Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
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Researcher Spotlight: Creating New Technology to Study the Path of Water

The synthetic DNA tracer concept.

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...

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 1:21 PM
  • Author: Helen Dahlke
Tags: DNA (1), Research (16), Research Spotlight (3), SFREC (52), Tracer (1), Water (5), Water Quality (1), Watersheds (2)

Students Deepen their Understanding of the Salmon Life Cycle at SFREC

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...

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:10 AM
Tags: education (28), Field Day (1), Nature Trail (2), Salmon (1), SFREC (52), Spawn (1), Yuba River (7)

Teachers go back to School to buff up on Science

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...

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Tags: Education (28), FIT+ (1), Outdoor Recreation (5), Outreach (29), Project WET (2), SFREC (52), Teacher training (2), UCANR (40)

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

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...

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM
  • Author: Lauren Hallett
  • Author: Katharine Suding

Successful "Low-Stress Handling" Workshop at SFREC

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...

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:46 AM
  • Author: Clint Tipton
Tags: Cattle (2), Low-Stress Stockmanship (1), Range Management (5), SFREC (52), UCCE (19)

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