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Santa Cruz Forests
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    Coast Redwoods Stewardship Webinar planned for June

    I'm excited to announce we have a great webinar planned in June covering coast redwood ecology and stewardship both pre- and postfire! Join me and two of my amazing UCANR colleagues Kristen Shive and Cleo Wölfle Hazard. Sign up free at...


    By Brian Woodward
    Author - Forest Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties
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    Ceanothus in the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Burn Footprint

    Whether you've been hiking or driving through the CZU Fire burn footprint in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you might have noticed that the understory of the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests look quite different from how...


    By Brian Woodward
    Author - Forest Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties
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    Pile Burns in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    Conditions in the Santa Cruz Mountains have been ripe for pile burning recently. You may have noticed slight hints of smoke in the air as regional forest managers work quickly to burn woody material that has been carefully piled in fuel and forest health...


    By Brian Woodward
    Author - Forest Advisor for Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties
Livestock and Range Update Blogs
  • Livestock Pass Fire Safety Meeting

    Do you have livestock in San Benito County? If so, you'll want to attend the livestock pass fire training which will be hosted by the Ag Commissioner's office and presented by CAL FIRE. A holder of a San Benito County Livestock Pass may have access to a...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Conserving Your Legacy - Workshop on June 5, 2024

    Are you interested in learning more about transitioning your ranching operations to future generations? If so, this workshop is for you.   Date: June 5, 2024 Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Location: San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau Office Cost: $25,...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Bay Area Carnivore-Livestock Interactions Project

    Please see request below from UCCE Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor Carolyn Whitesell...   The Bay Area Carnivore-Livestock Interactions Project (BACLIP) is examining various aspects of carnivore-livestock conflict. One part of the project...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Wildfire Preparedness for Farmers and Ranchers

    Please see message below about two great upcoming webinars from Lenya Quinn-Davidson, UCCE Fire Network Director...   The UC ANR Fire Network is hosting two upcoming webinar series that may be of interest to you. One is focused on wildfire...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
  • Please Fill Out the 2023 Crop Report Survey

    The San Benito County Agricultural Commissioner's Office is accumulating figures for the 2023 County Crop Report and they would greatly appreciate your assistance in collecting accurate data. If you've got cattle in San Benito County, please fill out the...


    By Devii R Rao
    Author - San Benito County Director and Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
Salinas Valley Agriculture
Small Farm News
Bug Squad
  • A yellow-face bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, is interrupted by a fast-approaching honey bee as it's nectaring on lavender in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Battle Over the Lavender: Mine, All Mine!

    A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, is foraging on lavender in a Vacaville garden. Abruptly, the bumble bee senses a fast-approaching honey bee, Apis mellifera. Bombus: "Hey, bee, this is my territory, my...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A wooly bear caterpillar on ice plant at Bodega Head. This insect is Arctia virginalis, formerly known as Platyprepia virginalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    The Wooly Bears of Bodega

    Ever seen the wooly bear caterpillar,  Arctia virginalis, formerly known as Platyprepia virginalis? It's found in low elevations in western North America, from southern Monterey Bay, across Nevada and southern...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A sweat bee, possibly Halictus tripartitus, foraging on pollen on a tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii, in a Vacaville garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Finding Pollen on Echium During National Pollinator Month

    It's National Pollinator Month, and what better time to find a tiny speck of a bee on a seven-foot tower of jewels, Echium wildpretii? This is a sweat bee of the family Halictidae, the second largest family of bees, comprised of some...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A sweat bee, genus Halictus, sailing over a Coreopsis in a Vacaville pollinator garden. June is National Pollinator Month. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    It's Pollinator Month: No Sweat?

    In the sweltering heat of Solano County (100 degrees) during National Pollinator Month, how about an image of a sweat bee, genus Halictus, a tiny bee that's often overlooked in the world of pollinators. It's a social bee that nests in the soil....


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A honey bee, its proboscis extended, collects water from the edges of a birdbath. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    The Water Girls

    If you're struggling with triple-digit temperatures, think about the honey bees. They need to collect water for their colony to cool the hive so their brood can develop. And for other purposes. Just call them "The Water Girls." Lately the bees have...


    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
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