Center for Forestry staff recently attended a tour of the Rim Fire hosted by the NorCal/Socal Society of American Foresters State Society. The Rim Fire was (and still is) the largest fire Sierra Nevada history (over 250,000 acres). The tour featured discussions about salvage operations, reforestation, and forest policy.
Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley
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The Center for Forestry is located in the College of Natural Resources on the University of California, Berkeley Campus. It also serves as part of the system-wide Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The center is co-directed by Bill Stewart, forestry extension specialist, and Scott Stephens, professor of fire sciences. For additional information or inquiries, please contact Carlin Starrs, policy analyst.
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Lessons for Saving Our Forests
Posted 9/18/2014 - From the UC Berkeley News Center September 11, 2014 Scott Stephens, in his Mulford Hall office, with a cross-section of a fire-scarred tree that died around 1750, long before the era of fire suppression. Wildfires are flaring once again in...
King Fire Updates
9/18 - 7:00 - Map has been updated with the latest MODIS data, which supports reports that the fire more than doubled in size since the latest estimate yesterday (29,000 acres to over 70,000). It appears that the fire made a strong push north, but did not move much west toward Blodgett.
9/17 - 9:00 - All staff have been evacuated and are home safe. Road access is spotty (50 is closed). The map has been updated with the latest Geomac and Modis data.
9/16 16:30 - The King Fire started the evening of September 13 east of Pollock Pines. On 9/15, it grew to 3,900 acres. By the morning of 9/16, it was over 11,000 acres and 5% contained.
As of the afternoon of the 16th, the fire is alarmingly close to Blodgett Forest Research Station. All staff are being evacuated.
We will provide updates here as they come in. The map to the right is based on the latest perimeter and hotspot data available through CALFIRE and NASA. We anticipate the perimeter update will be updated every 24 hours in the early morning (as the data becomes available).
The last update was 9/16 at 10:00AM.
EVACUATION INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4108/
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The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will present the University of California (UC), Berkeley Forestry Program with its highest honor, the “Francis H. Raymond Award for Outstanding Contributions to California Forestry.” The presentation will be made during the Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the first floor auditorium of the Resources Building located at 1416 9th Street in downtown Sacramento.
The Forest Steward Blog
How to train your giant sequoia
Posted 4/5/2013 - Article reviewed: Density effects on giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) growth through 22 years: Implications for restoration and plantation management By R. York, K O’Hara, and J. Battles, published in Western Journal of...
The beautiful fall colors of the conifer forest: small orange flames and big yellow machines
Posted 1/18/2013 - Article reviewed: Fuel treatment longevity in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest By S. Stephens, B. Collins, and G. Roller. Published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management, 285: 204-212 The plot line: This study looks at how long fire...