The Center for Forestry and Center for Fire Research and Outreach are merging to become Berkeley Forests!
As we all know, forests and fire are inextricably linked in California. Combining the Centers under one roof will facilitate the work of our co-directors, Dr. Scott Stephens and Dr. William Stewart, our Berkeley Forests staff, and management of our new research forest, Grouse Ridge.
All through first grade, he’s maintained that he wanted to be a woodcutter, even though we’ve warned him the work was hard and dangerous. To my surprise and delight, last month Russell Research Station — a 283-acre facility of the UC Berkeley’s Center for Forestry, located near the rolling hills of Briones Regional Park — opened to the public for a day.
More than 150 students from El Dorado and Placer county high schools took to the trees Thursday to learn about a smorgasbord of forestry careers.
Held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Blodgett Forest Research Station in Georgetown, the woodED Pathways Experience sought to open doors to students who may not have been aware of jobs available in their own backyards.
A new study from researchers in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and the UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach—published online in advance of print in Environmental Research Letters—demonstrates that vegetation management and firefighting play major roles in determining fire risk in California.
WASHINGTON - Forestry experts have a dire warning for California: the conditions are ripe for more catastrophic fire seasons like the one last fall.
“If our society doesn’t like the outcomes from recent fires and extensive drought-induced tree mortality in Sierra forests, then we collectively need to move beyond the status quo,” said study co-author Scott Stephens, professor of fire science at
"Los Angeles is in its second week of trying to contain the Thomas fire that has spread through two counties. Millions of acres have burned across the U.S.