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How Water Agencies Could Catalyze Headwater Forest Management August 2 2021 Forest managers, community and environmental stakeholders, and policymakers alike have called for an increase in the pace and scale of proactive forest management to prevent extreme wildfires. Could water agencies lead the effort?
What It Means to Store Water for the Environment July 26 2021 In times of drought, California’s ecosystems often suffer. CalTrout Ecosystem Fellow Sarah Null is investigating how to better manage scarce water supplies so that the state can protect vulnerable ecosystems—even as the climate changes.
Cultivating Optimism as Drought Cripples the Colorado River July 19 2021 Reservoir levels have fallen to historic lows in the Colorado River Basin, as the region grapples with a record-shattering drought. Two experts share insights—and reasons for optimism.
How Wood Products Could Lower the Cost of Forest Management July 12 2021 California’s forests need thinning to reduce wildfire risk and protect precious water supplies, but who will pay for the work? Selling wood products could stretch the state’s budget—and provide valuable employment opportunities.
Building Capacity for Long-term Forest Stewardship July 6 2021 California urgently needs to improve the health of its headwater forests—both to prevent future catastrophic wildfires and to protect its water supply. Local partnerships can be part of the solution.