- Author: Jeremy James
UC SFREC along with UC Cooperative Extension form Nevada/Placer hosted a tour of SFREC and ongoing UC research and extension efforts for representatives from Nevada County government, Farm Bureau and the agricultural industry. The main aim of the tour was to highlight ongoing UC research and extension efforts to evaluate and demonstrate the critical role that rangeland systems play in local agriculture as well as the many ecological benefits that rangeland provides society in the region and across the state. The tour enjoyed one of the many unusually warm days we have had in February and was able to view the beef cattle management research on the upper ranch and some of the irrigation and pasture management at the lower ranch. Key opportunities that emerged from this tour included cooperative efforts to support Ag in the Classroom, opportunities to bring other county related programs to explore critical aspects of agriculture and how to leverage those efforts to help conserve rangeland and support ranching enterprises throughout the region.
- Author: Maddison Easley
Last week the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center was fortunate to host a group of high school-aged 4-H students and adults for a short tour of our facilities. About half of the group was visiting from Wisconsin through an exchange program and noticed the significant difference in landscape and ecosystem types. The other portion of the group members were locals involved with Yuba-Sutter 4-H. We discussed the role of the REC system, focusing on our own Center and why it is important to have research facilities available. Previous projects, such as the Forbes Hill Oak Clearing, were talked about and visually showcased. The tour concluded at the charming Yuba River Education Center, following a short hike on one of our nature trails.
It was a relaxing, educational, and enjoyable interaction with young aspiring minds and devoted adults. The staff at SFREC are looking forward to the next engagement involving 4-Hers or other local youth. Conservation, cooperation, communication, and commitment. These are four concepts that were highlighted that I hope our visitors will remember, practice, and share.
- Author: Jeremy James
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