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.
Sierra Foothill REC Blog
Added February 8, 2017
This growing season the first germination at SFREC occurred on October 14, 2016, slightly earlier than the average germination date October 21. While the germination date was close to average, the germination in pounds of forage per acre for December...
Research Spotlight: Foothills irrigation creates wetlands and sustains them in drought, benefitting birdsAdded January 10, 2017
After five years, the northern Sierra Nevadas have finally been moved out of the “severe drought” category by the US Drought monitor following a promisingly rainy start to the 2017 water year. This is not only good news for our agricultural...
Added December 6, 2016
The way rainfall is translated to runoff and streamflow in rivers depends on many complex, interconnected processes in the landscape. Rain falling onto hillslopes, meadows, or forests is either infiltrating into soils or flowing as runoff on the surface...
Added November 22, 2016
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...
Added November 15, 2016
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...