News Worth Noting: Drivers warned to watch out for wildlife, Santa Ana Sucker Recovery Plan released for review, Climate Science Service Awards

dfw logoCaltrans, Fish and Wildlife to Drivers: Watch out for Wildlife:Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are cautioning motorists of an unusually high number of collisions between drivers and wildlife on mountain highways this autumn. The increase has been particularly notable on Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50 in Placer and El Dorado counties.  “There were an unprecedented 23 incidents involving large animals on Highway 50 and I-80 in just six days from Nov. 14-19,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Drivers need to use caution and watch out for wildlife as they travel through the Sierras and other rural areas.” … ”  Continue reading from the Department of Fish and Wildlife here: Caltrans, Fish and Wildlife to Drivers: Watch out for Wildlife

FWS Pac SWFish and Wildlife Service Soliciting Public Feedback on Draft Santa Ana Sucker Recovery Plan: “A draft plan to help guide recovery efforts for the Santa Ana sucker is now available for public review. The draft recovery plan lays out a strategy to recover the fish that includes restoring habitat; augmenting or reintroducing the fish into more portions of its historic range; and removing, reducing, or managing threats such as nonnative fish, and artificial barriers that prevent genetic exchange.  “This draft recovery plan is a blueprint for ensuring a healthy future for the fish,” said Ren Lohoefener, the Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional Director. “We have an active group of stakeholders involved with developing recovery strategies for the Santa Ana sucker, and we expect to continue our joint efforts to recover the species.” … ”  Read more from the Fish and Wildlife Service here: Fish and Wildlife Service Soliciting Public Feedback on Draft Santa Ana Sucker Recovery Plan

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR Announces Climate Science Service Awards: “The Department of Water Resources (DWR) presented its periodic Climate Science Service awards at this week’s workshop on seasonal climate prediction sponsored by the Department and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The purpose of the awards is to recognize ongoing assistance provided by scientists who have been working closely with DWR on climate research activities. DWR also presented a special Advisory Committee Climate Services Award to the members of its Climate Change Technical Advisory Group (CCTAG). “DWR is pleased to acknowledge the exemplary support that these scientists have been providing us in the areas of drought, climate variability, and climate change”, said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “We appreciate their dedication in working with us to develop useful science that we can apply in our drought preparedness and climate change programs. … ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  DWR Announces Climate Science Service Awards

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