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UC Davis students on a Soper-Wheeler forest tour

Over the years we have made a commitment to responsible and sustainable forest management. A large part of that commitment has been in the form of research and field trials.

This has led to a better scientific understanding of issues at hand and has had a direct influence on our day-to day practices.

We take pride in how we manage our lands and part of that is educating people about what we do.

Below you’ll find a collection of relevant, informative articles on forestry and land management topics.


Whitebark pine cone

Rich in cones: North state has diversity of conifers

Redding Record Searchlight – December 23, 2011 – The simple beauty of pine cones makes them a natural for seasonal decorations, but trees do not produce their cones to beautify our tabletops, mantels and wreaths. The purpose of a cone ...»

Animation: Fun Forest Flicks

Our forests are burning, what should we do about it? This short animation from the California Forest Foundation illustrates what has happened to California forests and how we can reduce catastrophic wildfire. See more Fun Forest Flicks at the Forest ...»

Video: Forest Health and Global Warming

This video interviews educators, researchers, forest professionals, and wildland firefighters who give their compelling testimony of why forests need to be managed.

Report: Wood building products yield fewer greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2011 – The findings of a new U.S. Forest Service study indicate that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. The authors of Science Supporting the Economic ...»

Catastrophic Wildfire

Catastrophic wildfire kills practically all vegetation and can devastate entire watersheds, resulting in deposits of ash and other sediments in fish spawning and rearing habitat. Forests throughout the West were shaped and maintained by wildfires of various intensities. After decades ...»

Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death is a forest disease caused by the fungus-like micro-organism Phytophthora ramorum and has resulted in widespread dieback of several tree species in California and Oregon forests. It is also the cause of Ramorum blight, which affects the ...»

Logging Terminology

This glossary includes words associated with logging, transportation, forest engineering and silviculture. Use your browser’s “Find” function (Usually Control-F or Command-F) to quickly move to the item you’re looking for. Courtesy Carlton S. Yee, Ph.D. RPF, Emeritus Professor of Forestry, ...»

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. ...»

Noxious Weed: Purple Star Thistle

Noxious Weeds are non-native plants introduced into an ecosystem. They spread quickly and can be difficult to control. They invade croplands, rangeland, forests, prairies, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries, causing both ecological and economical damage that affects us all. Purple ...»

Forest Pathogens: Western Gall Rust

Western gall rust (WGR) is most destructive in tree farms, plantations and nurseries. WGR can directly and more rapidly infect because it has no alternate host.  Conditions optimal for infection occur every several years, resulting in “wave years” of infection ...»
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