Protecting Forests for the Other California Gold: Lumber

The lumber industry has a long history in California. Sutter’s Mill, where the discovery that started the Gold Rush was made, wasn’t a flour mill or sugar mill; it was a sawmill.  Lumber’s Unfortunate Legacy Vast forests helped build and heat homes for the miners, the merchants, and the rest that followed, helping to turn…

Department of Conservation Announces New Grants for Watershed Health

Department of Conservation’s Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) awarded $2 million in grants for watershed restoration and agricultural land conservation projects. Each grant went to local Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) in Marin, Sonoma, Kings, and Ventura counties.  “These grants not only support important local projects, but also advance some of Governor Newsom’s key objectives: conserving working…

Protecting California’s Food Supply Through the COVID-19 Pandemic– [a webinar recap]

Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 brought food security — and the resilience of food networks — to the forefront of discussion among policy makers. In particular, the pandemic has highlighted essential role of local farmers in ensuring a reliable and healthy food supply for our state and country. That’s why the American Farmland Trust…

Celebrate Earth Day (Week) With Us–Virtually

“During this especially challenging year, let’s be mindful of this unique time to appreciate the bounty that California has to offer and carry forward our current desire to get outside and enjoy it. Let’s take a moment to think about what we can do to continue appreciating our natural environment and ways to take care of this valuable resource. ” – DOC Director David Shabazian

As Seen on TV: Could a Hollywood-Sized Tsunami Hit Santa Monica?

On Monday night, the Fox Television show “9-1-1” was based around a 50-foot tsunami hitting the Southern California coast near Santa Monica.  The show employed the giant water tanks that were used to create the effects in the movie “Titanic.” The episode ended (to be continued!) with a cresting wave about to engulf the pier….

Santa Clara County Makes Ag Conservation a Priority

Santa Clara County is investing in agricultural conservation infrastructure with the help of planning grant funding administered by the California Department of Conservation (DOC). Until the 1960s, the Santa Clara Valley was referred to as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.” It was home to a multitude of orchards and 39 canneries — the largest fruit…

DOC’s Women in Science Making a Difference

Women In Science Day “The Department of Conservation is home to dozens of earth science experts and experienced, talented staff. From professional engineers, to geologists, botanists, environmental scientists, and more, DOC is proud many of our science-based positions are held by women.  I am proud of the contributions DOC’s women scientists are making toward helping California achieve…

New Year New Faces at DOC

A new year means new faces for our Faces of Conservation project. Faces of Conservation does just that. It puts a face to the work our staff do daily, often outside of the public eye. We are committed to employing top scientists, engineers, technicians, supervisors, and support staff and leveraging their talent to help balance…