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Public invited to observe prescribed fire training in Santa Cruz County

 

Professional foresters, forest managers and fire practitioners will gather for prescribed fire training. Photo by Barbara Satink Wolfson

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 counties.

There will be one burn conducted during the event, likely on June 4 or 5, which will be open for the public to observe.

Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREXs) first came to Northern California in 2013, and have made a positive cultural shift concerning prescribed fire, within both regional fire services and the general public. These “good fire” TREX events have drawn significant attention, especially in the context of more severe wildfire seasons.

After months of cross-organizational planning, the four-day long training will be focused on exploring the connections between sustainable forest management, wildfire resilience, timber harvesting, prescribed fire, and will include a burn within a commercially harvested redwood forest. The TREX will provide experiential training opportunities to forest managers and planners to advance statewide knowledge of how to conduct prescribed fire in merchantable timber stands.

Along with the prescribed burn, the program will include lectures, local tours, and open discussions on how to incorporate fire into timber management, burn planning and timber harvest planning, pre- and post-fire considerations, and permitting mechanisms for fire and timber harvesting. Presentations will be given by local forestry consultants, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, CALFIRE and local fire practitioners.

The burn location will occur near Mount Madonna, on private land with access allowed for accompanied observation only.  Be advised, while the ForesterTREX planning team works closely with theMonterey Bay Air Resources District to assure good smoke dispersal, smoke may be seen and be present in these areas during and after a burn. Please see the Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association webpage at calpba.org/centralcoastpba for updates close to the burn date.

Participants and partners include the Mount Madonna Center, members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, CALFIRE, local land trusts, scientists, ranchers, students, researchers, land managers and others. The Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association is currently funded via California Coastal Conservancy grants.

For more information or to join a group of observers, contact Barb Satink Wolfson, UC Cooperative Extension area fire advisor at bsatink@ucanr.edu.

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 6:31 PM
Tags: Forest (23), prescribed burn (7), wildfire (181)
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources

Danielle Rutkowski: Symbiotic Fungi Associated with Social Bees

If you've been following the outstanding academic accomplishments of UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski, you know that she researches the...

UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski doing field work.
UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski doing field work.

UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski doing field work.

UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski talks to visitors at the Rachel Vannette lab display in Briggs Hall during the 2024 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski talks to visitors at the Rachel Vannette lab display in Briggs Hall during the 2024 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis doctoral candidate Danielle Rutkowski talks to visitors at the Rachel Vannette lab display in Briggs Hall during the 2024 UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 4:43 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Bohart Museum Open House on May 19: Meet the Bee Reseachers

From honey bees to bumble bees to mason bees to orchid bees--you'll see those and more--and you'll get the opportunity to talk to researchers at the...

UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette (foreground), associate professor and vice chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, answers questions at the UC Davis Picnic Day. In back is doctoral candidate Gillian Bergmann, who is advised by Vannette and Johan Leveau. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette (foreground), associate professor and vice chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, answers questions at the UC Davis Picnic Day. In back is doctoral candidate Gillian Bergmann, who is advised by Vannette and Johan Leveau. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette (foreground), associate professor and vice chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, answers questions at the UC Davis Picnic Day. In back is doctoral candidate Gillian Bergmann, who is advised by Vannette and Johan Leveau. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees in the genus Osmia are among the bees that the Rachel Vannette lab studies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bees in the genus Osmia are among the bees that the Rachel Vannette lab studies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bees in the genus Osmia are among the bees that the Rachel Vannette lab studies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 6:19 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Latest research in fire science focus of free webinar series

Luca Carmignani, UC Cooperative Extension fire advisor, conducts plant flammability study.

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 Hot Topics in Fire Science and Stewardship Webinar Series. 

Restoring Fire to Meadows and Other Cultural Landscapes

Presenters: Alice Lincoln-Cook, California Indian Basketweavers Association; Brian Peterson, Fire Forward

How Can We Assess Plant Flammability?

Presenters: Jane Cawson, University of Melbourne; Max Moritz, UC Santa Barbara and UC ANR

Nuances in Fire History and Management: Lessons from Oregon Presenters: Andrew Merschel, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest; Chris Dunn, Oregon State University

Forestry and Fuel Profiles

Presenters: Don Radcliffe, University of Washington; Eric Knapp, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest

For more information, visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/fire/Home_430/Events.  

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 5:08 PM
Tags: Forestry (10), plant flammability (1), Wildfire (181)
Focus Area Tags: Environment

Bay Area Carnivore-Livestock Interactions Project

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Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 4:05 PM

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