If the phrase “forest planning” makes you snore … wake up! The stakes are high for the critters that call national forest lands home. This is the perfect chance to make sure that our national forests are managed not just for uses like timber and recreation, but as the vital wildlife habitat they are.
Acres of wetlands in California’s Central Valley have been starved of water, leaving migratory birds, salmon, and other species without adequate food and habitat, but the state and federal agencies charged with managing California’s water are forging ahead with an ill-conceived plan that could seal their doom.
A distinctive “swish-swish-pop-gurgle-pop!” rises from the sagebrush and a normally cautious bird transforms itself in a flash of fanned tail feathers, puffed chest, fluttering wings and flirty dance moves. It’s Gunnison sage-grouse mating season.