Ventana Wilderness Trail Report

January 30, 2009

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A well-scorched trail

In the absence of serious rain and the law-abiding public, Forest Service BAER crews have remained hard at work on the Ventana Wilderness trails. Read the rest of this entry »

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State Budget Mess Halting Post-Fire Erosion Control Projects?

January 23, 2009

The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that among the thousands of projects stopped by the budget roadblock in Sacramento are “a dozen projects to prevent erosion after last year’s wildfires along the Carmel and Big Sur watersheds …” We’re not sure which projects they’re referring to, but the bottom line is this: the state budget crisis is now creating real problems for all of us – and the situation is becoming more and more serious every day. Read the rest of this entry »


More Than $1 Billion Spent Fighting California Fires in 2008

January 21, 2009

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Burned Home, Big Sur

We highly recommend this LA Times report on the high cost of fighting last year’s fires Read the rest of this entry »


MLK Day Parade

January 19, 2009

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Big crowds at today’s Martin Luther King Parade in Seaside Read the rest of this entry »


Finally: A Genuinely Informative, Fact-Based Article on Fire in the Chaparral Environment

January 6, 2009

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Local luminaries inspect the remains of old-growth chaparral that burned during the first week of the Basin Complex Fire – not much regrowth yet in this spot (1-3-09) Read the rest of this entry »


Secret Agent Man

January 5, 2009

The word is out. Obama plans to make our homeboy Leon Panetta Director of the CIA. The C-I-frickin’ A!

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“No Matter How Much Concrete They Pour, All those Seawalls and Houses will End Up in the Ocean”

January 4, 2009

– NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Climatologist Bill Patzert, as quoted in the LA Times

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Heavy equipment piles rocks onto the beach in front of Monterey’s Ocean House Condos 12-30-08 Read the rest of this entry »