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Cover page of Building to Coexist with Fire: Community Risk Reduction Measures for New Development in California

Building to Coexist with Fire: Community Risk Reduction Measures for New Development in California

(2020)

Where communities are built on the landscape, and how they are designed, are very important issues in determining how vulnerable they will be to wildfire-related losses.

This publication offers guidance on how planners, fire districts, and communities can develop community-scale risk reduction measures (RRM) when building or rebuilding in fire-prone areas.

Considerations include inclusion of fire professionals in the planning process; the spatial placement of communities; how communities are laid out to minimize exposure; and key defensibility, ignition, and evacuation concerns. Examples are provided for each RRM, along with some consideration of challenges associated with their implementation.

The guidance provided here will be helpful for agency personnel involved in evaluating and approving future development in California. Because there is a pressing need for additional housing in California, communities must be built with design principles that make them safer to inhabit and less vulnerable to inevitable wildfires.

Cover page of Natural History of the Central Coast Bioregion

Natural History of the Central Coast Bioregion

(2019)

Whether one drives the Big Sur coastline, or stands at the foot of a giant coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) or in the shade of an ancient valley oak (Quercus lobata), it is clear that California’s Central Coast Bioregion embodies exceptional biological diversity and natural beauty. Extending from the southwest corner of San Joaquin County south to northern Ventura County, the bioregion is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the San Joaquin Valley, Carrizo Plains, and the interior Transverse Ranges. Across the bioregion’s 15,000 square miles (9% of California’s area), physical and biological processes, combined with time and human actions, have resulted in a broad range of ecosystems, each harboring distinct assemblages of plants and animals.

Cover page of California Naturalist Series: Natural History of the Sierra Nevada

California Naturalist Series: Natural History of the Sierra Nevada

(2015)

Whether you hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, fish from a trout stream, ski down the steep eastern slopes, or picnic beneath the spreading canopy of a valley oak in the foothills, there is no way to separate what it means to be a Californian from our beloved Sierra Nevada.

Cover page of What Is pH and Why Do We Care?

What Is pH and Why Do We Care?

(2012)

pH is a system for rating acidity and alkalinity. It is a critical factor in farming, gardening, natural resource work, and many other fields. Here is a brief, straightforward explanation of what pH is, what it means, and why it matters to all of us.

Cover page of Marketing Strategies for Agritourism Operations

Marketing Strategies for Agritourism Operations

(2011)

Agritourism gives the farmer a broad choice of opportunities to market products, on-farm experiences, and hospitality services. This publication will help you assess your options and work out a solid plan for marketing your agritourism operation.

Cover page of Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas: Building Materials and Design Considerations

Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas: Building Materials and Design Considerations

(2010)

It's like the three little pigs showed us: The way you build your house can make the difference between a cozy home and a heap of rubble when disaster strikes. Learn about design methods and building materials that will help your home survive a wildfire.

Cover page of Water: An English as a Second Language Curriculum for Adults (Student Workbook)

Water: An English as a Second Language Curriculum for Adults (Student Workbook)

(2010)

This ESL curriculum focuses on environmental issues that are relevant to many recent immigrants living in arid, urban situations. Use in conjunction with the Teacher's Edition (Publication 8312).

Cover page of Water: An English as a Second Language Curriculum for Adults (Teacher's Edition)

Water: An English as a Second Language Curriculum for Adults (Teacher's Edition)

(2010)

This ESL curriculum focuses on environmental issues that are relevant to many recent immigrants living in arid, urban situations. Use in conjunction with the Student Workbook (Publication 8311).

Cover page of Facts about Serpentine Rock and Soil Containing Asbestos in California

Facts about Serpentine Rock and Soil Containing Asbestos in California

(2009)

Serpentine and related rocks sometimes contain naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). When these rocks break down into soil, the NOA comes with them, and that creates a health hazard. Learn to recognize serpentine soils and keep health risks to a minimum.

Cover page of Rural Roads: A Contruction and Maintenance Guide for California Landowners

Rural Roads: A Contruction and Maintenance Guide for California Landowners

(2007)

For farmers, landowners, and land managers: How to maintain and repair existing roads in rural areas and how to plan and construct new rural roads.