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November 30, 2021

Agreement reached with US Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct new Status Review of California Spotted Owls

 

October 19, 2021

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced that it is seeking public comment on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Pacific fisher, southern Sierra Nevada distinct population segment (DPS), as required by the Endangered Species Act.

 

September 3, 2021

Read the latest Sierra Voice newsletter

 

February 2, 2021

There is an important new General Technical Report from the U.S. Forest Service: Postfire Restoration Framework for National Forests in California (PSW-GTR-270). Download the report here.

 

May 15, 2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally lists the Pacific Fisher as an endangered species--a decision nearly thirty years in the making

 

April 15, 2020

Formal Notice of Intent to sue the Trump administration's Fish and Wildlife Service: Failure to protect the California spotted owl

 

January 6, 2020

Read our comment letter to the Inyo National Forest regarding the Eastern Sierra Fire Restoration and Maintenance Project

 

September 27, 2019

Read our coalition comments on the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests' revised draft land management plans and revised draft environmental impact statement

Read additional comment letters, and learn more here.

 

September 10, 2019

Take Action! Your comments needed on new forest management plans for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests

Comments are due by September 26, 2019

 

 

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King Fire Plantation 2015 VivianParkerRecalibrating Our Approach to Reforestation

Another extreme wildfire season is sweeping across our state. Once the fires are out and the smoke has cleared, Sierra Nevada forest managers will begin assessing whether, where, and how reforestation work will occur. Within the perimeters of recent fires, we are witness to larger and larger patches of high severity fire, as forests transition from past to current climate conditions. Across these post-fire landscapes, there is a clear need for a well-supported, science-based approach to management of burned forests. Read more

Image above: Plantation in Eldorado National Forest that completely burned in the 2015 King Fire.

Fringed myotis by J. Scott Altenbach Forests, Wildfires, and Bat Diversity

Insectivorous bats are important predators in forest ecosystems and contribute to the health and diversity of the forest, consuming approximately their body weight in insects each night. They are highly mobile predators able to respond to changes in forest structure and burned conditions based on their echo-location calls and other physical traits. Bats in the forests of the Sierra Nevada evolved in ecosystems experiencing frequent fire. How these key predators respond to forest environments altered by fire suppression, increases in area burned, and climate change are the topics of three papers discussed here. Read more

Image above: Fringed myotis. Image by J. Scott Altenbach.

 

Bobcat by Annica KreuterSpotlight on Species: Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Bobcats can be found throughout most of California, in most habitats, although it avoids high elevation areas with deep snow, unlike the Canada lynx with its large snow-adapted paws. They prefer open prairie, shrub and chaparral vegetation types and the early forest stages of succession in low and mid-elevation conifer, oak, riparian, and pinyon-juniper woodlands and forests. Read more

 

Image right: Bobcat (Lynx rufus). Image by Annica Kreuter, Joshua Tree.

 

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"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise."
~Aldo Leopold