Sierra climate seminar Wednesday |

Sierra climate seminar Wednesday

Sun staff report

Dying trees, decreased snow pack and their economic consequences for Sierra Nevada communities will be discussed at two workshops today.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Yuba Watershed Institute are hosting an all day “Symposium on Climate Change” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a discussion on climate changes on the Yuba watershed at 7 p.m. in Nevada City.

Ecologist Dr. Patrick Gonzalez of the Nature Conservancy will discuss his research in the North Fork of the Yuba River with the Tahoe National Forest.

Drier conditions already have begun killing trees in the Sierra, a U.S. Geological Survey found in a study released in August. The tree death rate has been rising over the past two decades and poses a higher risk of wildfire in Sierra forests.

Admission for the 7 p.m. discussion will be $5, the earlier symposium is already at capacity. The workshop will be held at 212 Spring Street in Nevada City.