California Water Plan 2013: Mountain Counties Regional Report

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | October 30th, 2014


As the State works to solve the water crisis in California, the potential for redirected impacts in the Mountain Counties Area is acute. It is critical that the State rec

California’s Water: Protecting Headwaters

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | October 1st, 2016


Mountainous regions provide most of the state’s water supply. But major problems loom— from a growing risk of wildfires to a shrinking snowpack. This brief outlin

Climate and landscape drive the pace and pattern of conifer encroachment into subalpine meadows

Ecological Applications, Ecological Society of America | May 8th, 2018


Mountain meadows have high biodiversity and help regulate stream water release following the snowmelt pulse. However, many meadows are experiencing woody plant encr

Cumulative effects of fire and drought in Mediterranean ecosystems

Ecosphere, Ecological Society of America (ESA) | August 18th, 2017


The occurrence of multiple disturbances can jointly affect the recovery capacity of ecosystems, potentially leading to changes in vegetation dynamics or loss of resilien

Estimating evapotranspiration change due to forest treatment and fire at the basin scale in the Sierra Nevada, California: Forest Disturbance and Evapotranspiration Change

Ecohydrology | April 6th, 2018


We investigated the potential magnitude and duration of forest evapotranspiration (ET) decreases resulting from forest‐thinning treatments and wildfire in west‐slope

Forest Management (Resource Management Strategy)

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | July 29th, 2016


Forest lands in California, the majority of which are in the middle to high elevation foothills and mountains, produce a diverse array of resources such as water, timber,

Forests and Water in the Sierra Nevada: Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project

University of California, Merced (UC Merced) | November 21st, 2011


In this white paper on the Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project (SWEEP), we make the case that upstream management of Sierra Nevada forests can significa

Gone. Decades of greed, neglect, corruption, and bad politics led to last year’s Paradise fire, the worst in California history. It should never have happened. It will happen again.

California Sunday Magazine | July 31st, 2019


By the time I made it to Paradise, the deadliest wildfire in California history was four months past, and the burned-out ridge between the two river canyons was pouring

Hydroclimate Variability in Snow-fed River Systems

American Meteorological Society (AMS) | June 25th, 2019


Snow-fed river system communities are highly sensitive to climate change because the majority of their water supply is derived from snow. A warmer climate shift

Improving the Health of California’s Headwater Forests

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) | September 18th, 2017


California’s headwater forests are not thriving under current management practices, and changes are needed to make them more resilient to periodic drought and long-term

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