Public invited to observe prescribed fire training in Santa Cruz County
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6d ago
First Forester TREX to be held June 3-6 California's first-ever Forester Prescribed Fire Training Exchange event focused on bringing together professional foresters, forest managers and fire practitioners will occur June 3-6 near Watsonville. The four-day event is being hosted by the Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association, which empowers the public to build a culture of good fire and supports private landowners in conducting prescribed burns in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz ..read more
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Latest research in fire science focus of free webinar series
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6d ago
Wildfire, cultural and prescribed burns, plant flammability among topics covered Interested in learning about some of the latest research in fire science and stewardship? Join the UC ANR Fire Network for a series of free lunchtime webinars to explore fire science topics with colleagues from across the globe. This four-part webinar series will address fire in land management, plant flammability, fire history and management and forestry and fuel profiles. Everyone is welcome to watch the ..read more
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Wildfire preparedness strategies for farms covered in UC ANR webinars
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1w ago
UCCE advisors will present webinars on May 21 and 28 Late spring rains have delayed California's fire season this year, which provides farmers and ranchers an opportunity to improve their wildfire preparedness. Barns, wood fencing, hay and other property commonly found on farms have inherent vulnerabilities to wildfire. Fortunately, buildings and infrastructure can be hardened and maintained to reduce their vulnerability to fire and fire-related damage to agricultural resources. Having a ..read more
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Webinars explore role of trees in climate change resilience, May 14-16
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3w ago
A free webinar series titled “Trees to the Rescue: Solutions for Climate Change” will be held on May 14-16, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The webinars are sponsored by the University of California Thelma Hansen Fund. “The webinars aim to increase our understanding of the role of trees in mitigating climate change, how to plant the right trees and keep them healthy in urban environments, and the challenges of increasing the number of trees at the local level,&rdquo ..read more
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Connecting California’s forest landowners with California Tree School
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1M ago
While trees and forests are often emblematic of constancy in a fast-paced world, our state's forests are actually changing before our eyes. Since 2020, the UC ANR Forest Stewardship Education (FSE) program has been helping California's forest landowners be proactive about the inevitable shifts their forestland will experience. The Forest Stewardship and Post-Fire Forest Resilience workshop programs use an online educational format, which guide landowners through the basics of creating forest ..read more
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New UC California Naturalists inspire care for nature in San Diego County
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2M ago
Nearly 200 residents trained in past seven years by program, a part of UC Environmental Stewards On one of her darkest days, Tammah Watts stood in front of her kitchen sink to fill a pitcher of water. Outside of her window, the San Marcos resident noticed a flutter in the distance. She spotted a small yellow bird emerge from the tree and her eyes grew in admiration. Bird-watching from her kitchen window became an escape for Watts while she was temporarily homebound after a surgery. It's ..read more
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Exploring the why, what and hope in LandBack
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2M ago
The Berkeley City Council recently agreed to purchase a two-acre site (currently used for parking) known as the shellmound and a place of sacred ceremonies and turn over it over to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust, which is planning to restore the site to a place of gathering and ceremonies. This is an example of LandBack. LandBack is a growing movement focused on returning land to Indigenous people, encompassing various actions to enhance their access to and stewardship of ancestral homelands. To ..read more
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Water risks to agriculture: Too little and too much
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2M ago
Water is among the most precious resources on the planet. Some areas don't get enough; some get too much. And climate change is driving both of those circumstances to ever-growing extremes. Two UC Merced experts in civil and environmental engineering took part in a recent report by the Environmental Defense Fund examining the issue and potential solutions. Associate Professor of Extension Tapan Pathak and Professor Josué Medellín-Azuara co-authored the report, "Scarcity and ..read more
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Car fumes, weeds pose double-whammy for fire-loving native plants
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3M ago
Wildflower displays threatened Northwest of Los Angeles, springtime brings native wildflowers to bloom in the Santa Monica Mountains. These beauties provide food for insects, maintain healthy soil and filter water seeping into the ground – in addition to offering breathtaking displays of color. They're also good at surviving after wildfire, having adapted to it through millennia. But new research shows wildflowers that usually would burst back after a blaze and a good rain are losing ..read more
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Fighting fire with feeding
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4M ago
Are cattle a secret weapon for taking on California wildfires? California's cattle ranchers contribute a significant amount to the region's culture, economy and food supply, but do they also inadvertently help to temper the wildfires that have been plaguing the state? And if so, is it a better alternative – environmentally speaking – to letting grasslands burn? A new study published in the journal Sustainability delves into the topic, weighing the advantages – and ..read more
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