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University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra News

Serving Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties

August 2012


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Angora Fire Update: 

Natural Resources Advisor Susie Kocher reports on how forested land burned by the Angora fire in South Lake Tahoe in 2007 is recovering. She monitored seedlings, vegetation, soil and fuels on lands owned by the California Tahoe Conservaney and the US Forest Service. She found that the active approach used by the Conservancy which involved removing dead trees, mulching bare soil and replanting has expedited the re-establishment of the area by many years... The report is posted on the Central Sierra Forestry webpage. 


4-H Events


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Enrollment Open


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MFP Training


Would you like to learn how to safely preserve food and help teach our communities safe food preservation. The Master Food Preservers is a great group of volunteers. The Program Training for Amador/Calaveras counties is gearing up to begin. Please put your name on our interest list to receive more information about training if you would like to join our program.


MFP Classes


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8-18: Jams & Jellies Amador County

8-2: Pickles, Relishes & Sauerkraut
8-4: Tomatoes, Basic & Fancy
8-7: Tomatoes, Basic & Fancy
8-11: Pressure Canning
8-14: Pressure Canning
8-18: Low Sugar
8-21: Dehydrating & Freezing
8-25: Cheese Making
8-28: Low Sugar


MG Classes


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8-25: Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic

8-25: Open Garden

El Dorado
8-4: Fall & Winter Vegetables
8-11: Lawns & Lawn Alternatives
8-18: Mediterranean Gardening
8-25: Perennials

8-4: All About Berries



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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


Kathy Martinez, El Dorado County Nutrition Educator

Kathy Martinez, El Dorado County Nutrition Educator

Welcome our new El Dorado County South Lake Tahoe Nutrition Educator

Kathy Martinez is the new EFNEP Nutrition Educator for El Dorado County. She graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology. She has been involved in her community, working for Tahoe Youth & Family Services and being a board member of Western States Youth Services Network. Her passion for teaching started in her junior year of high school when Lake Tahoe Community College let her participate in the Intensive Summer Spanish Institute as a Conversation Leader.  In the past two years she has worked in elementary schools teaching and tutoring Spanish and ESL.  When not working, Kathy likes to live up to the Tahoe lifestyle-hiking, biking, floating river, riding, climbing, and enjoying the scenery. 


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The Central Sierra 4-H program is looking to build capacity by increasing the amount and types of projects offered to youth in our four counties. Do you have a passion you want to share? Do you love kids? We provide training and support so you wouldn't be doing this in the dark. We are adding projects in all counties and some possible projects may include robotics, cultural arts, soap making, entomology, ballroom dancing, and so much more. The possibilities are endless.

Being a 4-H volunteer is a rewarding experience for both the adult and the youth. Initial commitment is a few hours of training about learning styles and teaching techniques, fingerprinting, and an annual enrollment fee ($15 for 2012/13). Once you are cleared to be a 4-H volunteer, you'll be asked to hold project meetings on a regular basis approximately 2 hours a month. It's that easy!

For those of you that are already a 4-H volunteer, we will be offering a training on September 8th from 9am to 3pm. We'll be discussing how you can incorporate the three 4-H initiatives (Healthy Living, Citizenship, and Science, Engineering, Technology) into any project area, inquiry based learning, diversity awareness, and ways to get families more involved.

If you're interested in being a volunteer, please call the 4-H Program Representative in your county.


Events & Workshops


Availability of Funding to Prepare Forest Management Plans: Informational Meetings for Forest Landowners

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of California Cooperative Extension, Northern California Society of American Foresters and El Dorado County Resource Conservation District are sponsoring two informational meetings for landowners who may be interested in obtaining grant funding for the preparation of forest management plans. 


Who Qualifies? 

 Forested Land

The grant program that will be described at the meetings is available to owners of forestland (any forest type) that is 20-5000 acres in size. 


Where and When?

  • Placerville - August 14, 2012 from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
    El Dorado County RCD offices, 100 Forni Road 
  • Sonora on August 22, 2012 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Tuolumne County Ambulance and Fire Administration Training Room, 18440 Striker Court (off Tuolumne Road)

Light refreshments will be served.  


For More Information: Contact Dr. Richard Harris at or (707) 685-5508.


Amador County Master Gardener Fruit Tree Pruning Clinic

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Fruit Tree Pruning

Have you always pruned your fruit trees in the dormant season?  Are you a novice and not sure about the best way to prune your fruit trees.  Would you like to get control and shape your trees for easier maintenance?  If so, join the Amador County Master Gardeners for a hands-on fruit tree pruning clinic.  You will learn about late summer and fall pruning, the practice now recommended by UC Cooperative Extension based on extensive research. Bring your pruning shears and lopper if you have them.  If not, the Master Gardeners will have extras.


The fruit tree pruning clinic is Saturday, August 25th, 9-11am.  Please call the Master Gardener office (209-223-6838) between 10 noon, M-TH for the clinic location and directions. Leave your name and phone number if you call after hours and we'll return your call.


4-H National Youth Science Day:
Eco-Bot Challenge
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Save the Date!

Where: El Dorado Hills Public Library  7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, CA

When:October 6, 2012 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The 2012 National Science Experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Participants will build their own robots, program their robot to clean up a simulated environmental problem and measure effectiveness by recording data.


See the Eco-Bots Challenge Flyer for more details.

Take a peek at 2011 the experiment:

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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