Just another hot year for the record books? Not quite.
Sierra Link: 2014 was the warmest year on record for much of the west, including California. What’s weird are the radically different temperatures throughout the lower 48.
High Country News, Alex Carr Johnson, 1/13/15
Water stress takes toll on California's large trees, study says
Sierra Link: The decline of large tree densities--as much as 50% in the Sierra—is due to drought, fire suppression and changes in land use around the state. Smaller trees are more susceptible to swift-moving fires. Large trees are important for storing carbon and providing food and habitat within the forest but are vulnerable to drought and water stress.
The Sacramento Bee, Taylor Goldenstein, 1/20/15
When the atmosphere 'goes bananas,' wildfires do too
Sierra Link: As the world heats up extreme vapor pressure deficits are becoming the norm. Higher vapor pressure deficits result in more dead trees and is the best predictor among all other climate variables for areas burned in wildfires. What does this mean for the warming Sierra?
High Country News, Cally Carswell, 1/26/15
As Snow Fades, California Ski Resorts Are Left High and Very Dry
Sierra Link: With California resorts agreeing that less snowpack and warmer temperatures are becoming a trend at the resorts, what will the future of snow and skiing in the Sierra look like?
NY Times, John Branch, 11/23/14
A (hotel, bridge) by any other name would smell as sweet
Sierra Link: An update to an article we posted in the January 14, 2015 issue of the Sierra Resource about Yosemite fighting for the right to iconic names within the park.
SF Gate, Carl Nolte, 1/11/15
2 NorCal hikers try to finish Pacific Crest Trail in winter
Sierra Link: 2 Tahoe area residents are attempting a first ever winter Pacific Crest Trail through-hike.
Record Searchlight, Benjamin Spillman, 1/17/15
California drought could end with storms known as atmospheric rivers
Sierra Link: Some are hopeful that atmospheric rivers will put a dent in the ongoing California drought.
LA Times, Tony Barboza, 1/18/15
Century Later, the ‘Chinatown’ Water Feud Ebbs
Sierra Link: The long battle between the Eastern Sierra and the city of Los Angeles for water rights and air pollution is finally seeing a shift.
NY Times, Adam Nagourney, 1/20/15
California's only known wolverine nearing end of his natural life
Sierra Link: “California’s only know wild wolverine is still alive and roaming somewhere in the Tahoe National Forest, but he is nearing the end of his natural life.” Biologists are now assessing if bringing the wolverine to California (the Sierra) would be beneficial in the long-term.
LA Times, Veronica Rocha, 1/16/15
Divers find trash littering Tahoe's bottom
Sierra Link: Divers went on a mission to survey the bottom of Lake Tahoe to gauge changing conditions in the lake. One thing they weren’t expecting was so much trash!
Reno Gazette-Journal, Jeff DeLong, 1/19/15
BYLT acquires 35 acres in Alta Sierra known as Clover Valley Preserve
Sierra Link: Bear Yuba Land Trust, a Sierra Nevada Alliance member group, has secured 35 acres of oak and mixed conifer forests.
YubaNet, Bear Yuba Land Trust, 1/21/15