Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

by mejs hasan : wired – excerpt Sometimes Vikki Preston is inching her way through the forest when she comes across a grove of tan oak trees that feels special. The plants are healthy, the trees are old, and their trunks are nicely spaced out on the forest floor. “You can feel that the grove … More Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

Ryan Zinke takes ax to climate change narrative in push to save forests from wildfires

By Valerie Richardson : washingtontimes – excerpt CLOVIS, Calif. — Here in the town dubbed the “gateway to the Sierras,” the haze from the Ferguson Fire is fading as Yosemite National Park prepares to reopen, but the debate over how to stop wildfires from razing the state again next year continues to smolder. California’s catastrophic … More Ryan Zinke takes ax to climate change narrative in push to save forests from wildfires

California timber industry may be a ‘piece of the puzzle’ to help reduce state’s raging wildfires

By Jeff Daniels : cnbc – excerpt As wildfires rage, politicians, timber companies and environmentalists are debating whether to thin overly dense forest lands that fuel the state’s deadly infernos. About one-third of California is covered by forests, most of it owned by the U.S. government. Last year was the most destructive and deadly wildfire … More California timber industry may be a ‘piece of the puzzle’ to help reduce state’s raging wildfires

Advocates seek to bar Hunters Point Shipyard contractor from radiological work

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt Environmental advocates have renewed legal efforts to revoke U.S. Navy contractor Tetra Tech’s license to handle radiological materials based on the civil engineering firm’s connection to a toxic cleanup fraud at the Hunters Point Shipyard. Last June, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice moved to bar Tetra Tech … More Advocates seek to bar Hunters Point Shipyard contractor from radiological work

Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

The Great Era of California Dam Building May Be Over. Here’s What’s Next

by Lauren Sommer : kqed – excerpt (includes audio) For a century, California has harnessed its water with concrete, building dams and reservoirs on an epic scale. Now, as the state prepares to hand out $2.7 billion for new water storage projects, it looks as though that era of dam-building might be ending. During the height … More The Great Era of California Dam Building May Be Over. Here’s What’s Next