Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A slight boost

Sierra snowpack up 80%, but a 'March miracle' fades

Snowpack gets a boost, but still well below average. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News & My Mother Lode

Last week’s major snowstorms brought a welcome change to the Sierra Nevada Range — the source of nearly one-third of California’s water — boosting the overall snowpack by nearly 80 percent. But despite the blizzards dumping 5 to 8 feet of fresh snow, the overall snowpack remains well below normal. Last Monday, the statewide snowpack was at 22 percent of the historic average. On Monday, it had increased to 37 percent.


UC researchers look at drought in the rainforest

The Highlander

A team from UC Riverside has taken a closer look at how tropical trees in the Amazon handle droughts, and its research has revealed that Amazonian trees have a higher drought resistance than previously thought. Despite their findings, though, the tropical trees are still under threat.


A revolution in forest management for Klamath


In the wake of one of California’s worst wildfire seasons in history, the Karuk Tribe, Six Rivers National Forest, and watershed groups have announced plans to implement a new approach to forest management in the heart of the Klamath Basin. This project could signal the beginning of a new era of fire and forest management projects on public lands.