Items by Jane Braxton Little

Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Were concessions to protect undeveloped land in California worth it?
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Selling water to Nestlé, Crystal Geyser and others could strain aquifers.
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
Cutting down dead trees may not reduce wildfire risk.
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
A civil engineer battles Los Angeles over its air pollution legacy.
Environmental warrior Martin Litton is still fighting at 95
Environmental warrior Martin Litton is still fighting at 95
Martin Litton, who has spent his entire life fighting to preserve Western landscapes, is still battling to save California’s giant sequoias.
California tribe competes with the state to restore its homeland
California tribe competes with the state to restore its homeland
The Mountain Maidu Indians and the state Department of Fish and Game are both seeking control of California's Humbug Valley.
Rural California schoolkids learn from fire-damaged forest
Rural California schoolkids learn from fire-damaged forest
A rural California school builds an innovative curriculum around a nearby forest and the fire that burned it down in 2007.
New world, new canvas
New world, new canvas
Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe traces Basque history in arborglyphs on Western aspen trees.
Notes from the (water) underground
Research hydrologist Gordon Grant is fascinated by the groundwater in the Pacific Northwest.
Burning issues
Controversial forestry scientist Tom Bonnicksen believes increased logging is necessary to fight global warming.
Saving the Sierra, tale by tale
Independent radio producers Catherine Stifter and jesikah maria ross are trying to help the Sierra Nevada by preserving the stories of the people who live there
This land is my land — really
The federal government’s plan to sell Forest Service land was put together so fast it includes 12 acres that I own.
Timberlands up for grabs
As the West’s privately owned timberlands go up for sale, small towns like Glenwood, Wash., are working to buy local forests and manage them for the good of the community
'Sticking around' for an alpine valley
Attilio Genasci has devoted himself to preserving land in Sierra Valley, Calif., where he has lived and farmed for 96 years
Saving Maidu culture, one seedling at a time
Lorena Gorbet, a Mountain Maidu Indian, has dedicated her life to saving her tribal culture through forest management in the Feather River area of Northern California
Resort homes threaten scenic Mono Lake
An inholding in California’s Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area may soon be the site of a resort-home development
New forest plan leaves owls in a lurch
The Clinton-era Sierra Nevada Framework is being dismantled under the Bush administration, and California spotted owls, denied protection as endangered species, may pay the price
Timber proposal undercuts Quincy Library plan
Members of California’s Quincy Library Group are fighting Forest Service plans for logging the Plumas and Lassen national forests.
Can green-certified lumber make it?
Some foresters who are using responsible environmental practices in order to be "green-certified" are disappointed by the lack of return for their admirable efforts.
A new world in the woods
In many Western communities, forest workers are quietly converting their skills from industrial logging to forest restoration.
Pesky pike persist
Exotic pike have reappeared in California's Lake Davis, just 18 months after the lake was poisoned in a controversial plan, and now the state is considering underwater explosions to keep the pike from heading downstream.
Quincy collaboration heads to court
The Quincy Library Group plans a lawsuit to challenge the Sierra Nevada Framework, which the group says has "killed" its own collaborative plan for national forest management.
Forestry nominee: Rey of light or death Rey?
Supporters call Mark Rey, Bush's nominee for undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, a forest management expert, but wary environmentalists liken him to Darth Vader and Machiavelli.
The greening of the Nevada Test Site
The Nevada Test Site - notorious for decades of nuclear bomb-testing - is now home to gentler science, including work on alternative energy and the greenhouse effect, and on cleaning up the site's radioactive contamination.
Green power threatens the Black Rock
Some critics say a proposed geothermal power plant threatens the newly designated Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in northwestern Nevada.
A new plan frames the Sierra Nevada
The Forest Service has released its final plan for 11 national forests in California's Sierra Nevada, but the timber industry is already planning to appeal the Sierra Framework.
A desert state axes water planning
Nevada conservationists are stunned by the recent dismantling of the state's Division of Water Planning, largely due to ranchers, miners and rural officials who resented the recommendations of its recently revised state water plan.
Dust settles in Owens Valley
Los Angeles has agreed to return some water to parched Owens Valley and to begin restoring Owens Lake, which was turned into an empty dust bowl to quench the thirst of L.A.
Quincy experiment to begin
The Quincy Library Group sees its controversial forest plan put into action when the Forest Service doubles logging on California's Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe national forests while protecting habitat for the northern spotted owl.
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