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Legislative staff attend virtual wildfire tour

UC ANR hosted a wildfire virtual tour for state legislators, legislative staff and agency officials Nov. 16.

UC ANR hosted a wildfire virtual tour for state legislators, legislative staff and agency officials Nov. 16. Vice President Glenda Humiston introduced the UC Cooperative Extension advisors, a program coordinator and a Master Gardener volunteer who shared real-world examples of how UC research and tools are helping Californians prepare for and mitigate wildfires in their homes, communities, and wildlands.

Fourteen legislative and agency staff members joined the virtual morning tour across California's landscapes.

Ryan Tompkins, UC Cooperative Extension forest and natural resources advisor, discussed his forest management research and shared photos of live fires – some taken from his own front yard this year. Andy Lyons, Informatics and GIS program coordinator, showed them tools such as drone imagery and mapping that can be used in real time to fight fires. 

Clio Tarazi, UC Master Gardener volunteer and retired urban planner who helped UC ANR pioneer defensible space training and Firewise Landscaping in Sonoma County, described how UC Master Gardeners worked one on one with residents, helping them reduce fire risk around their homes and neighborhoods.

Lenya Quinn-Davidson discussed her work with prescribed fire.

Lenya Quinn-Davison, UCCE fire advisor, discussed her work with prescribed fire, training women and people from other underrepresented groups in fire careers (WTREX), and bringing together non-traditional partners to build capacity to improve fire resiliency. 

“Inviting legislators and their staff to witness the work we do hand-in-hand with their constituents is critical to making informed policy,” said Humiston. “Wildfire resiliency is of utmost importance, and UC has the tools and expertise to build California's capacity to prevent and reduce the damage from catastrophic wildfires. No matter where you live in California, wildfire affects all of us.” 

For guests who expressed interest in seeing a live prescribed burn, Anne Megaro, director of government and community relations, is arranging visits.

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10:15 AM
  • Author: Anne Megaro

Join conversations with UC ANR senior leaders June 23

UC ANR employees are invited to engage informally with UC ANR senior leadership and to discuss what's on your mind. The first Open Conversation session is 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, with AVP Wendy Powers and AVP-Business Operations Tu Tran.

To allow for open dialog, we are hoping to limit enrollment to 20 people per session so please register early if you are interested. Participants may submit specific questions and topics of interest when they complete the interest form.

We're also holding the dates below for future sessions. Dates and times may be adjusted as needed. 

Sept. 21, 1-2 p.m. with Vice President Glenda Humiston and Powers

Dec. 15, 1-2 p.m. with Humiston and Tran

Open Conversation sessions will be announced about one month prior to each session.

For more information, contact the ANR Program Support Unit at anrprogramsupport@ucanr.edu or 530-750-1361 (messages only).

Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 9:10 AM
Tags: Glenda Humiston (73), May 2021 (17)

Open Conversations with UC ANR leadership begin March 31

Glenda Humiston

UC ANR Senior Leadership will begin hosting conversations with small groups of ANR employees on a quarterly basis. The first will be Wednesday, March 31, at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with VP Glenda Humiston and Tu Tran, associate vice president for business operations. 

Tu Tran

Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants per session to allow for open dialogue, so please register at https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=32978.

Wendy Powers

The dates below are being held for future sessions. Dates and times may be adjusted as needed. 

June 23, 1 – 2 p.m., with Wendy Powers, associate vice president, and Tran

Sept. 21, 1 – 2 p.m., with Humiston and Powers

Dec. 15, 1 – 2 p.m., Humiston and Tran 

Open Conversation sessions will be announced about one month prior to each session.

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:05 PM

UC ANR stands firmly by values of diversity and inclusivity

Dear Colleagues,

I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the wave of emotions we are all feeling. Our nation has been shaken by the tragic death of yet another unarmed Black man, George Floyd. This brutal event, followed by protests by those who are grieving, has now led to a level of violence that has been shocking to all of us. A great many of us are experiencing pain, fear, anger and hopelessness. Let me assure you, that the leaders of UC ANR, including myself, stand firmly by our values of diversity and inclusivity and denounce all forms of bigotry. To those within our community who have suffered from such bigotry, we stand with you and with everyone who stands against racism, racial profiling, police brutality and injustice.

I strongly support the statement released by President Napolitano and Regents' Chair John Perez on behalf on the UC system. Among other points, it recognizes that silence is complicity: “No matter how difficult, we must individually and collectively reflect on the lives lost unnecessarily, and address head on the systemic problems and challenges we all face as a society.”  President Napolitano further stated that one of UC's bedrock principles is “…that all people are equal and deserve to be treated fairly and respectfully. We all deserve to live, work and go about our lives without fear."

Although we may feel hopeless and despair, we can be part of the solution. As stated in our UC ANR Principles of Community: “Members of the far-reaching UC ANR community have the right to work in an environment that promotes fairness, trust, respect, and physical and emotional safety and security.” Such principles are not just for the workplace, they need to extend to all interactions we have with others. Let's continue to take action and confront bigotry while striving to create the open and equitable society that we are all entitled to.

California's strength is its diversity; our UC ANR mission has always been to serve all segments of the state's population. I ask that everyone think proactively about how we can help our communities move forward. Whether you are helping small farmers reach new markets, preparing our youth to participate in civic engagement, helping limited-resource families access resources, or working on any of our many other wide-ranging programs, you truly make a difference in the lives of all Californians. You, the multi-talented ANR staff and academics, are responsible for that, and I deeply thank you for your work and dedication. 

There is much work yet to do. The UC ANR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alliance is building institutional support for all UC ANR personnel to learn and contribute to these efforts. I hope you will join as well.

We care about every one of you. Please stay safe and be sure to care for yourself and your loved ones in this difficult time. 

Best wishes and warmest regards,

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 5:13 PM
Tags: Diversity (14), Glenda Humiston (73), May 2020 (19)

ANR’s rapid response to COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The world has changed profoundly in the past few weeks, compelling us to change the way we live and work to slow the new coronavirus pandemic. Your ability to adapt and to innovate on the fly is nothing short of amazing. These are incredibly trying times for all of us, some more than others. Some of you are working at home and home-schooling children. Others are caring for elderly parents.

I am so proud of the way ANR people are rapidly transforming the way they work. In the daily UC ANR COVID-19 Update, we've been highlighting some examples and will continue to feature innovative efforts. I encourage you to note your efforts on the divisionwide tracker that Strategic Communications created.

Please continue to monitor ucanr.edu/covid19 for resources to help you take care of yourselves and alleviate stress. In this newsletter, you'll also find links to wellness resources.

I appreciate your commitment and all that you do. While we are socially distancing, we will get through this together. Stay safe!

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM
Tags: coronavirus (15), Glenda Humiston (73), March 2020 (20)

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