In 2014, the Center for Forestry nearly lost one of our research forests to the King Fire. During this time, we learned a few things about how fire information is disseminated. We hope some of this will prove useful to those tracking these fires.
“Actions to arrest the decline in forest health will take place far from urban centers,” said Van Butsic, a coauthor of the report and a forestry expert with UC Berkeley’s cooperative extension. “But all Californians will benefit through continued supplies of high-quality water, natural environments, forest products, and recreational landscapes.”
"Right now, forests absorb global-warming pollution. But that's changing as temperatures rise." Featuring Center researcher Dr. Brandon Collins
"As the days turn drier in the Oakland hills and a major source of fire prevention funding evaporates, fire safety advocates say there are inadequate resources to combat the perennial risk of wildfire, especially on neglected public lands." Featuring Center co-director Dr. Scott Stephens
Sudden Oak Death, a disease caused by Phytophthora ramorum, a pernicious water mold that slunk from nursery plants into Northern and Central California wildlands two decades ago spreads. Matteo Garbelotto, a plant pathologist at UC Berkeley, has devoted much of his professional life to dealing with the problem of P. ramorum.
As part of its land conservation commitment, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently donated 1,459 acres to the University of California (UC). The transfer was immediately followed by the conveyance of a conservation easement to Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), permanently protecting high-country forest land and important wildlife habitat.
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks academics to apply as an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist (Fiscal Year) to conduct applied research and outreach in each of the following areas: Forest Health; Rangeland Planning & Policy; and Water Resources & Climate Change Adaptation. The expected start date is July 1, 2015.
"Last summer, working at Blodgett was an opportunity to get my boots in the mud and put classroom concepts to practice, from timber management to resilience ecology. In class, I studied how stands of trees change over time; at Blodgett, I thinned young trees to manipulate the growth progression of the forest. I read about fire ecology in class, and at Blodgett I measured sapling survival after a burn. After hefting a pack full of frothy purple herbicide up a hill, I learned to respect its power in beating back thorns that would have taken hours of scratches to uproot by hand. I felled a tree and thought, “what responsibility do I have to reshape this landscape?”
Sprouting from the Ashes - Robin Bellows, ESPM Graduate Student, Masters of Forestry
Dr. Martin Béland writes about his research using LiDAR to measure the structure of tall trees at Whitaker's Forest (one of the Center's four research forests). Béland was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s biometeorology lab from 2012-2014. He is currently an assistant professor at Laval University in Canada.
King fire threatens decades of campus research - The Daily Californian
“As it was approaching, I saw a large column of smoke,” said Robert York, research stations manager of the campus Center for Forestry. “It was clear it was coming close. But then, it raged by. It was like a freight train had gone by.”
via UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources
"A key University of California, Berkeley, research station is threatened by the King Fire in El Dorado County. Blodgett Research Forest, 4,270 acres located 10 miles east of Georgetown, is home to scores of UC Berkeley investigations on trees and other plants, fish and wildlife populations, insects, diseases, soils, atmospheric chemistry and wildfire management techniques."
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.
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.
This is the latest HD version of the Blodgett Biomass Recovery Project, highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with managing forest biomass and transforming it into a source for renewable energy generation. This project was managed by the Placer County Air Pollution Control District in cooperation with UC Berkeley - Blodgett Forest Station and many other partners. This project is perhaps the leading illustration of biomass utilization in forest management and renewable energy in California, where nearly 9 million acres of forest stand in need of treatment (USFS estimate).