- Author: Brian Yudkin
For the 2019-2020 field season, we have made some adjustments to the Healthy Soils Demonstration Project at the Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center (to read about the background of this project, click here) in response to a spontaneous grass fire in June 2019. This year, we have enlarged the scope of the project to include the interplay of post-fire recovery and compost amendments on rangeland management decisions.
In fall 2019, we split each of the original nine plots in half; one side received a new compost amendment, while the other side simply retained its (now-burned) base layer of compost that was applied in fall 2018. That means this year we are studying and gathering samples from 18 plots, keeping us quite busy. In late November/early December, when the first rains of the season arrived, we conducted a gas sampling campaign that spanned eight consecutive days to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from the site. During this time, soil microbial and plant communities became active after months of very dry conditions. Since that initial intensive campaign, we have returned once every two weeks to track greenhouse gas emissions trends throughout the changing seasons.
In January 2020, we installed new moisture and temperature sensors to maintain a continuous record of soil conditions in each plot. Despite an atypically dry February, the site is now green with flourishing grasses, and the growing season has only just gotten underway as warmer weather arrives. In addition to continuing to take samples for greenhouse gas concentrations, we also study the influence of compost amendments on soil nutrients and carbon and forage productivity and quality.
- Author: Alexandra Stefancich
Did you miss our Ranching and Range Management in a Drying Climate Workshop? Don't despair because you can still hear all the wonderful presentations from the day on our Youtube Channel! Talks include:
Compost Applications on Rangeland: Carbon Sequestration and Ecosystem Co-benefits Healthy Soils Demonstration Project
Holly Stover, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley
Co-Principal Investigators:Whendee Silver and Jeremy James
Direct and Legacy Effects of Compost Amendments on Rangeland Ecosystem Services
Ashley Shaw, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Oregon
In collaboration with: Lauren Hallett, Whendee Silver, Katharine Suding, and Holly Stover
Climate Data and Visualization Tools to Support Range Management Planning
Andy Lyons, Shane Feirer & Maggi Kelly
Come Rain or Shine: Incorporating Weather Forecasting/Prediction into On-Ranch Decision Making
Matthew Shapero, UC Cooperative Extension, Livestock & Range advisor
Ranching in a Variable Climate, A Practical Approach
Dan Macon, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
UCCE – Placer/Nevada/Sutter/Yuba
Impacts to and Opportunities for Providing Rangeland Ecosystem Services Under Climate and Land Use Change
Kristin Byrd, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-authors: Lorraine Flint,Alan Flint, Michelle Stern, Pelayo Alvarez, Torre Estrada, Jeffrey Creque,Frank Casey, Fabiano Franco, Ben Sleeter, Chris Soulard, Dick Cameron, Allegra Mayer, Whendee Silver, and Terry Sohl
Impacts of a Drying Climate on Rangeland Ecosystems
Jeremy James, Director UC SFREC
Click here to be directed to our Youtube Channel.
We hope you enjoy all that there is to learn from these valuable presentations.
- Author: Nikolai Schweitzer
- Author: Alexandra Stefancich
Do you love the Yuba watershed? Would you like to learn more about it? Join us, with Know Your Watershed Month NEXT TUESDAY, April 23, to learn more about the watershed and climate research that is happening right in your watershed!
-Peter Moniz of Greg Pasternack's Lab presenting about the gravel injections below Englebright Dam
-Alyssa DeVincentis of UC Davis's Water Management Lab presenting about agricultural water management
Feel free to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at our Yuba River Pavilion following the event!
Pre-registration is requested, to register click here.
- Author: Holly Stover
- Editor: Alexandra Stefancich
Spring is here and the Healthy Soils Demonstration Project (to read about the background of this project, click here) has been busy since the composts were applied last fall. We have observed the onset of spring, the grasses and wildflowers on the plots are actively growing. With frequent rains and warm temperatures starting, the applied compost has settled into the soil ecosystem.
On March 22, a herd of 79 cattle visited our plots and grazed on the grasses. It was a busy week, we also began our second intensive gas sampling campaign and are currently sampling greenhouse gases every day for the next three weeks. The soil microbial and plant communities are active and we are capturing key soil mineralization processes during this time. To learn more about the project, visit us on May 15 at SFREC for the Ranching and Range Management in a Drying Climate Field Day! Click here to see the agenda. Click here to register.