- Author: Robert J Keiffer
Despite the small amount of precipitation and a bit of snowfall-melt, the rangelands and hills are still brown here at the UC Hopland Research & Extension Center. There was even a small grassland wildfire just next to the HREC border last friday evening ... which is just plain weird for the month of December.
I am attaching a shot of the border collie sheep dog trial course from last November (border collie is under the tree) ... but the rangeland still looks similar except for a few mowed areas and heavily grazed areas which have some grass & forb germination. In the background of the photo is Duncan's Peak, a prominent landscape feature that "overlooks" Hopland and Sanel Valley.