Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

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The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center fosters and supports research, education and outreach programs focused on key agricultural and natural resource themes relevant to the Sierra foothills. We develop programs that address these critical needs with University of California academics as well as local and regional partners. On this site you will find information on how to propose and develop programs at the Center, an overview of current and previous programs, as well as specific information about the Center.

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  • Students Deepen their Understanding of the Salmon Life Cycle at SFREC

    Added November 22, 2016
    Students build a fake redd to hold their eggs. To make sure their eggs would be able to safely hatch they thought about how to build a redd that would protect their eggs.

    In mid November, SFREC partnered with Grass Valley Charter School and Twin Ridges Home Study by bringing students to the center to catch a glimpse of salmon spawning in the Lower Yuba River. The opportunity to observe salmon spawn is a way for...

  • Teachers go back to School to buff up on Science

    Added November 15, 2016
    Teachers practice one of Project WET's lessons. This kind of hands-on experience makes them more likely to use a lesson in their own classroom.

    Last month, teachers and educators from around Northern California came together for a weekend to learn about best practices for science education with a Forestry Institute for Teachers+ (FIT+) workshop. FIT+ is a new professional development program...

  • Researcher Spotlight: Managing Rangelands for the Bad Times as Well as the Good

    Added November 8, 2016
    Figure 2. Total cover and biomass responses to rainfall and grazing legacy over three years (± SE). Dark squares indicate a legacy of moderate grazing – which created a diverse mix of grass and forb species - and light circles indicate a legacy of low grazing – which shifted the community to only dominant grasses.

    Over the last few years Californians have grappled with how to manage lands during times of both drought and plentiful rainfall. At SFREC and on Central Valley rangelands, one question is whether management that promotes high forage in wet years alters...

  • Successful "Low-Stress Handling" Workshop at SFREC

    Added October 31, 2016
    Participants learn about low-stress handling before going out into the field

    On October 21st and 22nd, UCCE Farm Advisor, Roger Ingram and the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center hosted a Low-Stress Stockmanship School taught by Steve and Susan Cote. Steve has 27 years of experience as a range-soil conservationist for...

  • Irrigated Pasture Forage Production Project

    Added October 18, 2016
    Figure 1: H11-21, Cage B, 4-6 inches treatment on the left and Total Forage Production treatment on the right. Photo credit: Nikolai Schweitzer

    The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA utilizes 130 acres of summer irrigated pasture for cattle grazing. SFREC's irrigation water is supplied by a local water district via pipelines and open ditch distribution...

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