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Storms Help Alleviate But Not End California Drought
This month’s massive snow storms have provided some much-needed moisture, not to mention hope, against the multi-year draught in the state. While the snow and rain won’t end the drought, if it continues at this rate through the spring, it could be a turning point against the dry weather.
“Generally speaking, to get out of the drought California would need to establish a trend of above-average snow-water content, above-average storage in reservoirs and above-average precipitation,” Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, said earlier this week. “We’re on a great trend. We’d like to see it all year.”

>>>Read more in LA Times article “How California went from drought to dangerous rain and snow
NFF Supports Volunteer-based Rim Fire Restoration
The 2013 257,000-acre Rim Fire, the largest recorded wildfire in the history of the Sierra Nevada, caused widespread damage to the region’s forests and ecosystem. Recovery from this disaster is expected to require large-scale efforts over a period of many years, if not decades.

With funding provided from the NFF’s Matching Awards Program, the Tuolumne River Trust recruited volunteers from a variety of faith-based, military veteran, corporate and national service organizations across the country. The volunteers then worked alongside local schools and community groups to restore more than 300 acres of burned forest.

>> Learn more about the partnership

>> Support tree-planting efforts on our National Forests
New Trailhead in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument!
Thanks to REI support, the NFF partnered with the Conservation Corps of Long Beach in December, 2016 to renovate the Upper Bear Creek Trailhead. This trail leads into the San Gabriel Wilderness, adjacent to the North Fork of the San Gabriel River along Hwy 39. If you are looking for a great hike, go check out the new trailhead and experience some incredible solitude in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument where grizzly bears once roamed!

>> Learn more about the Upper Bear Creek Trailhead.

Dorian Fougères, Ph.D.
California Program Manager


Edward Belden
Southern California Program Associate
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