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4-H Week Celebrated with Gold Resolution

2017 Gold Resolution: 4-H Week

  Celebrating National 4-H Week for the 75th consecutive year, Sonoma County 4-H program was presented with a Gold Resolution at the Oct 2 Board of Supervisors meeting. "4-H is deserving of public recognition for its distinguished record of helping young people become healthy, happy, and thriving citizens who make a positive difference in their communities... the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims October 1-7, 2017 as National 40H Week in...

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM
Tags: 4-H; 4-H Week (3)

Importance of Working Landscapes to California's Economy and Climate Change

Rangeland grazing in Sonoma County (Photo Credit: USDA)

To accelerate California's policy leadership in the face of global crises like water scarcity, climate change and uneven economic development between urban and rural areas, it is essential to recognize of the importance of the state's natural capital, especially in relation to working landscapes and rural economies. The California Economic Summit defines working landscapes to include farmland, ranches, forest, wetlands, mines, water bodies and other natural resource lands, both private and...

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM
  • Author: Stephanie Larson
  • Author: Adam Livingston
  • From: California Economic Summit

Carbon Sequestration on Rangelands: Addressing Climate Change

Fig 1: Loren Poncia checking sugar levels of grass

Carbon is the energy currency of most biological systems, including agricultural ecosystems. All agricultural production originates from the process of plant photosynthesis, which uses sunshine to combine carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air with water and minerals from the soil to produce plant material, both above and below ground. Agriculture is the ONE sector that can transform from a net emitter of CO2 to a net sequestered of CO2 There is no other human-managed realm with this...

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Tags: carbon (1), greenhouse (1), rangeland (8)

North Bay Food Policy Council Convening

North Bay Food Policy Council Convening

50 food and agriculture leaders from Sonoma County and the North Bay gathered on June 8, 2017 in Petaluma for the North Bay Food Policy Council Convening. Participants represented the Sonoma Food System Alliance and three North Bay food policy councils. Food Policy Councils are multi-stakeholder coalitions that work on devising local level solutions to nutrition, agriculture, and food systems issues. Participants shared highlights of their work across the region, exchanged best practices and...

Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Using InVEST to assess ecosystem services

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District sign

From UCANR California Agriculture magazine Using InVEST to assess ecosystem services on conserved properties in Sonoma County, CA The purchase of conservation easements on agricultural land is one approach to preventing residential development on working landscapes. The authors present a low-cost tool for assessing ecosystem service values across large areas, a step toward quantifying the benefits of land conservation. Abstract Purchases of private land for...

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:49 AM
  • Author: Van Bustic, UCCE and UC Berkeley
  • Author: Matthew Shapero, UC Berkeley
  • Author: Diana Moanga, UC Berkeley
  • Author: Stephanie Larson
Tags: InVEST (1), Sonoma Land Trust (1)

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