California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says
Sierra Link: Another drought update but this one is more unexpected—the last three years were the most severe California has experienced with the lowest rainfall and hottest temperatures in 1,200 years!
San Jose Mercury News, Paul Rogers, 12/5/14
BLM, Partners, Complete Third Year of Rush Fire Recovery
Sierra Link: Habitat restoration in the Sierra where habitat was compromised due to fire.
Bureau of Land Management, Jeff Fontana, 11/21/14
Aerial Mulching To Begin In King Fire Burn Area
Sierra Link: The King Fire Burn Area, which burned 97,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada, will be mulched with straw to prevent sedimentation and erosion into Sierra rivers.
Capital Public Radio, 11/25/14
Massive bill would protect some wilderness, open other public land
Sierra Link: Land in California and possibly the Sierra could be affected by this bill.
The Los Angeles Times, Matt Pearce, 12/10/14
Dramatic Photos of California's Historic Drought
Sierra Link: We’ve all heard about the severity of the drought in California but, seeing is believing. These dramatic photos really drive the point home.
The Atlantic, 9/3/14
State needs a behavioral shift in water use
Sierra Link: With 70-80% of water provided to cities going to outdoor irrigation and 0% snowmelt in the Sierra for the summer of 2014, how will cities and the Sierra adapt to the water shortages?
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Steve Scauzillo, 12/1/14
Los Angeles, City of Water
Sierra Link: With Los Angeles striving to be less dependent on outside (Sierra) water resources, what will this mean for Sierra waters and what can we learn from the city’s strategies?
The New York Times, Jacques Leslie, 12/6/14
Small Placer dam is a big barrier to salmon
Sierra Link: With dams on Sierra Rivers, an effort to modify dams for better fish passage has begun.
The Sacramento Bee, Matt Weiser, 11/22/14
Renewable Energy Farms Spread Through California Deserts
Sierra Link: California is on track for 40% renewable energy by 2020. With solar and wind farms going up across the state, including large swaths of desert land, what could this mean for remote sunny desert land in the Sierra and surrounding areas?
Newsweek, Elijah Wolfson, 11/24/14
Petition calls for overhaul of renewable energy plan
Sierra Link: Pristine desert and wildlife habitat lands in exchange for clean energy for California. Can both exist and how will the Sierra be affected?
The Desert Sun, Sammy Roth, 12/7/14