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100 Million Dead Trees: A Danger That Persists Long After the Drought

An aggressive prescribed burning program is needed to manage the massive number of trees killed during the California drought. U.C. Berkeley fire scientist Scott Stephens says there’s limited time to tackle the problem. WRITTEN BYMatt Weiser PUBLISHED ON Apr. 27, 2017 READ TIMEApprox. 7 minutes Dead trees in the Sierra National Forest, photographed in April 2016.Photo…
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Supervisor Higgins will stay in D.C.

“I think the highlights were the collaborative work that has gone on with multiple groups including YSS, Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions..." Jeanne Higgins, the top administrator in charge of the Stanislaus National Forest that covers 42 percent of Tuolumne County and 11 percent of Calaveras County, is moving on from her role as forest supervisor. Higgins,…
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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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