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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Sacramento Children’s Museum Host 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Sacramento Children’s Museum Host 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

On Tuesday, April 22, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and the Sacramento Children’s Museum will host their 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration. Starting at 11:00 AM, attendees will be able to celebrate Earth Day 2014 through interactive, Earth-friendly lessons from event partners. This is a free public event, and will take place in the parking lot next to the Children’s Museum. Kids 12 and under will be given free admission into the Children’s Museum.

 

WHO:            

Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Sacramento Children’s Museum

California Department of Parks and Recreation

California Department of Water Resources

California Department of Fish and Game

Sacramento Air Quality Management District

Sacramento Regional Transit

City of Rancho Cordova

Republic Services

Cal American Water

Sacramento Food Bank

Rancho Cordova's E-Waste & Shred It Event Feb. 8

Rancho Cordova's E-Waste & Shred It Event Feb. 8

Source: Shelly Blanchard, Cordova Community Council

Greenprint Summit 2014: Planning for Trees & Public Health

This year’s 4rd Annual Greenprint Summit will expand on last year’s Summit of the critical need to integrate the urban forest into urban planning, given the impact of the urban forest and built environment on urban health. 200 attendees are expected,  including municipal planners, health professionals, elected officials, urban forest managers, and community activists.

The Tree Foundation’s mission is to build healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best regional urban forest in the nation. Over the last decade there has been an explosion in new research and pilot projects involving the impact of the built environment on public health. The Tree Foundation has collaborated on several such projects and many more are happening around the region and in other parts of the country.

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

To feed the world, first light its chicken coops, young entrepreneurs suggest

To feed the world, first light its chicken coops, young entrepreneurs suggest

Sometimes a tiny innovation can crack the world’s toughest problems. Take, for example, a small solar-powered LED light placed in a chicken coop in a developing country.

The light stretches winter daylight hours, boosts the hens’ egg production, puts a reliable supply of nutritious food on the farmer’s table and moves a nation a step closer to food security.

That may leave you breathless, but it’s the meticulously strategized dream of three young visionaries, all affiliated with the University of California, Davis. The trio, calling themselves Henlight, will travel to Berlin Sept. 18 as one of five teams from across the globe competing for investment funding in the finals of the international 2013 Thought for Food Challenge Summit... Read More

California Proposes Nation’s First Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium

California Proposes Nation’s First Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium

August 22, 2013 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today it has submitted a first-in-the-nation drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) ..... Read More