As the KNP Complex Fires approach Whitaker's Forest, Berkeley Forests Staff and Faculty are working closely with Incident Management and Operations teams, and with the neighboring National Park Service, to implement a controlled burn designed to reduce fuels in the path of the wild fire, favorably altering fire behavior in the burned area.
With the devastating impacts of the 2020 Castle Fire on giant sequoia populations still top of mind, there has been great concern and public interest as the 2021 KNP Complex Fires again burn through many of the best-known groves of large diameter giant sequoia. Berkeley Forests provides a summary of the natural adaptations and vulnerabilities of giant sequoia to fire, and gives information on the human interventions we have implemented to protect these trees from mortality caused by fire damage.
The 2021 SJ Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry will bring together a panel of carbon emission buyers, sellers and intermediaries for a moderated discussion about the ways in which carbon markets can contribute to timberland returns.
Listen as Dr. Brandon Collins joins the "America Adapts" podcast to discuss the ecology of western forests and management options to mitigate against extreme disturbance events. Dr. Collins and host Doug Parsons also discuss the growing impact of climate on these catastrophic fires and why past land management is making it harder for landscapes to adapt to climate change.
Berkeley News highlights a new UC Berkeley report, co-authored by Berkeley Forests Co-Director Scott Stephens, that shows how allowing lightning fires to burn in Yosemite’s Illilouette Creek Basin recreated a lost — and more resilient — forest ecosystem.
An update on the status of UC Berkeley's Forestry Camp as the Dixie Fire continues to burn throughout Plumas, Lassen, Butte and Tehama counties.
Berkeley Forests Co-Director Scott Stephens is the senior author of a new study that gathers together decades of research documenting how the return of wildfire has shaped the ecology of Yosemite National Park’s Illilouette Creek Basin and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Sugarloaf Creek Basin.