Natural Resources - General Publications
See also: Forest Stewardship
Wildfire in an oak woodland can kill some trees outright and leave others with burn damage that may or may not eventually kill them, too. Here is a quick method for assessing the extent of burn damage and the likelihood that an affected tree will survive.
This is reference sheet 10.3 in the Farm Water Quality Planning series.
A concise economic profile of California's forest-related industries over the past decade.
Full title: Living among the Fish: A Guide to Conservation of Fish Habitat in the Developed Landscape. Increasing urbanization is encroaching on the habitat of California's wild fishes, and fish populations are falling. Learn the basics of fish biology and explore ways to reduce or even reverse civilization's negative effect on fish and streams.
The oak tree is a symbol of all that is solid and reliable, but without proper care and stewardship an oak can be just as fragile as any part of a rangeland ecosystem. Learn how to keep your oak trees healthy so they can benefit generations to come.
A debris-free stream is not always a happy stream! Large woody debris is a critically important resource for California's fish and wildlife. Learn how fallen tree trunks and limbs benefit stream ecosystems.
When you retain storm-generated drainwater to remove pollutants before releasing it into natural waterways, you can easily create an ideal mosquito-breeding habitat. This publication tells how to treat drainwater and still prevent mosquito infestations.
Constructed wetlands can provide many economic and environmental benefits, but due care must be taken to prevent mosquito infestations.
Full Title: Pesticide Choice: Best Management Practice (BMP) for Protecting Surface Water Quality in Agriculture. How to make pest control decisions that will minimize the potential for harm to surface water quality.
Full title: Rangeland Management Series: Factors and Practices that Influence Livestock Distribution.Fine-tuning traditional livestock distribution techniques can improve effectiveness. Learn how to use management practices to alter distribution and to attract livestock into targeted grazing areas or away from environmentally critical areas.
This is an electronic version of publication 21603 (same title). Limited quantities are still available in printed form. This publication discusses issues that family forest landowners should consider following a wildfire in their forest. Includes information on how to protect your property from erosion damage, where to go for help and financial assistance, tax implications of fire losses, how to manage salvage harvesting, and how to help the forest recover.
For ranchers, range managers, and land reclamation contractors. Descriptions of a variety of grasses and legumes used for reseeding rangelands and reclaiming disturbed land in California. This is an unaltered scan of the 1983 print edition, now available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF document.
You've just moved from the city or suburbs to your dream home in the California foothills. You may have a lot of questions about rural living and your new environment. This publication will help you better understand the natural environment you now call home and how to keep your oak woodlands alive and healthy.
Trees are a great benefit to the urban landscape, but it's important to choose a tree species that will contribute least to ozone pollution, particularly for a large-scale city planting. Learn what to look for in a desirable urban tree selection.