The National Park Service said Thursday it has entered into a contract with Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, a Texas-based nonprofit, to round up and remove up to 2,500 wild burros from the [Death Valley National] park 100 miles west of Las Vegas. … They damage springs and vegetation, create a safety hazard on park roads and compete for food and water with desert bighorn sheep and other native animals.
Is it too difficult to plant in Napa, or not difficult enough? That’s now a matter of considerable controversy, as county residents prepare to vote in June on Measure C, a ballot initiative that would curb further vineyard development on Napa’s hillsides to preserve oak trees and water sources.
Early-bird tickets end May 28. Our Headwaters Tour, June 28-29, travels through two national forests and around California’s most iconic lake – Lake Tahoe – to visit rivers, forests and meadows. We will visit a meadow restoration site and the King Fire burn site, and learn about efforts to protect the upper watershed. Speakers will address a wide range of topics, including forest management, California’s widespread tree mortality, water quality, energy production, stormwater and sediment runoff, Sierra Nevada geography and history …
The 12th annual Whole Earth and Watershed Festival was held in Redding, Calif. on Saturday, April 21, with more than 170 exhibitors promoting healthy living, healthy communities, and helping to restore a healthy planet! Dedicated to sustainability and the environment, the festival’s theme was “end plastic pollution” and commemorated Earth Day and Watershed Awareness Month.
Gov. Jerry Brown, alarmed by reports that climate change is dramatically increasing fire risk, on Thursday ordered an all-out attack by scientists, land managers, industry and the public on the dangerous conditions that helped spread last year’s devastating wildfires. … The idea is to manage the forests in a way that will reduce tree mortality, improve watersheds and increase the ability of California’s 33 million acres of forest to capture carbon.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced the appointment of Kristopher A. Tjernell as Deputy Director of the Integrated Watershed Management Program. In this newly created executive position, Tjernell will be responsible for advancing policies and programs that integrate and provide multiple benefits including flood management, local water supply and ecosystem restoration elements.
Just south of the Oregon border, pink rosettes of lewisia bloom among rocky outcrops. Clumps of fire-adapted Baker cypress cluster along steep slopes. These rare species are among the 300 native plants growing in the Cook and Green botanical area on the Klamath National Forest.
A century of fire suppression has left Western forests overgrown. That has interrupted nature’s regular fire cycle and means that when fires do happen, they become catastrophic because there is plentiful fuel to burn. It also means forests are sucking up more water than they did historically. How much more water?
The Trump administration proposal to raise the Shasta Dam by 18½ feet, along with the recent vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to support the delta tunnels, illustrate our complete and outmoded dependence on built infrastructure to provide water. Both ignore the least expensive and most effective means of increasing water security: restoring the watersheds that supply the vast majority of utilized water in the state.
“Regional water officials have shaped a plan to improve water quality in the Lagunitas Creek watershed, which provides habitat for coho salmon, steelhead trout and California freshwater shrimp, all listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.”
“A rural creekside property used in the past as a golf course and a horse pasture is a conservation group’s latest and biggest purchase to protect and restore Marsh Creek, the second longest creek in Contra Costa County.”
“The San Lorenzo River Alliance, a partnership founded by the Coastal Watershed Council, an environmental nonprofit, concluded its four-part public forum series Monday at Santa Cruz’s Patagonia Outlet.”
“The Bureau of Reclamation’s Cooperative Watershed Management Program is accepting applications from entities seeking to establish or expand watershed management groups. The funding opportunity announcement is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity R14AS00038.”
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld today [April 22] announced nearly $5 million in EPA grants to state and local agencies to restore water quality and wetlands throughout the San Francisco Bay watershed at a ceremony held at Breuner Marsh (Richmond, Calif.)—one of the sites to receive federal restoration grant funding. The ceremony was attended by U.S.