In the two years since a lawsuit stopped the state of Oregon from killing wolves, the state's fledgling wolf population has doubled to nearly 50. Yet in Wallowa County, where the majority of Oregon's wolf-livestock conflicts are reported each year, fatal wolf attacks on livestock have fallen by 60 percent as ranchers and agencies were forced to rely on nonlethal conflict-prevention methods.
At the same time in neighboring Idaho, where over the last two years hunters, trappers and state agents have killed more than 700 wolves, the number of sheep and cattle killed by wolves increased by more than 75 percent.
Redwood Creek is a small but significant 4.7-mile creek that begins on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County and empties into the Pacific at Muir Beach about 17 miles northwest of San Francisco and the Bay Area – home to nearly 7.5 million people. Thousands of people visit Muir Beach each year. If they're alert, read the posted signs and look around, they'll learn about a multi-year, landscape-level coastal restoration project began in 2009 designed to bring back the ecological functions of Redwood Creek, freshwater wetlands, and intermittent tidal lagoon and dunes over a 46-acre site along the mouth of the creek. Read the full story.
The Forest Service has embarked on a program of Aspen restoration as a part of their newly adopted goals of Forest Restoration. The report a high percentage of aspens are being lost due to the growth of pine and fir forests. These forests were previously thinned periodically by fire. With a century of fire control we now see growth of the forests and loss of aspens. Aspen restoration requires the removal of pine and fir forest. Some of these forests contain very large old growth trees. Thus we see discussion of the need for this process ar choice of an alternate that preserves the older trees. See the detailed discussion of this controversy in the following web site: http://moonshineink.com/sections/spot-news/ancient-conifers-felled-aspen-restoration-project
On Thursday, June 21, at a meeting in San Francisco, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC)voted 4-1 in approval of a plan that will lead to the removal of the antiquated San Clamente dam on the Carmel River, identified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as the most critical stream on the Central Coast of California for restoring South-Central Coastal steelhead. In addition to opening up and improving some 25 miles of high quality spawning habitat for the Carmel River steelhead, removal of the San Clemente Dam will also be an historic precedent, as it will be the largest dam ever taken down in California.