Professional forester Mike Albrecht outlines recovery efforts after last year’s Rim Fire. The hillside behind him shows cleanup of private lands destroyed in the wildfire, including gathering dead trees and brush for removal. In the foreground, clusters of trees have been retained for habitat during reforestation.
Photo/Kate Campbell
In the Stanislaus National Forest, a year after the Rim Fire, more than 2.5 million tons of charred biomass remain on the landscape.
Photo/Kate Campbell
Fire recovery brings progress, frustration
Wildfire recovery has become a disturbingly common part of managing California's 33 million acres of forestland, while firefighting costs run far ahead of the ability to prevent fires. During a tour of areas damaged a year ago in the nearly 260,000-acre Rim Fire, experts outlined the cleanup work accomplished so far and the continuing recovery efforts on both private and public lands. Read more...

Ag Alert update: Milk-pricing bill withdrawn
California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross announced Wednesday that milk-pricing legislation will not be pursued during this legislative session. Read more...

Napa growers, wineries recover after big quake
The magnitude-6 earthquake that struck the Napa Valley Sunday came just as winegrape growers began to harvest the 2014 crop. In the days following the quake, farmers and wineries will learn more about how much the damage caused by the quake could disrupt harvest operations. Read more...

Commentary: Russian ban shows the folly of using food as a weapon
We can only guess how the decision was made for Russia to ban food imports from most of the Western world, but perhaps it went something like this: President Vladimir Putin was sitting with some of his old pals from his KGB days. Putin was desperate for a way to retaliate against the West for its economic sanctions leveled against Russia for intervening to help the rebels in Ukraine. He asked for suggestions. Read more...

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