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This 6th Grader Just Made a Crucial, Scary Contribution to Wildland Science

This 6th Grader Just Made a Crucial, Scary Contribution to Wildland Science

Invasive Species: Turns out you can be an effective citizen scientist way before you're old enough to vote.
Study Hints That Kelp Forests May Weather Climate Change

Study Hints That Kelp Forests May Weather Climate Change

Aquatic: Climate change threatens to radically alter most of California's landscapes, but a recent study suggests that at least one of the state's emblematic ecosystems may actually have a chance to thrive in a greenhouse-gas-enhanced world.
No Protection for 2 Rare NorCal Plants

No Protection for 2 Rare NorCal Plants

Plants: Two rare plants from Northern California that have been waiting for Endangered Species Act Protection for more than 30 years won't be getting that protection, the US Fish and Wildlife Service will announce Thursday.
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Rare Coastal Wildflower Added to Endangered List

Rare Coastal Wildflower Added to Endangered List

Plants: One of California's rarest wildflowers is being added to the federal list of Endangered species this week, reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Invasive Species Week: The Water Hyacinth

Invasive Species Week: The Water Hyacinth

Invasive Species: This is a species that's certainly in the Top Ten Worst In California. Its effect on the landscape and native wildlife is truly frightening. And ironically, it's only here because people who love nature brought it into California.
California Native Orchid is Endangered, Say International Scientists

California Native Orchid is Endangered, Say International Scientists

Plants: A California native orchid once found from the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada northward into Oregon has declined in population so steeply that the International Union for the Conservation of Nature has declared the plant globally Endangered.
Rare Eastern Sierra Flower Gets Threatened Species Protection

Rare Eastern Sierra Flower Gets Threatened Species Protection

Plants: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed as Threatened a low-growing wildflower known from just 16 scattered populations on the east side of the Sierra Nevada.
Endangered Species Day: 4 Inconspicuous California Species Worth Noting

Endangered Species Day: 4 Inconspicuous California Species Worth Noting

Commentary: While other websites celebrating Endangered Species Day are concentrating on the big and dramatic, we thought we'd celebrate by mentioning a few species that aren't big and flashy and glamorous. They're beautiful, but they don't flaunt it.
Arrest Made In Redwood Parks Wood Theft Case

Arrest Made In Redwood Parks Wood Theft Case

Plants: The Redwood National and State Parks have announced that their law enforcement staff arrested a local resident on charges of damaging ancient redwood trees in order to steal their valuable burl wood.
California's Live Oaks Face New Fungus Disease Threat

California's Live Oaks Face New Fungus Disease Threat

Plants: Sadly, now it looks like Southern California has its own infectious live oak disease to worry about.
Feds Say 'No' to Cutting Protection for Endangered Mojave Plant

Feds Say 'No' to Cutting Protection for Endangered Mojave Plant

Plants: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a shrub found in just four places in the Mojave Desert still warrants its Endangered status, despite a petition from a conservative group to reduce the plant's status to Threatened.
Protection Sought for Rare Beach Plant Threatened by Off-Road Vehicles

Protection Sought for Rare Beach Plant Threatened by Off-Road Vehicles

Plants: An extremely rare, low-growing beach plant that survives in just a few sites in Oregon and the extreme north of California is being proposed by a number of environmental groups for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Wood Thieves Prompt Closure of Road in Redwood National and State Parks

Wood Thieves Prompt Closure of Road in Redwood National and State Parks

Plants: Here's another story to file under "why we can't have nice things": the California Department of Parks and Recreation has closed night-time access to a popular road through the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park because someone's been mutilating ancient redwood trees under cover of darkness.
Feds Declare 2 Endangered Death Valley National Park Plants Recovered

Feds Declare 2 Endangered Death Valley National Park Plants Recovered

Plants: Two plants found only in Death Valley National Park that have been on the Endangered list since 1978 have since recovered, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is proposing to remove them from the list.
Native Plants at Newly Restored Malibu Lagoon Face Drought

Native Plants at Newly Restored Malibu Lagoon Face Drought

Plants: California State Parks has dramatically cutback on watering tens of thousands of native plants at the newly restored Malibu Lagoon in the face of a statewide drought.
Feds Increase Proposed Habitat for Rare Eastern Sierra Flower

Feds Increase Proposed Habitat for Rare Eastern Sierra Flower

Plants: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened public comment on the amount of habitat to protect for a small yellow flower that grows in just a few places in the eastern Sierra Nevada northwest of Reno.
Drought May Kill Off Endangered Desert Plant, Fear Botanists

Drought May Kill Off Endangered Desert Plant, Fear Botanists

Plants: Though California's deserts haven't been as hard-hit by the state's drought as the rest of the state, relatively speaking, botanists from UCLA are still worried the dry spell may spell the end of a plant species that's been in trouble for a long time.
Another Reason to Leave Ancient Trees Alone

Another Reason to Leave Ancient Trees Alone

Plants: In case you needed one more reason to preserve old-growth forests, a paper published today in Nature offers a good one: very old trees may remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than young ones.
Shrub Once Thought Extinct Gets Critical Habitat In San Francisco

Shrub Once Thought Extinct Gets Critical Habitat In San Francisco

Plants: San Francisco residents have worried that a formal designation of Critical Habitat for a manzanita once thought extinct could restrict what they can do with their land or bar visitors from public parks. Those fears have been more or less groundless.
Extremely Rare Shrub in California Will Stay on Endangered List

Extremely Rare Shrub in California Will Stay on Endangered List

Plants: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rebuffed an attempt by a conservative organization to reduce protection of an Endangered shrub that survives in only five small populations near Los Osos in San Luis Obispo County.
Two Rare California Plants Denied Federal Protection

Two Rare California Plants Denied Federal Protection

Plants: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be announcing Friday that it is dropping two rare California native plants from consideration for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Rare Santa Barbara Wildflower Endangered, Say Feds

Rare Santa Barbara Wildflower Endangered, Say Feds

Plants: A showy yellow wildflower found in the Lompoc area may be getting Federal protection as a result of a legal settlement.