, 10/10/14
Settlement Will Speed Recovery of Endangered California Frogs
Sierra Link: With the northern Sierra Nevada populations of the yellow-legged frog gaining protection in April 2014, this designation in Southern California may mean a quicker designation for the rest of the Sierra
YubaNet, Center for Biological Diversity, 10/15/14
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Sierra Link: With close proximity to the Sierra, the giga-factory could have a direct affect on the local economy.
High Country News, Jonathan Thompson, 9/8/14