Sierra Nevada forests in bad shape

Editor’s note:  This story comes to us from NPR radio station KCBX out of San Luis Obispo, California, published online on June 12, 2016.


Tree mortality in Kings Canyon National Park (PHOTO CREDIT:  Sierra Nevada Conservancy)

In search of solutions to the extreme threat to California’s forests and watersheds, correspondent Tom Wilmer met with Bob Kingman, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Assistant Executive Officer in Auburn, California. He then visits with Sean O’Brien in San Luis Obispo about urban forested Monterey Pines in conjunction with Cal Fire in Cambria.

More than 60 percent of California’s water supply comes from the Sierras. High-intensity fires such as The 2013 Rim Fire generated greenhouse gas emissions equal to what 2.3 million vehicles produce annually. During the rainy season, the subsequent massive run off and erosion created in-filled reservoirs, and severely degraded water quality.

Sean and Dana O’Brien in San Luis Obispo are sequestering carbon, and helping to minimize the threat of forest fires through their urban-forested Pacific Coast Lumber mill operation, and A Place to Grow Recycled Greenhouses. The O’Briens work in concert with Cal Fire’s efforts to remove dead and dying Monterey Pines in and around the coastal village of Cambria, California.

(continue reading at source)

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One Response to Sierra Nevada forests in bad shape

  1. roselakedawn says:

    Great article. Just shared it on FB. I am pleased to hear that even the Sierra Club sees a need to manage our forests. I know they have begun to move in that direction a bit more lately. Now if we can just get them to move more assertively with like minded folks!

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