Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

News Stories

May 22, 2008
CONTACT: Pam Kan-Rice, (530) 754-3912, pskanrice@ucdavis.edu
and Jeannette Warnert, (559) 241-7514, jwarnert@ucop.edu

University of California ANR wildfire experts

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources wildfire experts are available to answer questions related to the fire raging in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mike De Lasaux
UC Cooperative Extension natural resources advisor for Plumas and Sierra counties.
Areas of expertise – wildfire fuel reduction on small forest parcels, forestry and watershed management.
(530) 283-6125
Sabrina Drill
UC Cooperative Extension natural resources advisor for Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Drill holds workshops to teach homeowners that the arrangement and proper maintenance of plants around homes in the wildland-urban interface can help reduce the risk of wildfire. Also, that choosing the right plants can protect the health of neighboring habitat by limiting the introduction of invasive plants.
(323) 260-3404
Keith Gilless
UC Berkeley professor of forest economics in the College of Natural Resources.
Area of expertise -- Wildland fire protection planning; forest economics and management; evaluation of prescribed burning.

Gilless has studied large urban-wildland fires, including the Oakland-Berkeley and Santa Barbara fires, to evaluate the probability of a house within the fire perimeter surviving as a function of the house's structural characteristics, its surrounding vegetation, and the defensive actions taken to protect it.
Susan Kocher
UC Cooperative Extension natural resources advisor for El Dorado County.
After the Angora Fire near Lake Tahoe, Kocher evaluated the effectiveness of defensible space. She helped the California Tahoe Conservancy forester set up a rapid parcel assessment to identify high priority treatment sites on their parcels. Kocher worked with the California Department of Forestry structure damage assessment team to see how their formal evaluation methodology functions and collaborated with Ed Smith of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension to film examples of defensible space for the “Living with Fire in the Tahoe Basin” Web site, http://www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe/
(530) 542-2571
Doug McCreary
UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension area natural resources specialist
Areas of expertise -- Oak regeneration, woodland management and agroforestry. McCreary has examined the effects of wildfires on oak trees, including how different-sized trees are affected by low-intensity fires and the effects of fire on acorn production. He has also examined the effects of prescribed fires on oaks and identified steps that can be taken to protect trees from severe damage in areas where prescribed burning is used to reduce fuel loads and noxious weeds.
(530) 639-8807
Max Moritz
UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension wildfire specialist
Areas of expertise -- Wildland fire, fire modeling, fire effects, shrubland ecosystems and spatial patterns of fire disturbance. By looking closely at fire history and monitoring plant moisture levels in the Santa Monica Mountains, Moritz and his colleagues developed a way to predict when an area becomes vulnerable to large-scale fires.
(510) 642-7329
At http://firecenter.berkeley.edu/toolkit, residents can enter information about their home’s construction and landscaping to get a science-based assessment of its vulnerability to wildfire and suggestions for reducing their risk.

Glenn Nader
UC Cooperative Extension natural resources advisor for Sutter and Yuba counties.
Areas of expertise -- Landscaping for fire safety
(530) 822-7515
Gary Nakamura
UC Berkeley area forestry specialist
Areas of expertise -- Conifer forest management, biomass harvesting to reduce forest fuels and fire hazard, community-based forestry, forest landowner education, K-12 and teacher environmental education
(530) 224-4902
Steve Quarles
UC Cooperative Extension advisor on performance and durability of wood-frame housing.
Areas of expertise -– Evaluation of common exterior building materials, nearby vegetation for vulnerability to wildfire in the urban-wildland interface and identification of possible mitigation in terms of design and materials options.
Quarles also coordinates and teaches classes on building codes for California's Office of the State Fire Marshal. He oversees a demonstration home in Richmond that shows various building materials, design features and landscape vegetation that can minimize fire danger.
(510) 665-3580
Director of UC Cooperative Extension in San Diego County.
Areas of expertise – Public education on protecting home and property from wildfire damage
Salmon coordinated the development of the Web site http://www.wildfirezone.org, which offers extensive information for homeowners to use before, during and after a wildfire.
(858) 694-2864
Tom Scott
UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension area natural resources wildlife specialist for Southern California.
Areas of expertise -- conservation of wildlife, wildlife management at the urban-wildland interface, and response of wildlife to fire. After a catastrophic 1993 fire season, Scott was instrumental in developing subsequent meetings and a book on fire ecology, management and policy. Scott authored Brushfires in California: Ecology and resource management in 1995, with Jon Keeley.
(951) 827-5115
John Shelly
UC Cooperative Extension forest products and biomass utilization advisor
Areas of expertise -- Forest products, wood manufacturing methods, biomass utilization, physical properties of wood.
(510) 665-3491
Bill Stewart
UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension forestry specialist
Areas of expertise -– Economics of  fire prevention and fire suppression programs, economic assessment of property damages and environmental damages from fires
(510) 643-3130
For more information, see our wildfire media kit: http://news.ucanr.org/mediakits/fire/fire.shtml

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