Forestry Your Thing? Check Out All These Events

206794displayPress Release from the University of California Forest Research and Outreach:

Please help share the word about  several upcoming forestry events that our office is coordinating.  More details can also be found on our website or within the attached fliers.  We hope to see you at one or several of these events!
1.      April 23 is the North Coast Sudden Oak Death Coordination meeting from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Fortuna River Lodge. This program for forest managers and landowners will provide up-to-date information about where the disease is located in the North Coast, discuss disease impacts from Sonoma through Humboldt, explore some new scientific discoveries and help coordinate management strategies.  The cost is $15 and includes lunch.  Pre-registration is required by April 20th.
2.      April 28th is the start of a two-part family succession planning class.  Learn how to pass ranch, timber or farm land and its legacy to the next generation. The cost is $25 per family. More details about the class are available here. Location: Agriculture Center, 5630 South Broadway, Eureka. Pre-registration is required by April 24th.
3.      May 20 is a one-day seminar highlighting hot topics in forestry with 11 invited speakers. The title of the program is “Redwood Region Forest Management and Marketing Opportunities”.  The cost is $15 and includes lunch.  Location: Agriculture Center, 5630 South Broadway, Eureka Pre-registration is required by May 15th.
4.      Fire ecology tours
a.      April 22, Weaverville. We’ll learn about how a previous prescribed burn aided in slowing the fire and protecting the town of Weaverville during a 2014 wildfire. To register email
b.      May 7th, Laytonville at the UC Angelo Reserve.  We’ll explore the 2014 Lodge Fire Tour that burned through a variety of forest types including old-growth Douglas-fir.  Space is limited and to register email
c.      May 19th, Hopland- Northern California Chaparral Fire Hazard Summit. We’ll review fuel hazard reduction treatments and their relationship to fire hazards and chaparral ecology. The cost is $10, pre-registration is required.


  • A Monarch Butterfly Story
    When My mom and dad were kids in Long Valley (Laytonville) they would collect milkweed that would sprout in the dried up vernal ponds in the fields around the valley. They would take the weeds home and hang them in a screened cage, or a shoe box with many holes punched in it. The weed had Monarch Butterfly eggs on it, the eggs would hatch into larvae that would eat the milkweed. They would pick new milkweed daily to keep the butterflies fed. Soon the caterpillars (larvae) would turn into chrysalises. When that happened they would remove the chrysalises and hang them where they could watch them hatch.

    When they would hatch they would drop out of the shell upside down, turn around and hang head side up while they pumped up and grew their wings. As soon as their wings would dry and harden they would merrily fly upon their way just like they had been flying all along.

    Of course my Mom passed the butterfly raising tradition on to my sister and I. I passed the tradition on to my wife and daughter. My wife became known as “Butterfly Mom” because of her love of raising butterflies.

    I don’t know how far the butterfly raising tradition goes back in Laytonville or if the Native Americans did it, but it was an interesting tradition. However…. it’s probably against the law by now. All good things must pass.

  • Ernie, almost every time you write a comment, I feel the world is a better place. That is a wonderful story about your family.

  • The Angelo Reserve (in Branscomb, at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Eel) was part of my family’s ancestral home. The Lockharts (original settlers) were my GG grandparents. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, or maybe it’s just genetic that I would feel that way. I’ve often wondered about that.

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