Central Sierra
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Central Sierra


The Central Sierra forestry program seeks to provide the latest research-based information from the University of California to residents, non-profits, and staff of local, state, and federal agencies.

Susie Kocher is the Forestry Advisor for the Central Sierra area. Susie is a Registered Professional Forester with a background in forestry, stream restoration, monitoring and sociology and has worked for Cooperative Extension for 22 years, in South Lake Tahoe since September 2006. On-going projects:

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Forestry events/workshops:

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Ideas for collaboration or educational programming are welcome. Please contact:

Susie Kocher, University of California Cooperative Extension-Central Sierra, 1061 3rd Street, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, Phone: 530-542-2571, E-mail: sdkocher@ucanr.edu

Forest Research and Outreach Blog

This beetleā€™s gut may hide clues to making better biofuels

Reposted from UC Berkeley Public Affairs The passalid beetle's unique gut architecture helps it transform decaying wood into energy-rich materials. (Graham Wise photo, via Wikimedia commons) Decaying wood doesn't make the most nutritious food,...

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM
  • Author: UC Berkeley Public Affairs
Tags: beetles (1), biofuels (1), Eoin Brodie (1), microbiome (1), wood decay (1)

Forest Health

In 2015/16, many trees are dying throughout the central Sierra Nevada. This link connects to a webpage with information, publications and resources for dealing with tree mortality in the central Sierra.

Forest health and tree mortality web page

Susie's publications

December 2018

Landowner Perspectives on Reforestation following a High-Severity Wildfire in California

December 2017

Linking knowledge to action: the role of boundary spanners in translating ecology.

November 2017

Building climate change resilience in California through UC Cooperative Extension

July 2017

Recovering from Wildfire - A Guide for California's Forest Landowners

April 2017

Governance of Land Use Planning to Reduce Fire in CA and France

March 2017

Adapting forests to climate change

Reevaluate the Sierra Nevada landscape after removing dead trees

December 2015

SNAMP final report Appendix F - participation team

Ingram and Kocher 2015 Natural history of the Sierra Nevada - California Naturalist Series

April 2015

Fire Adapted Community Learning Network blog post

March 2015

Kocher 2015 Californians must learn from the past

March 2015

Sulak, Huntsinger and Kocher 2015 UC plays crucial facilitating role in SNAMP

August 2013

Kline and Kocher 2013 Background and Strategies for Managing Fires in California forests

March 2013

Kocher et al 2013 How can we span the boundaries between wildland fire science and management in the United States

December 2012

Kocher and Beckwitt 2012 Status of Sierra Nevada forests indicator report

June 2012

Restoring Conservancy Lands Following the Angora Fire - a Preliminary Assessment


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