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Cover page of Managing Monterey, Ponderosa, and Sugar Pines to Inhibit Red Turpentine Beetles

Managing Monterey, Ponderosa, and Sugar Pines to Inhibit Red Turpentine Beetles

(2020)

Monterey pine is widely planted throughout low-elevation urban areas throughout California and is the most planted conifer in the San Francisco Bay Area. This pine, along with ponderosa and sugar pine, are subject to attack by red turpentine beetles; leaving them vulnerable to premature death and fire.

Learn how to inspect and manage your pines to protect them from infestation by this beetle and three other beetles frequently found in dying urban conifers.

Cover page of Mass Tree Mortality, Fuels, and Fire: A Guide for Sierra Nevada Forest Landowners

Mass Tree Mortality, Fuels, and Fire: A Guide for Sierra Nevada Forest Landowners

(2020)

Tree mortality is changing California’s landscape and affecting the amount and type of fuel available for wildland fires. Since the extraordinary drought of 2012 through 2015, millions of trees have died in California, particularly in the Sierra Nevada. Fire risk depends on multiple factors, including weather and ignition sources, which are not affected by tree mortality. However, in areas that have experienced mass tree mortality, the amount and distribution of dead wood that can act as fuel has changed, altering the risk posed by fires.

This publication discusses examples of mass tree mortality and assesses the impact on fuels—so that landowners and managers can understand fire risk on their own property and develop strategies to reduce it.

Managing Monterey, Ponderosa, and Sugar Pines to Inhibit Red Turpentine Beetles

(2020)

Monterey pine is widely planted throughout low-elevation urban areas throughout California and is the most planted conifer in the San Francisco Bay Area. This pine, along with ponderosa and sugar pine, are subject to attack by red turpentine beetles; leaving them vulnerable to premature death and fire.

Learn how to inspect and manage your pines to protect them from infestation by this beetle and three other beetles frequently found in dying urban conifers.

Cover page of Forest Stewardship Series 25: Adapting Forests to Climate Change

Forest Stewardship Series 25: Adapting Forests to Climate Change

(2017)

Forests are shaped by the climates in which they grow. Climate has always changed over time, but many of the changes we now observe have not occurred in recent decades or even thousands of years. This faster rate of change can impact forest health in many ways. As a forest landowner, there are decisions you can make now about how you manage your land that will help you protect your forest against the likely effects of a changing climate. This publication can help you better understand the evolving science of climate change, the possible effects these changes will have on forests, and the actions you can take to better adapt your forests to the climate of the future.

Cover page of Protecting Trees from Sudden Oak Death before Infection

Protecting Trees from Sudden Oak Death before Infection

(2011)

Sudden oak death, caused by Phytophthora ramorum infection, has killed over a million oak trees in California. Most infected trees do die of the disease, but this publication gives some steps you can take to prevent infection in the first place.

Cover page of Burned Oaks: Which Ones Will Survive?

Burned Oaks: Which Ones Will Survive?

(2011)

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.

Cover page of Forest Stewardship Series 14: Exotic Pest Plants

Forest Stewardship Series 14: Exotic Pest Plants

(2007)

Part 14 of the 24-part Forest Stewardship Series. The Forest Stewardship Series is a 24-part free online publication that provides owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands. This information will help you formulate and implement strategies for achieving your personal goals as a landowner. The series provides an introduction to the lifelong study of forest stewardship that is part of owning forest property.

Cover page of Forest Stewardship Series 5: Tree Growth and Competition

Forest Stewardship Series 5: Tree Growth and Competition

(2007)

Part 5 of the 24-part Forest Stewardship Series. The Forest Stewardship Series is a 24-part free online publication that provides owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands. This information will help you formulate and implement strategies for achieving your personal goals as a landowner. The series provides an introduction to the lifelong study of forest stewardship that is part of owning forest property.

Cover page of Forest Stewardship Series 19: Laws and Regulations Affecting Forests, Part I: Timber Harvesting

Forest Stewardship Series 19: Laws and Regulations Affecting Forests, Part I: Timber Harvesting

(2007)

Part 19 of the 24-part Forest Stewardship Series. The Forest Stewardship Series is a 24-part free online publication that provides owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands. This information will help you formulate and implement strategies for achieving your personal goals as a landowner. The series provides an introduction to the lifelong study of forest stewardship that is part of owning forest property.