Livestock & Natural Resources
On Thursday, November 8 Butte County was forever changed as California's Camp Fire broke out in the hills above Chico devastating the town of Paradise. Reports have been made that the fire was burning the “size of a football field every second.” Residents fled for their lives and livestock producers in the path of the fire scrambled to rescue animals. Around noon that shattering day, the Butte County Fairgrounds was designed a large animal livestock evacuation facility and UC Cooperative Extension jumped into action. Here are just a few highlights of what has been happening.....
- Collaborating with Camp Fire Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) and Animal Task Force.
- Collected forage samples to see what smoke and ash mean for the feed animals are eating in the region.
- Worked with Farm Service Agency to develop resource guide for livestock producers impacted by the fire (click here).
- Established building of horse corrals at the Butte County Fairgrounds for large animal evacuation center and coordinating donations for feed and supplies.
- Provided support to agricultural community to establish fund to support evacuated large animals - https://donorbox.org/camp-fire-animal-agriculture-assistance-fund
- Taken water and soil samples to see how rangelands and lower watershed may be changed from Camp Fire.
- Answered media calls and interviews.
- Assisted ranchers with navigating access to evacuation zones to care for animals and move livestock in collaboration with Butte County Agriculture Department and Camp Fire Animal Rescue under the direction of the Butte County Sheriff's office.
- Thursday night when the fire broke out, volunteered answering phone calls at the Butte County Fairground taking reports of missing people.
- Established plan working with local ranchers and supporting businesses in case a large number of cattle were needed to be evacuated since they could not come to the Butte County Fairgrounds.
- Developed system with Butte County Agriculture Department, Cal-Fire, and Butte Animal Rescue (Sheriff's Department) to delineate care of animals in the evacuation zone.
Lastly, thanks those who have supported our local community in the disaster. We appreciate your generosity.
November 28, 2018
(updated from November 18 with additional activities)
Camp Fire Resources
Livestock producers impacted by the Camp Fire can find resources on Farm Service Agency Programs, Estimating Forage Loss and livestock drinking water quality by clicking here.
If you have questions or would like technical assistance please contact Butte County Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Tracy Schohr at 916-716-2643 or email@example.com.
2019 Beef Day
Saturday, February 23, 2018
The 2019 Beef Day will focus on rangeland enhancement through genetic selection and adaptive management. Researchers and livestock managers will share emerging information on bridging genetics and rangeland management, as well as other contemporary management issues. Ranchers and rangeland managers are encouraged to join Chico State and UC Cooperative Extension for this event.
February 23, 2018 - Chico State Beef Day. Click here to learn more.