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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Yolo County Receives Recognitions for Use of Green Power

Yolo County Receives Recognitions for Use of Green Power

Yolo County will be recognized next week at the Green California Summit with a Green California Leadership Award for 5.8 megawatts of ground-mounted, high-efficiency SunPower solar power systems installed at two county-owned sites in 2013, which at current utility rates, are eliminating the county’s annual $1.4 million electricity bill and generating $438,000 in annual revenues.  The Green California Leadership Awards were established to recognize outstanding environmental achievements in governments who undertake publicly financed and executed projects that provide a measurable benefit to the natural or human environment.

Grant Funds offer Free Tire Disposal at the Yolo County Landfill

Grant Funds offer Free Tire Disposal at the Yolo County Landfill

(Woodland, CA) – Over 15 tons of tires have already been recycled through a CalRecycle Tire Amnesty grant that was awarded to the Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management.  Since funding is still available, now through the end of March, all Yolo County residents are being offered free tire recycling at the Yolo County Central Landfill for up to nine tires per household, farm or ranch.  Coupons are being sent in the mail and utility bills, and can also be found for downloading on Yolo County city websites.  A valid driver’s license or utility bill verifying Yolo County residency will be checked upon arrival at the landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H at Road 104, and a coupon must be presented at that time for free disposal. 

Things to remember when participating in this free tire recycling event:

UC Davis ranks in top 10 worldwide for sustainability

UC Davis ranks in top 10 worldwide for sustainability

The University of California, Davis, made a significant advance in the just-released UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, which placed UC Davis in the top 10 for campus sustainability and environment-friendly management. In Universitas Indonesia’s fourth annual GreenMetric rankings, for 2013, UC Davis is ninth overall (up from 17th a year earlier) and fourth in the United States. The rankings comprise 301 universities. Out of all of the UC campuses, only Davis made the top 10. “Being ranked in the top 10 globally is a great honor for UC Davis,” Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said. “Our commitment to the…... Read More

California ranchers anticipate devastating drought impacts, study finds

California ranchers anticipate devastating drought impacts, study finds

As California braces for record drought, ranchers are among the most immediately impacted, and most say they are not ready for the severe water shortages and lack of forage that drought would bring, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis.  A statewide survey and follow-up interviews by the research team document a deep and growing concern over the severe conditions facing the ranching community. More than one-third of interviewed ranchers expect devastating impacts to their operations if drought conditions persist. UC Davis postdoctoral researcher Leslie Roche and colleagues surveyed 511 ranchers across the…... Read More

Wheat geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky receives Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Wheat geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky receives Wolf Prize in Agriculture

Jorge Dubcovsky, an acclaimed plant geneticist, international leader in wheat genomics and elected member of the National Academy of Sciences from the University of California, Davis, was today named a recipient of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, sharing the prize with Leif Andersson from Uppsala University in Sweden. The $100,000 Wolf Prizes are awarded annually by the Wolf Foundation to outstanding scientists and artists in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, physics, mathematics, medicine and the arts. This year five prizes were awarded to eight individuals in four countries. The new Wolf Prize laureates will receive their awards in…... Read More

Free Holiday Recycling at the County Landfill

The Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works, Division of Integrated Waste Management is again offering a number of ways for residents to recycle this holiday at the Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland.

Free recycling of residential holiday trees (treecycling) is being offered at the landfill from December 26 through January 15.  Treecycling turns household holiday trees into a valuable renewable and recyclable resource.  As holiday trees are biodegradable, they eventually decompose to provide essential organic matter.  Limit two trees per resident, free of ornaments, flocking, tinsel, garland and lights.

Residents can also recycle old electronics, such as computers, TVs and monitors that were upgraded during the holidays, and paper, plastics, cans and bottles for free every day at the landfill.