California rangeland loss could worsen climate change
Sierra Link: Disappearing rangelands in California and throughout the Sierra over the years will make it difficult for the state to reach it’s greenhouse gas emission goals and may imperil endangered species.
The Sacramento Bee, Edward Ortiz, 12/29/14
Crews Complete Fire Safety-Land Health Project at Eagle Lake
Sierra Link: With this 10 year project coming to a close, wildfire risk to surrounding towns has been minimized and plant diversity improved.
Bureau of Land Management, Jeff Fontana, 12/14
Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health
Sierra Link: Oregon is leading by example with loggers and conservationists teaming up to maintain forest health and prevent catastrophic wildfire while keeping both sides of the party happy.
AP News, Jeff Barnard, 12/26/14
Forest Service reworking where you can play in Sierra snow
Sierra Link: Motorized vehicles in the Sierra could find themselves facing new regulations in the new year.
Reno Gazette-Journal, Benjamin Spillman, 12/23/14
Stanford's conservation efforts yield water savings
Sierra Link: With the state’s looming water deficit (and 60% of that water coming from the Sierra) Stanford took water conservation matters into their own hands with big results.
Stanford Report, Kate Chelsey, 12/17/14
U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations
Sierra Link: The NRDC and EDC are suing the EPA in hopes the agency will strengthen regulations preventing pollution from stormwater runoff. With more development and urban areas springing up in the rural Sierra, stricter regulations could mean less runoff and pollution.
Reuters, Ayesha Rascoe, 12/19/14
Water Source for Almonds in California May Run Dry
Sierra Link: Without water and snowpack, livelihoods of farmers throughout California would be impacted. What could a change in water rights mean for farmers, industry and Sierra water resources?
New York Times, Felicity Barringer, 12/27/14
Tricolored blackbird gains endangered species protection in California
Sierra Link: With dairy farmers in the Central Valley delaying their harvest season to protect tricolored blackbirds, how can Sierra farmers do their part in protecting species?
The Los Angeles Times, Louis Sahagun, 12/4/14
Steelhead Numbers Alarmingly Low at American River's Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Sierra Link: Statewide drought is taking it’s toll on fish habitat throughout the Sierra and California.
Daily KOS, Dan Bacher, 12/29/14
Native Americans challenge construction of Mojave Desert solar plant
Sierra Link: With large solar projects popping up throughout California, where will they go and what are the impacts?
Los Angeles Times, Louis Sahagun, 12/12/14