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As Wildfire Threatens Giant Sequoias, We Explore The Future Of Forest Management And Wildfire Mitigation

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A US Forest Service vehicle drives past the Sequoia National Park historic park entrance sign wrapped in fire resistant foil along Generals Highway during a media tour of the KNP Complex fire in the Sequoia National Park near Three Rivers, California on September 18, 2021.

DOC AMA: Pfizer To Seek FDA Approval For Use Of Vaccine In Kids 5-11, Fauci Says Wait For Booster Until Eligible And More

Covid Update 9.20.21

Today’s topics include:

  • Pfizer says COVID vaccine works in kids age 5-11, will seek FDA approval
  • FDA panel backs Pfizer booster shots for elderly and others at high risk
  • LAT: Big gap between Pfizer, Moderna vaccines seen for preventing COVID hospitalizations
  • NYT: Hours before the F.D.A. vote, the C.D.C. released a study showing waning protection of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • ABC7: COVID hospitalizations continue to decline in L.A. County
  • Fauci urges Americans not to get booster until eligible
  • U.S. lifts travel ban on UK and E.U. citizens
  • NFL wants its personnel to get COVID tests

Amid Backlog, LA And Long Beach Ports Announce Plan To Have Truckers, Longshoreman Work Longer Hours

Port Backlog and Overtime 9.20.21

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced Friday that they are planning to extend hours for longshore crews and expand terminal gate hours for truckers in an effort to move freight out more quickly ahead of the holiday season, and avoid retail shortages.

The two ports are the busiest in the nation, and the hours extension could be a significant move toward a 24/7 supply chain to address the backlog. Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about the situation at the ports with Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach and Matt Schrap, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association.

As Wildfire Threatens Giant Sequoias, We Explore The Future Of Forest Management And Wildfire Mitigation

Forest Management 9.20.21

It seems like each year here in California, wildland fires become bigger, hotter, faster-moving and more frequent. Fire officials now point out that wildfire season is not really a season -- it’s a year-round effort. State agencies and others have used forest management operations like mechanical thinning of trees and prescribed burns for decades to mitigate wildfire risk, but at a time where we’re seeing California towns like Paradise or Greenville burn almost in their entirety, some experts are arguing that resources and time might be better spent trying to better protect communities near high-burn areas instead of trying to slow down or prevent the fires in the first place.

Today on AirTalk, we talk with forest and fire ecologist Chad Hanson of the John Muir Project and Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director and chief of wildfire planning and engineering for CAL FIRE, about the future of forest management and wildfire mitigation.

Unstable Cliffs Have Shut Down Train And Bus Services In South Orange County. What Does This Mean For California’s Coastlines?

Coastal Erosion 9.20.21

Trains between south Orange County and Oceanside stopped running last week due to concerns about unstable cliffs in San Clemente.

But this stretch of California coastline is far from the only area in the state that is undergoing coastal erosion and infrastructural challenges. As our climate continues to change, erosion will continue to threaten the coasts and human infrastructure in the years to come.

Joining us now is Paul Gonzalez, spokesperson for MetroLink, and Gary Griggs, distinguished professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. Questions? Call us at 866-893-5722 or email us at

Native Plants 101: A Starter Guide To Replacing Your Thirsty Lawn With Drought-Tolerant Plants

Native Plants 101 9.20.21

So you want to make some changes in your garden. You're ready to rip out that thirsty lawn and replace it with native plants that are better suited to Southern California's dry climate. Great! Now what?

What does the term "native plants" even mean? Which ones should you pick? Where do you find them? When do you plant them? We’re talking about all these questions and more with Evan Meyer, executive director of Theodore Payne Foundation, a nonprofit nursery in Sun Valley that specializes in California native plants and offers workshops and classes. What questions do you have or what has been your experience with native gardening? Call 866-893-5722 or email

Read the full LAist story here.

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