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Post Fire Food Safety Research

Mimi taking soil samples after 2017 fires

“Produce Safety After Urban Wildfire” citizen science project The Northern California fires of October 2017 created poor air quality and distributed toxic air contaminants over the region. Following the fires and the incredible response from local farmers, UCCE Sonoma County embarked on a “Produce Safety After Urban Wildfire” citizen science project to help answer community concerns about whether the safety of local produce might have been impacted by...

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM
Tags: fire (6), Food Safety (3)
Focus Area Tags: Environment Health Yard & Garden

Will livestock grazing on rangelands reduce the potential for and severity of wildfires?

Grazing could have reduced/eliminated the shrubs growing near this subdivision

UCCE Sonoma County along with other UC colleagues, recently received a grant to identify the impact of grazing on the frequency and severity of wildfire in California. The project will ask three specific questions: Does grazing reduce the likelihood of fires at the landscape scale? Does fire severity differ between grazed and ungrazed lands? What are the synergies and tradeoffs of grazing management as a tool to directly reduce wildfire risk? Our results will be used to: Suggest to...

Grazing could have reduced/eliminated the shrubs growing near this subdivision
Grazing could have reduced/eliminated the shrubs growing near this subdivision

Grazing could have reduced/eliminated the shrubs growing near this subdivision

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM

ID that pest in your vineyard, orchard, garden

Potato aphid adults and nymphs. Photo Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM.

Want to know what bug is making holes in the leaves of you shrub or eating your fruit?  Or what is the pesky weed you cannot get rid off? The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources publications have four sets of Pest Identification cards for you. These pocket-size, sturdy, laminated cards can be easily carried with you as a quick reference wherever you need them.  The sets are also available as electronic publications formatted for iOS and Kindle...

Potato aphid adults and nymphs. Photo Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM.
Potato aphid adults and nymphs. Photo Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM.

Potato aphid adults and nymphs. Photo Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM.

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 8:57 AM
Tags: IPM (6), Master Gardeners (14), orchard (2), Vineyard (2)

Prescriptive Grazing as a Vegetation Management Tool

Prescriptive Grazing as a Vegetation Management Tool  Stephanie Larson & John Gorman  Working landscape ecosystems provide benefits to the landowner and to all life forms living or passing through that land.  Neighbors benefit with open viewscapes, to clean water and air, and carbon sequestration from well-maintained working landscapes – rangelands, grassland, and open space. There also a potential health benefits received from working landscape from properly managed...

Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:55 PM
  • Author: Stephanie Larson
  • Editor: J. M.
Tags: Grazing (12)

Meet our Sonoma County Forestry Advisor!

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This month Sonoma County UCCE would like to welcome our new Forestry advisor. Michael Jones. Michael will be serving Sonoma County as a Forestry Advisor. From Michael: I joined UCCE on October 1, 2018 as the Forestry Advisor for Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. I specialize in forest entomology with a focus on forest health and integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests. I completed a Ph.D. in Entomology from State University of New York, College of Environmental...

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 9:39 AM
  • Editor: J. M.
  • Author: Mike Jones
Focus Area Tags: Environment

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