Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

ANR News Blog

  • Wildfires are devastating to the soil

    Added November 9, 2020
    An area near Shaver Lake where the 2020 Creek Fire burned most of the living vegetation and old tree stumps. (Photo: Jeannette Warnert)

    After another record year for California wildfire, concern is now turning to the soil impacted by firestorms, reported Sarah Klearman in the Napa Valley Register. High-temperature flames can incinerate vegetation and destroy plant root systems,...

  • Climate change is converting cities into 21st century ghost towns

    Added October 30, 2020
    The Helena Fire of 2017 burned down a pioneer mining town. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

    In California, most ghost towns were created when a local industry collapsed. Now, climate change is more often to blame when booming communities whither and die, reported Daniel Cusick in E&E News. In an eerie horror story released just before...

  • California must become a fire-adapted civilization, UCCE expert says

    Added October 6, 2020
    UCCE forestry advisor Michael Jones.

    The vast California acreage burned in 2020 and the protracted smoky skies should signal state residents and officials to adapt to a new reality, reported Ezra David Romero on Capital Public Radio. The 4 million acres of wildland burned this year isn't...

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