Extreme off-road vehicle use, CBD argued, would have damaged the canyon’s waterfalls, trees that provide habitat for desert bighorn sheep, endangered birds and rare species.
The purchase creates a 10-mile open space corridor from the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the ocean 15 miles south of Carmel.
Scientists predicted that global warming is likely to change California river flows in ways that may result in both increased winter flood risk and summer water shortages — even within the same year.
The book takes a look at the famed 1,100-mile California coastline that has been battered by ongoing erosion, periodic storm damage and other natural forces, resulting in heightened regulatory and ecological scrutiny.
The regional model yields a climate scenario in which the future range for blue oak shrinks to 59 percent of its current range. For valley oak, the future range shrinks to 54 percent of its current range.
The Eastern California Shear Zone runs roughly parallel to the San Andreas Fault from the Gulf of California and is a wide area in western Nevada.
Land subsidence was linked to water-level declines of more than 100 feet between the 1950s and the 1990s.
The USFS’s purchase of the ranch creates an 11-mile stretch of permanently protected coastline beginning at the Bixby Bridge and extending south through Andrew Molera State Park.
In an effort to protect the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal district court.
The Aug. 24 decision upholds that cattle grazing harms the desert tortoise and its critical habitat.