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May. 24th, 2008 @ 08:56 am
In a resounding repudiation of the Bush administration's national forest management, a panel of three US judges has ordered a halt to three major logging projects in the Plumas national forest.

A 2001 management plan for the 11.5m acres of national forest in the Sierra Nevada - called a "framework" - was approved at the end of the Clinton administration. But the Bush administration replaced it in 2004.
The Bush plan increased logging by five times, allowed bigger trees to be felled, and limited safeguards for forests, water, soil and wildlife throughout the 11 national forests in the Sierra, ostensibly for wildfire prevention.
In January 2005, a who's who of private environmental protection groups sued in Sacramento federal court challenging the Bush framework.

They claim it runs afoul of federal law by failing to protect habitat of the California spotted owl and two small carnivores, the Pacific fisher and American marten. They also claim it was adopted without enough disclosure of its impact and ignored reasonable alternatives.

More at the link.

(And despite forest fires releasing carbon dioxide and particulate matter, studies suggest fire-managed forests in California sequester less carbon than those allowed natural fires.)

Apr. 9th, 2008 @ 03:05 pm
Oh my word.

Inexplicable tears:

And it's easy to see why as you walk away from the clamor into an oasis where slanting beams of sunlight caress rugged red trunks that have stood for hundreds of years.
It almost didn't happen. There was a time when these trees came close to feeling the bite of loggers' saws. But stout efforts by early preservationists turned the area into a national monument in 1908.

Thank you, William Kent.

Apr. 6th, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

With Only Each Other For Company
Cemetery on sunny afternoon
Tonopah, NV
March 2008

--closer--Collapse )

Storm clouds in Glenn - Tehama County CA..... Apr. 6th, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

Old barn near creek.... Jan. 14th, 2008 @ 09:09 pm

Road 306 Off of road 200..Black Butte Road...West of Orland CA.....

Nov. 10th, 2007 @ 08:31 am
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a stateof emergency to help fight an oil spill that is threatening the coastof northern California.

At least this is finally getting some news coverage.

Oct. 24th, 2007 @ 07:13 pm
Jon Carroll, on water:

It seems evident we should meet the reality of falling supply with concerted efforts to create falling demand.

He's fun when he's trying to be funny, but every so often he just sits down and tells it, and tells it well.

Sep. 6th, 2007 @ 07:27 pm
Moonlight fire satellite image -- smoke fills California's central valley, and wafts over Nevada and into Idaho.

An eclipse photo from Upper Northern CA.... Aug. 28th, 2007 @ 08:56 pm

Current Mood: tiredtired

Aug. 16th, 2007 @ 01:18 pm
If you garden in Northern California or accept garden produce from other people, please read about and help control the Light Brown Apple Moth (which feeds on the surface of a lot of different plants, disfiguring but not destroying them). It feeds on and can damage trees in Christmas tree farms, roses, apples, carrots, the list is huge. There are quite a lot of them already in Palo Alto, even more in Albany and Alameda, and a lot in Berkeley. The maps accompanying that link will let you know whether you're in a quarantined area. I'm sharing my garden produce pretty much only with friends of mine who are also in quarantine areas. My friends from outside the area will have to come over and nibble while they help me weed. ;)
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