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University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra News

Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties

May 2012


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The Spatial Team from the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP) would like to announce two upcoming lidar workshops. They will be held near our two forest research sites to assist us in spreading out the opportunity to learn more about the work of the University of California Berkeley and Merced Remote Sensing Teams.

The workshops will cover the collection, analysis and integration of lidar data in the SNAMP project, including a presentation, discussion and hands-on portions.

For more info visit: SNAMP Lidar Workshops 



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June 7th, 2012, Ironstone Winery, Calaveras County.


4-H Events


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5-26: County Fair Pre-Weigh

5-17 to 5-20: Calaveras County Fair

El Dorado
5-5: Chili Cook-off & Ag Expo
Round Up - Save the Date

5-6: County Fashion Revue
5-12 to 5-13: Mother Lode Round Up


MFP Classes


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Public Education Classes - July - October


MG Classes


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5-12: Herbs /Shakespeare Garden
5-19: Tomato Sale

5-12: Kids' Day in the Garden
Veggie Gardening in Small Spaces & Plant Sale

El Dorado
5-12: Container Gardening
Herbs & Lavender Too!

5-5: Summer Veggie Gardening, Diverse Garden Planting



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Dear Robin,

What's happening at your UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra? We have some workshops coming up that you may be interested in attending. Read on for more information.

News & Updates


Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week  
The third annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week will be held May 26th to June 3rd 2012. The theme this year is "Wildfire Survival: Your Home, Your Responsibility". The focus of the week will be to promote homeowner and resident actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities. These include upgrading vulnerable home components and conducting defensible space activities. Also consider having an evacuation plan in place - make a plan, assemble a kit, stay informed. Visit for more information. Fire agencies, fire safe chapters and local organizations will collaborate to hold community clean up days including offering free chipping and pine needle pick-ups and hosting neighborhood meetings and educational activities including a webinar series on reducing wildfire risk so those living remotely can participate in the week's events. Check the website at to find out about events and the webinar series.

The goal of the Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week is to encourage individual action to reduce the threat of wildfire to homes and communities. Activities will provide information and resources to upgrade homes and create defensible space around them. Fire resistant homes have fire-rated roofs, covered vents to reduce the risk of ember intrusion, fire resistant construction materials and are in good repair. Creating defensible space involves selecting and maintaining vegetation near the home, thereby reducing the risk homes will be ignited and destroyed during a wildfire.


It takes coordinated effort between individuals and local fire and other agencies to prepare a community to survive wildfire. We are counting on you to take responsibility to reduce the risk from wildfire to your home and community in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Please join in wildfire week activities. For information on how to upgrade homes or create defensible space in the Tahoe Basin see, or contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or 




Events & Workshops


Teachers Invited to Local Teacher's Ag Summer Institute (TASI)

Educators from El Dorado and Amador counties are invited to attend the Teacher's Ag Summer Institute set for June 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2012.  The workshop will bring together classroom teachers, farmers, ranchers, environmental educators and agricultural and natural resource specialists to gain a deeper understanding of agricultural systems and how they sustain the health of people, society, and the natural environment.  Teachers will gain an expanded understanding of what agriculture brings to our local community, while providing students with new opportunities to practice critical thinking skills in the classroom, utilizing resources and experiences provided at the teacher institute.Description: Description: TASI group photo

The Teacher's Ag Summer Institute (TASI) combines hands-on, field experiences and sample classroom activities to immerse participants in the vital world of agriculture.  Daily topics center around sustainable agriculture themes and are tied to California state curriculum standards to ensure ease in incorporating lessons into the classroom.  Topics will include conservation and stewardship practices; land use and zoning issues; ecological services provided by crop, forest and rangelands; water utilization and conservation; production, marketing and distribution systems; economic and business considerations and the historical context of agriculture in the region.  Field activities will be conducted at working ranches, orchards, farms, forest lands and vineyards located throughout El Dorado County.  Educators need little or no background in agriculture to attend the institute. 


A $75 participation fee covers transportation to the field sites from the workshop base in Coloma, lunches and all resource materials.  Teachers will prepare and present a lesson plan or class activity, developed from resources and experiences gleaned while attending TASI at a "Back to the Farm" event to be held in July.  Optional continuing education credits will be offered for the workshop series.  Registration is available at; space is limited and teachers are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  For more information contact Wendy West, project coordinator at 530-621-5533 or


El Dorado Agriculture in the Classroom hosts the annual Teacher's Ag Summer Institute (TASI) with support from local business and agency sponsors.  As a grassroots charitable nonprofit organization, EDCAITC offers educators, students, and the public opportunities to learn about agriculture in context of local farms, ranches, and forests. 

Tuolumne Master Gardener GardenTour:
Sunday, June 24th

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Garden Tour 2011

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host there 17th annual Spring Garden Tour, featuring higher elevation gardens and the demonstration garden on the campus of Cassina High School, 251 S. Barretta Street in Sonora, California. The self guided tour is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets, available May

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Garden Tour 2011

1st, are $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at local nurseries, the UCCE Office at 52 N. Washington Street, Sonora, California and online at the Tuolumne County Master Gardener Garden Tour Tickets .


Thank you for your continued interest in the UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra's news, workshops, and events.



Scott Oneto
University of California
Cooperative Extension
Central Sierra


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