Recent Posts by Carolyn Lott

This state’s 102M dead trees should worry you

The dead trees—some of which normally live hundreds of years—represent more than a third of the 21 million acres of trees in California's national forests.  For more go to:      
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Mother Lode Coping While Looking Beyond Tree Mortality Disaster

Tree Work sign in Mi-wuK Village neighborhood, Tuolumne County Tree Mortality Tour, October 2016 View Slideshow Tori James and Sabrina Biehl, MML News Team Sonora, CA — Two tour buses full of folks with eyes, ears and minds on the Mother Lode’s tree mortality disaster devoted a day, sharing and learning how to make the…
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TREE MORTALITY Bark beetle outbreak may be signal of larger shift

By Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat Published Oct 7, 2016 at 10:23PM A century’s worth of total fire suppression that has created unnatural tree density in California forests compounded by increasing global temperatures and prolonged drought periods will lead to big changes for the Sierra Nevada landscape in the coming decades. Despite current efforts to manage…
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Forest tour looks at strategies to thin trees, resist wildfires

JOHN HOLLAND I ambled with a tour group last week across a slope near Pinecrest that had grown thick with trees. Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service talked about how best to thin these woods so they resist wildfire. The work also could provide logs for sawmills while enhancing wildlife habitat and a watershed that…
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Rim Fire reforestation plan OK’d three years after blaze

By Alex MacLean / The Union Democrat Published Aug 18, 2016 at 06:46PM Three years to the day after the start of the 2013 Rim Fire that charred more than 400 square miles of the Central Sierra Nevada, the U.S. Forest Service officially signed off on a plan to reforest about 10 percent of the burned area.…
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Stanislaus National Forest approves Rim Fire replanting plan

BY JOHN HOLLAND/ The Stanislaus National Forest gave final approval to a plan for replanting part of the Rim Fire acreage. Forest Supervisor Jeanne Higgins signed off Wednesday on the plan, which calls for planting conifers on 21,279 acres. It is little changed from a proposal she released for public review in May. The plan…
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Posted on July 8, 2016 by TheBiomassMonitor – by John Buckley, Executive Director, Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center Over 13 years as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, I worked primarily on hotshot fire crews. During those years I fought a number of the largest wildfires ever documented in California as well as many other wildfires elsewhere…
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PUC is too slow dealing with dead trees

BY RANDY HANVELT AND JULIA LEVIN Special to The Sac Bee When Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Michael Picker as president of the California Public Utilities Commission, Picker announced that his top priority would be protection of public safety. Last October, Brown declared an emergency for California’s forests, where tens of millions of dead trees pose…
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